Arina Lopukhina

"Manuscripts don't burn." - Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

Mass Protests in Belarus: Tipping Point for Europe’s Last Dictatorship

  Belarus, a small state on the edge of Europe, rarely makes it to international headlines. However, starting August 9, astonishing hard-to-miss protests sparked in the country following the presidential election results. As in 2011 elections (and the ones earlier), opposition activists pointed out deliberate falsification of vote counts, which… Read More »Mass Protests in Belarus: Tipping Point for Europe’s Last Dictatorship

Chechnya: Forceful Reshaping of National Identity

Chechnya is infamous for the blaring cases of human rights violations and terrorism, which are often blamed on the prevalence of Islam in the region. However, ironically, Chechens have only undergone a major process of Islamization relatively recently and historically preferred a syncretist approach to socio-religious matters. In the modern… Read More »Chechnya: Forceful Reshaping of National Identity