Latvia has just passed new laws that require a gradual switch from Russian or bilingual curricula in schools to teaching only in Latvian. Aimed at integration, the legislation may in fact further alienate Russophones at a time of low trust and heightened tension between the West and Russia.
In 'Communism’s shadow: historical legacies and contemporary political attitudes' Grigore Pop-Eleches and Joshua A. Tucker study how the experience of living through communism shaped the attitude of people in post-communist countries. They show that legacy effects of communism can be found and that those effects are surprisingly consistent.
Political instability and the conflict in the east of the country have radically altered patterns of migration from Ukraine. Given the threat of population decline, the outflow of labour poses a serious challenge for the future – one which Ukraine needs to take seriously.
On 8 April, Hungary will hold a parliamentary election, and prime minister Viktor Orbán’s party will probably triumph again. A surprise like the recent defeat of a Fidesz mayoral candidate in a party stronghold is unlikely to be repeated, because it is difficult for anti-government forces to unite.
There is a dominant idea in Russia that sociology ought to serve the state. For researchers and institutions that find themselves outside the box, this causes serious problems. In recent years, the pressure on independent sociology has increased.