Nord Stream 2: Germany’s geopolitical blunder

It was an ill-fated attempt by the German President Franz-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) to defend the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a German-Russian project to transport gas from Russia to Germany. In an interview, he claimed that the project remains one of…

Recent Events in Russia: Rich and Sometimes Absurd

On January 17, after a long recovery in Germany from the near-fatal attack on his life using the nerve agent “Novichok”, Russian opposition leader and activist Alexei Navalny returned to Moscow. Upon his arrival, he was immediately detained at Sheremetyevo…

Interview with Nikolay Artemenko

This is an article in our series of interviews with liberal and democratic youth organisations. Other interviews can be found here. Nikolay Artemenko is the Federal Coordinator of Vremya, a Russian youth movement that started in St Petersburg, and now has…

Protest in Russia: the Case of Ivan Golunov

Recent events in Russia hint at an opportunity for a new political reality in the country. The release of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov a few weeks ago followed unprecedented though still somewhat small-scale protests. This sends a clear message to…

PACE Summer Session 2018: Does Russia have a Future in the Council of Europe?

The Sword of Damocles of Russian non-participation was hanging over the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Russia is currently not participating in PACE sessions. Recently, it threatened to go even further, announcing to…

Ukraine Today: is There Light at the End of a Dark Tunnel?

Whenever I speak to people from abroad, I find that most of them have very similar ideas about the situation in Ukraine. The most common questions that I hear are:  “Is it safe in Kyiv present days?”, “Is your country…

The Holy Fight for St. Isaac’s Cathedral

**Polskie tłumaczenie tego artykułu można znaleźć tutaj: liberte.pl/kosciol-kontra-spoleczenstwo-obywatelskie-swieta-walka-o-sobor-sw-izaaka-w-petersburgu/** It was a cold and misty February morning, when four thousand people of different ages, professions and religions, who did not know each, joined their hands and formed three rings around St.…

How Finland’s Complicated Relationship With Russia Makes It a Peace-Builder Nation

Everything follows from the Finnish–Russian relationship, which is twofold. The story begins with the role of Russia in Finnish history. Although there have been some conflicts between the two peoples, many Finns have a lot of positive things to say…

Sweden and NATO, an Alliance Without Obligations – Christoffer Karlsson

As some of you may know, Sweden is not a member of NATO. Sweden has, though, a deep and long standing history of cooperation with NATO and NATO members bilaterally. In this article I will explain Sweden’s history with NATO and how the…

A Surge of Liberals in Tbilisi – Sandro Sarukhanishvili

იხილეთ ქვემოთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია / see below for the Georgian version of this article. Last week was one of the best ones I can remember; liberals from all over the world gathered in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. On…