In an earlier age, dissidents and political activists could be treated somewhat like royalty by fellow inmates when they were locked up. Not any more in Armenia. Some prominent government critics openly worry that they will be targeted for abuse if they ever find themselves behind bars.
In many democratic systems, holding legislative elections amid spiraling inflation, a rapidly depreciating currency, sharp contractions in government expenditure and reports of job losses and delayed wages usually spells trouble for a governing party.
Not long after dawn on an early autumn day last year, a group of about 40 people – most of them children accompanied by their fathers – assembled near the central train station in the Latvian capital Riga. They proceeded to board a bus and head for a compound located in a pine forest about 10 kilometers away.
A video now circulating on social media platforms in Kyrgyzstan is highlighting a persistent and problematic trend – the intimidation of Kyrgyz women by self-styled conservative patriots, both at home and abroad.
A long history of mutual enmity is exacerbating tension between Turkey and Russia. Leaders in both countries are apt to view their current hostilities through the prism of a bitterly contested imperial past.