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PONARS Eurasia 25 Aug 2018
(NEW YORK TIMES) Russia’s meddling in the United States’ elections is not a hoax. It’s the culmination of Moscow’s decades-long campaign to tear the West apart. “Operation InfeKtion” reveals the ways in which one of the Soviets’ central tactics — the promulgation of lies about America — continues today, from Pizzagate to George Soros conspiracies. Meet the KGB spies who conceived this virus and...
PONARS Eurasia 06 Jun 2016
(Journeyman Pictures) A Long Absence: The effect of widespread economic migration on the people left behind. Tempted by opportunities in Russia and the EU, one in three Moldovans have migrated to seek work.
PONARS Eurasia 20 Jan 2016
(Al Jazeera English) In October 2015 a presidential election was held in Belarus. It wasn't a convincing contest and few thought that victory would go to anyone other than the man who had ruled the country for the past two decades. With an economy in tatters and a chilling charge list of human rights violations against his name, Alexander Lukashenko has long presided over Europe's closest...
PONARS Eurasia 30 Oct 2015
(AL JAZEERA) In Search of Putin's Russia - Kremlin Rules Twenty-five years after the Cold War, fear of Russia's regional ambitions seems once again to be on the rise; while many Russians, in turn, feel threatened and misunderstood by the West. The country's president, Vladimir Putin, had said that he would "reclaim what was rightfully Russia's", and now this seems to be playing out in Crimea...
PONARS Eurasia 28 Jun 2011
(PBS) Find out more at "My Perestroika" is an intimate look at the last generation of Soviet children. Five classmates go from living sheltered childhoods to experiencing the hopes of Gorbachev's reforms and the confusion of the USSR's dissolution, to searching for their places in today's Moscow. With candor and humor, the punk rocker, single mother,...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Jul 2008
(BBC) Azerbaijan and Armenia became independent after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but a mountainous area of Azerbaijan called Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) triggered war. Historically it was mainly Armenian Christian, and when it wanted its own independence, Armenian troops helped the Karabakh army push Azeris out. Azerbaijan is still officially at war over NK, and Simons journey starts in...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Jan 2005
(JOURNEYMAN PICTURES) One year on and there is still no justice for those killed in the massacre in Andijan, Uzbekistan on 13 May 2005. After an attempt by gunmen to release religious extremists in the jails, the whole town was moved to protest not simply over the men in prison but poverty and a repressive government regime. Hundreds of unarmed people were killed and injured. This film was made...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Jan 2001
(JOURNEYMAN PICTURES) After the fall of the Soviet Union, millions poured into Azerbaijan's oil industry. But only a select few reaped the rewards. Presented by Marcel Theroux. The oil-rich Azerbaijan ought to be a text book example of the benefits of globalisation. Multinationals from across the globe have poured in cash to exploit its oil wealth, and now a tidal wave of money is hitting...