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This is a collection of articles on government suppression of freedom of speech and artistic expression in countries within the former Communist bloc:

Workers Seize City in Eastern Ukraine From Separatists by Andrew E. Kramer in The New York Times, May 15, 2014

What Mr. Putin Can’t Control by the Editorial Board of The New York Times, May 12, 2014

Putin calls on Ukraine rebels to put off secession vote by Matt Robinson and Darya Korsunskaya in Reuters, May 7, 2014

Kiev Struggles to Break Russia’s Grip on Gas Flow by Andrew Higgins in The New York Times, May 4, 2014

Here’s How Obama’s Russia Sanctions Will Destroy Vladimir Putin by Greg Satell in Forbes, April 28, 2014

Russia’s New War Technology in Ukraine by Yulia Latynina in The Moscow times, April 22, 2014

Under Russia, Life in Crimea Grows Chaotic by Neil MacFarquhar in The New York Times, April 21, 2014

Did Putin Declare a Mini Thaw in Culture? by John Freedman in The Moscow Times, April 20, 2014

Forget the Spin, Putin Is Holding a Losing Hand by David Paul in The Huffington Post, April 20, 2014

Ukraine Synagogue Firebombed — Attack Caught on Video by JTA in The Jewish Daily Forward, April 20, 2014

Demands That Jews Register in Eastern Ukraine Are Denounced, and Denied by Andrew E. Kramer in The New York Times, April 17, 2014

Growing Tensions In Ukraine And The Political Motivations Of Vladimir Putin on The Diane Rehm Show with guests Clifford Gaddy, Stephen Sestanovich, Michael McFaul and Leon Aron on April 16, 2014

Russia’s New Culture War by John Freedman in The Moscow Times, April 13, 2014

Russia is remaking itself as the leader of the anti-Western world by Masha Gessen in The Washington Post, March 20, 2014

Confronting Putin’s Russia by Michael A. McFaul in The New York Times, March 23, 2014

Putin wins in Russia only by escalating his war rhetoric by Masha Gessen in The Washington Post, March 14, 2014

Facing Sanctions, Belarus Frees Seven Political Prisoners, but a Dozen Remain in Jail by Michael Schwirtz in The New York Times, January 30, 2011

A Playwright’s Voice, Silenced in a Flash of Terrorism in Moscow by Ellen Barry in The New York Times, January 25, 2011

Lukashenko’s Gulag, editorial in the New York Times, January 10, 2011

Playwrights, Actors Lash Out Against State by John Freedman in The Moscow Times, January 11, 2011

Belarus Signals It Could Seize Opponent’s Son by Michael Schwirtz in The New York Times, January 9, 2011

Clinton Condemns Belarus Crackdown, Meets with Activists, reported by JoAnne Allen for Reuters, January 6, 2011

Belarusian Human Rights Group Reports Police Raid by Yuras Karmanau in The Washington Post, January 5, 2011

Poland Calling on US to Aid Belarus Dissidents by Desmond Butler in The Washington Post, January 5, 2011

Escaped From Belarus, Actors Raise Voices by Larry Rohter for The New York Times, January 4, 2011

Arrests in Russia Signal Divisions Over Dissent by Michael Schwirtz for The New York Times, January 3, 2011

Guilty Verdict for Khodorkovsky, and Russia by Joe Nocera for The New York Times, December 31, 2010

Leaders of Belarus Free Theater Are Forced Underground by Larry Rohter for The New York Times, December 21, 2010

Mikhail Khodorkovsky and new Russian justice by David Remnick for The New Yorker, December 20, 2010

The Lede/Blogging the News With Robert Mackey/Video of Opposition Protests in Belarus, The New York Times Blog, December 20, 2010

Frost at the Core: Dimitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin are presiding over a system that can no longer change in The Economist, December 9, 2010

In Belarus, Theater as Activism by David L. Stern for The New York Times, September 22, 2009

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