29|09|16 Le Monde diplomatique:
AFTER THE FIGHTING
February|16 Le Monde diplomatique:
BEACH LIFE UN CRIMEA
Yalta on the southern coast of Crimea is one of the most popular tourist destination on the peninsula. The year 2015 was the first more or less normal bathing season since Russia’s annexation in march 2014.
04|01|16 Le Monde diplomatique:
UKRAINE CONFLICT REACHES THE CAUCASUS
August|15 Le Monde diplomatique:
THE SOCIALIST CITY
The neighbourhood of Sotsgorod (which means ‘socialist city’ in Russian) was built according to the ideals of Soviet urban planning. It is located in the important Ukrainian industrial city of Zaporizhia.
March|15 Le Monde diplomatique:
THE VALUE OF A FROZEN CONFLICT
Transnistria would love to join Russia, but Russia doesn’t welcome that. It wants the not-quite independent territory to stay as it is, causing trouble for Moldova and keeping it out of the EU and NATO
February|15 Le Monde diplomatique:
TRAM HERITAGE UNDER THREAT
Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, numerous cities in former Soviet republics have dismantled or downgraded their tramway systems
December|14 Le Monde diplomatique:
KIEV’S SOVIET LEGACY
15|11|14 Boston Globe:
WHERE THE SOVIET CARS COME TO REST
04|10|14 Boston Globe:
BAKU OFFERS ONE GEM AFTER ANOTHER
24|07|14 Le Monde diplomatique:
THE GHOST OF COMMUNISM HAUNTS TULA’S GRAVEYARD
All Saints cemetery in the Russian city of Tula is home to thousands of hidden and overgrown tombs. Several burial sites are laid out in Communist design and decorated with the symbols of its ideology
17|04|14 Le Monde diplomatique:
SUMQAYIT, AN ECOLOGICAL ARMAGEDDON
Sumqayit, in Azerbaijan, is one of the most polluted places on earth. For more than 40 years the city was an important center for chemical production in the Soviet Union. The people living here are still suffering from the consequences. And the current Azeri regime is not doing much to clean up the mess.
March|14 Le Monde diplomatique:
BUILDING FOR THE MASSES
The constructivist architecture of the early Soviet state has been neglected and is being demolished, despite the enthusiasts who have begun to appreciate its radical strength. The current Russian state doesn’t like what the buildings stand for.
04|02|14 Le Monde diplomatique:
ARMENIA REMEMBERS ITS ARCHITECTURAL LEGACY
Soviet architecture from the second half of the 20th century is being reevaluated, both in the West and in the former USSR republics. That includes Armenia.
December|13 – Le Monde diplomatique:
GEORGIA DREAMS OF A NEW TRANSPORT SYSTEM
Other towns have buses or trams. In Chiatura, in mountainous Georgia, a vast system of cable cars serve public transportation needs, bringing passengers to the neighbourhoods up the slopes.
April|08 Syria Today:
As petrol prices soar and Syria’s roads become increasingly congested, the country’s long-neglected railways are being upgraded to provide smoother and cleaner transport alternatives.