Muftah has established itself as a source for diverse perspectives on the Middle East and North Africa, and has challenged dominant narratives about these countries for more than four years. Now, Muftah is expanding its coverage to another misrepresented part of the globe: Eastern Europe.

While the region has come into the spotlight this year, it has not been under the most desirable circumstances. Political tensions and violent conflict have dominated much of the international discussion and coverage. Headlines have made claims about the Cold War’s resurgence and entrenched ethnic hatreds. In the process, Eastern Europe’s rich history and diverse cultures have been ignored.

In this Special Collection, authors with extensive experience on the region provide perspectives on politics, music, economics, and history to share stories that are absent from mainstream media coverage on Eastern Europe. These articles include a look at commemorations for victims of communism in Bulgaria that conveniently ignore ties to Hitler and Nazism, Moscow’s efforts to influence citizens of Kaliningrad and Crimea to develop closer relations with Russia, and the recent impact of Ukrainian politics on the Russian far right.

We encourage you to share your thoughts and reactions to these pieces on the site, as well as on Twitter and Facebook. This collection is just the beginning. We look forward to continuing the conversation and confronting dominant narratives about Eastern Europe.

 

Victims of Communism and Historical Amnesia in Eastern Europe

By Kristen Ghodsee

A Crimean Future: Lessons from Kaliningrad

By Gary Bearden

Ukraine Crisis Divides Russian Far Right

By Matthew Kupfer

Russian Musical Beats and the Western Gaze

By Valentina Michelotti

The Dangerous Status Quo in Moldova

By Malina Dumas

 

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