New Articles on the TOL website

Around the Bloc: Ukrainian Prosecutor Accuses His Boss of Quashing Big Graft Cases
One high-profile suspect once employed Joe Biden’s son at a time when Washington consultants were chasing the big money on offer from Kyiv.
2 May 2019

Fourth Estate: Taking Stock of Playboy Since 1989
Looking back over nearly 30 years of local editions in TOL’s region, can Playboy be satisfied with its track record?
1 May 2019

Society: The International Workers’ Day That We Lost
In the Soviet Union, May Day devolved into a formal holiday with little direct political meaning. Today, Ukraine has never been further from trade union struggle. From openDemocracy.
1 May 2019

Around the Bloc: Russian Military Spending Falls for Second Year
Russia still pumps more economic output into defense spending than almost any other country.
30 April 2019

Around the Bloc: Language Law Riles Ukraine’s Neighbors
Ukrainian enshrined as the sole official language and predominant tongue across all media.
30 April 2019

Around the Bloc: Can Saxaul Save the Aral?
A native tree shows great promise as a bulwark against the desert spreading over the dried-up sea bed.
30 April 2019

Society: #10YearChallenge Sparks Hijab Debate
A social media challenge has revealed how much Turkey has changed over a decade.
29 April 2019

Around the Bloc: Armenia’s Year of Living Differently
Much has changed since a crop of young reformers vaulted to power in Yerevan. Not always for the better, government critics are saying.
26 April 2019

Around the Bloc: Moscow Extends Cautious Welcome to Ukraine’s President-Elect
Clean oil could begin flowing by 29 April, unblocking supplies to Polish and German refineries.
26 April 2019

Around the Bloc: Bosnian Serbs Mourn Businessman Who Stood Up to the System
Security firm owner and foe of Serb leader Dodik died in an apparent contract killing.
26 April 2019


Pashinyan Launches Ambitious Economic Reform Roadmap
Despite rapid growth, Armenia’s economy remains puny compared to even the poorest EU countries.
19 February 2019

Bosniak Wartime General Charged Over Massacre of Serbs
Atif Dudakovic and 16 other former soldiers stand accused of killing elderly civilians, destroying Orthodox churches during the 1992-95 conflict. 
12 October 2018

Contaminated Aral Sea Salt Causes Havoc
An unusual storm made breathing difficult and raised fears of crop damage as dust and salt from the desiccated Aral Sea spread over hundreds of kilometers.
4 June 2018

Czech Strike Underlines Social Divisions
The 16 June transport strike was less crippling than unions hoped, but the government still needs to broaden its view beyond the concerns of well-off urbanites.
17 June 2011