Founded as a section of openDemocracy.net in 2008, oDR (openDemocracy Russia) seeks to connect Russia and the post-Soviet space to the rest of the world. It offers a non-partisan platform for marginalised voices within the region, for people to tell their stories to the outside world, and a space for arguments that are either censored or left behind by mainstream discourse, whether in the east or the west.
Latest posts by openDemocracy Russia
Fear, self-censorship and job insecurity are leading to ethical violations in the country’s universities and scientific establishments.
As COP26 continues, Open Democracy asks experts whether the Kremlin’s latest moves on climate, including its 2060 net-zero target, heralds genuine change or more greenwash.
Drawings sent to friends and family by Belarusian political prisoners, detained in a crackdown after the 2020 elections, provide an insight into their lives.
The effects of Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ legislation against media and civil society have been direct and deeply troubling. They are now, in effect, deemed ‘enemies of the people’.
"Of course, all elections are held with violations, but these were held with record numbers of violations!"
Antijob, an online database of anonymous complaints about Russian employers, has been blocked by censors following a defamation case brought by a Moscow real estate firm.
The arrest of Crimean Tatar political leader Nariman Dzhelyal is a grim reminder of the reality of Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimea.
Every year, thousands of Central Asian citizens try to overcome the restrictions attached to the citizenship they acquired at birth and apply for a Russian passport.
Russia is finally embracing transparency—so long as it poses no threat to political stability, writes Andrei Jvirblis in this openDemocracy Russia overview of the Kremlin's open government efforts.