The Legacies of 1989: Myths and Realities of Civil Society

January 2014

The changes that civil societies in Central and Eastern Europe have experienced since communism’s fall are real, but often misunderstood.

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The Legacies of 1989: The Moving Ruins

January 2014

Communism is gone, but while it was alive and in power it bred profound moral pathologies that still haunt the region.

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Albania: From Bunkers to Ballots

January 2014

After a half-century of brutal communist rule and two decades of troubled postcommunist life, this small Balkan state surprised many by achieving a successful turnover of power by means of the ballot.

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Putin versus Civil Society: The Long Struggle for Freedom

July 2013
Today’s Russian protest movement in many ways resembles past civil-rights and civil-resistance efforts in other parts of the world, from its commitment to nonviolence to its key demands—a vote that counts and equality under the law.
 
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Putin versus Civil Society: Outlawing the Opposition

July 2013

The Putin regime, having faced its first real challenge in the form of mass protests after the 2011 Duma elections, is responding with a series of laws intended to intimidate its civil-society opposition, if not stamp it out altogether.

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