Also by Tony Wesolowsky
November 22, 2022
To Keep The Trauma At Bay, Ukrainian Refugee Children Are Given More Time To Play
Months after arriving in the Czech Republic after Russia's invasion of their homeland, children from Ukraine are trying to make the best of their new lives in Prague. A small recreation center in the Czech capital is helping them cope, simply by letting them play.
November 03, 2022
Ilan Shor: The Kremlin's New Man In Moldova
Ilan Shor is a shady businessman, convicted of fraud in connection with the biggest bank heist ever in Moldova. Now, Russia's Federal Security Service is allegedly bankrolling the Israeli-based oligarch to destabilize the former Soviet republic.
October 03, 2022
Interview: Do Bulgaria's Snap Elections Signal A Shift Away From The West And Toward The Kremlin?
Bulgarians went to the polls on October 2 for the fourth time in 18 months in a bid to end political instability in the Balkan nation. Dimitar Bechev, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe and lecturer at Oxford University, analyzes the results.
September 07, 2022
Wanted In Ukraine, Welcomed In Georgia? Pro-Russian Separatist Supporter Trades Crypto In Tbilisi
Daniil Deev is wanted in Ukraine for backing pro-Russian separatists but for the past month has been living in Tbilisi, apparently helping Russians trade cryptocurrency. While Georgia has looked the other way, some Kremlin critics have found the authorities to be less accommodating.
September 04, 2022
In Bulgaria, An Open Road For Putin's Favorite Biker Gang, The Night Wolves
Because of their friendly ties to the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin, the Russian bikers, the Night Wolves, face roadblocks across the EU. But in Bulgaria, a branch of the gang is cruising along, meeting and greeting Russian officials and blessed by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
September 01, 2022
Bloody Crackdowns And 'Criminal' Inaction: Mikhail Gorbachev's Darker Legacy
Accidental or not, Mikhail Gorbachev's actions led to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the unshackling of its republics. But on his death, many in the region remember Gorbachev not for that independence but efforts, including crackdowns, to keep the empire intact.
August 24, 2022
As Czech Support For Refugees Wanes, Ukrainians Fleeing The War Are Facing Tougher Choices
A recent visit to the main train station in Prague suggests some Ukrainian refugees are adjusting while others are struggling, living in limbo, as the Czech Republic taps down some of its support.
August 08, 2022
Who Is Daria Aslamova, The Russian Journalist Expelled From Kosovo?
Daria Aslamova, a Russian journalist working for the pro-Kremlin Komsomolskaya Pravda, has been arrested by Kosovar authorities and accused of working for Russian intelligence. The accusations come amid tensions on the border with Serbia, including a Kosovar police unit coming under fire.
July 21, 2022
Barred In EU, Could Russia's RT Find A Home In Serbia?
Russian international broadcaster RT has been banned in the EU for perceived Kremlin propaganda. Already resistant to joining European sanctions over Russia's war on Ukraine, EU candidate Serbia could open a side door for Moscow by giving RT a license to operate there.
June 25, 2022
Risking UEFA Backlash, Red Star Belgrade To Face Zenit St. Petersburg In 'Clash Of Champions'
Shunned by most of the sporting world for its invasion of Ukraine, Russia will host a "clash of champions" when Zenit St. Petersburg plays Red Star Belgrade in July. Both soccer clubs are sponsored by Gazprom, which has large holdings in Serbia, an EU aspirant but also an ally of Russia.
June 15, 2022
The Rosatom Exemption: How Russia's State-Run Nuclear Giant Has Escaped Sanctions
The West has sanctioned Russian natural gas, oil, and coal since Vladimir Putin launched his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Not blacklisted is the Russian nuclear fuel provided by Rosatom, the Russian state-run colossus with deep global energy ties.
June 05, 2022
Can Grain Trains Save Ukrainian Farmers, And Avert A Global Food Crisis?
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, Ukrainian farmers have struggled to get their crops to market due to a Russian naval blockade of the country's Black Sea ports. Now, Ukraine, its neighbors, and the EU are scrambling to find alternative routes, including rail. But is it enough?
May 06, 2022
Facing Mass Protests Calling For Him To Resign, Armenia's Prime Minister Is Running Out Of Options
The streets of Yerevan have witnessed weeks of demonstrations calling on the prime minister to resign, as pressure grows from Baku to reach a peace deal on the decades-long dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh.
May 05, 2022
Can Azerbaijan Help Europe Kick Its Russian Gas Habit?
Facing mounting sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine, Russia has responded by closing the gas taps to Bulgaria and Poland and threatening to do likewise to other EU states. Bulgaria now says it will look to Azerbaijan for its gas. Can Baku help the EU in its energy showdown with the Kremlin?
April 27, 2022
First Ukraine, Now Moldova? Is The Kremlin About To Expand Its War?
A series of explosions over recent days in Transdniester, a breakaway region of Moldova, has raised fears that the Kremlin may be set to expand its war. But facing a fierce fight already in Ukraine, is that realistic?
April 03, 2022
OSCE Monitors Hungarian Elections Amid Voter Fraud Fears
With Viktor Orban facing possibly the biggest challenge to his rule in Hungary's election on April 3, Europe's main security and rights watchdog has taken the unprecedented step of sending a large observer mission to the EU state.