Author: Aleksander Jerzy Szczerbuk

The Deterioration Of Relations Between Ukraine And Georgia Continues

The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has imposed sanctions on relatives of the Georgian ruling political party’s founder and former leader, Bidzina Ivanishvili, according to a decree issued on 19th October. The approval of the decision of the National Security and Defence Council introduces a list of 256 individuals, who have

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Central Asia’s Cooperation Treaty Faces A Lack Of Consensus

The presidents of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan refused to sign the treaty of cooperation and friendship with other Central Asian countries. On 21st July, in Kyrgyzstan, the regional leaders held a conference to improve and increase the level of regional integration in the spheres of economy, science and politics. According to

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Constitutional Reforms Lead To Bloody Protests In Uzbekistan

18 people were killed and 243 injured during bloody clashes between protesters and security forces in Nukus, western Uzbekistan, after the announcement of constitutional reforms. In the aftermath of the demonstration, the Uzbek government declared the imposition of a month-long state of emergency, which involved the blockade of internet access,

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State Within A State: Autocracy And Lawlessness In Chechnya

On the 25th of February 2022, the world observed the fragmentary footage of Ramazan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, delivering a speech to approximately 12,000 servicemen in the centre of Grozny. In this propaganda video, which involved the demonstration of heavy weaponry and armaments, the leader confirmed the

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Georgian President Vetoes Divisive Surveillance Bill

For the first time since the beginning of her term, Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili has used her veto against the controversial surveillance legislative bill proposed by the parliament. On 22nd June, the president claimed in a statement that the adoption of these laws would authorise the restrictions of human rights

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UN High Commissioner Faces Whitewashing Accusations After Mission To China

A torrent of criticism fell on the current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, for the official visit conducted between 23-28 May 2022 in China. The UN’s human rights chief has been accused of whitewashing and using Beijing’s propaganda language in her summative statement, having conducted the mission

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