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Contents Tales from the Baltics

46 How far right politics derailed

7 We are still searching for

Estonian higher education success Anastasiia Starchenko our strategy with Russia An interview with Linas Linkevičius “The Baltics were a part of the Soviet Union – forcibly included, but nevertheless de facto a part of the USSR. I still can better understand Moldovans, Ukrainians, Belarusians and Georgians than others in the West, to be honest.”

15 The Baltic states.

Three peas in a pod? Andres Kasekamp The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are often together associated as a bloc, with a similar history, culture and politics. While there are some commonalities among the three countries, there are also some key characteristics that make them quite different from each other.

Opinion and Analysis

51 Russia’s police state showed its real face in latest protest crackdown Giovanni Pigni Facing the largest street protests in a decade, Russian authorities responded with an unprecedented wave of repression. The harsh crackdown seems to have had the desired effect: Navalny’s allies were forced to put their protests on hold.

57 Everyone understands what is happening Victoria Odissonova

63 Zelenskyy takes on Russia’s

20 The Baltic phoenix

Grzegorz Szymborski Their re-emergence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania created many legal questions as they all began to claim renewal of their previous statehoods existing in 1918 – 1940.

28 Russians in Estonia.

We are not “them”, we are “us” Kristina Kallas Access to good education, healthcare, social welfare and general public services have all contributed to the often difficult process of better integrating mostly older generations of Russianspeakers into Estonian society.

33 Photo story. Pandemic in the Baltics

Paul Pärn, Solveiga Kaļva and Jakob Wöllenstein

41 Latvia prepares for big step in LGBTQ+ rights Ričards Umbraško information warfare campaign against Ukraine Taras Kuzio On February 2nd Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a presidential decree sanctioning Lviv oligarch Taras Kozak’s companies which owns three pro-Russian television channels. Unofficially, these channels are controlled by Viktor Medvedchuk, Putin’s right-hand man in Ukraine.

71 Joe Biden needs Eastern

Europe as a success story Vladyslav Faraponov

75 Georgia’s household debt crisis deepens in the wake of COVID-19 Mackenzie Baldinger

81 What is really behind Ivanishvili’s decision to quit politics Soso Dzamukashvili The announcement earlier this year of Bidzina Ivanishvili’s departure from

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