Category: Russia and Eastern Europe

Lillie Lyon Blog #4: COVID-19 in Russia and Eastern Europe

As the coronavirus pandemic affects more and more countries, the variety of responses by those countries’ governments provides insight into how those governments operate more generally, and what is accepted or not accepted by their citizens. While there are some governmental responses that, based on my consumption of local TV news, seem pretty universal—like stay in place orders and the… Read more →

Uprisings in Poland: Solidaridad – Ellie Beuley

Uprisings in Poland: Solidaridad   As a member of the USSR, throughout the late twentieth century Poland was once again under the control of the Soviet Union/Russia. Since the late 1950’s the USSR had faced several uprisings like the ones in Hungary and Prague, and they had swiftly crushed them. However, by the time 1980 came around Brezhnev, the Soviet… Read more →

Democracy and the Church in Today’s Poland – Marta Maliszewska

As I talked about in my previous blog post, the tension between the Polish church and democratic party was liable to escalate after the fall of communism. Indeed, soon as the fight against communism was won, tensions between the church’s ideology and that of the liberal democratic movement began to rise and have continued to do so, largely because of… Read more →

Lillie Lyon Blog Post #3

In Russia and other parts of Eastern Europe, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) face numerous barriers to successful operation, many directly and indirectly imposed by the governments under which they operate. An notable marker of this is a law enacted in Russia in 2014, which places substantial restrictions on non-governmental organizations who are deemed “foreign agents” (Valvoda, “Russia: Four years of Putin’s… Read more →

Warsaw Uprising and Operation Tempest: Uprisings in Poland – Ellie Beuley

Warsaw, the capital of Poland and a major hotbed for resistance during WWII, once again erupted in 1945. Since 1939, Poland had been held by Nazi forces, but as Red army forces approached citizens in Poland, especially Warsaw, were spurred into action. And once again Warsaw erupted in revolution against their Nazi oppressors, this movement was led by the Polish… Read more →

A Temporary Alliance? Polish Resistance Movement, The Catholic Church, and John Paul II – Marta Maliszewska

The church played an at first reserved, but eventually supportive role of anti-communist, democratic dissent in Poland. When democratic opposition began to grow in the 1970s, the Church was torn on maintaining their continued stance against the Communists. It was committed to preserving social peace and wanted to avoid a violent uprising at all costs (Bernstein). The clergy feared that… Read more →

Lillie Lyon Blog #2

According to the Russian government’s website, the Ministry of Culture is charged with “…drafting and implementing national policy and the legal regulation of culture, the arts, historical and cultural heritage (including archaeological heritage), cinematography, archiving, tourism, copyright and associated rights” (“Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation”). There has been substantial discourse in recent years regarding actions taken by the… Read more →

History of the Electoral Process in the Soviet Union-Ester Rekhelman

In order to better understand the disillusionment from government that many USSR citizens experienced, it is necessary to first understand the history of the electoral system in the republic. In 1924, when the Soviet government was established, “class alien elements” or ostracized citizens such as priests, were denied the right to vote, and the mechanism of indirect election was put… Read more →

November Insurrection: Uprisings in Poland (Elizabeth Beuley)

The November Insurrection, Polish–Russian War, or the Cadet Revolution: all names for the same event. An event where Poland once again rebelled against foreign captors. In 1830, Polish people in western Poland were sick of being a colony of the Russian empire and saw their only path to freedom was violent revolt. According to Fanon “decolonization is a violent phenomenon,”… Read more →

Blog Post 2 – The Church and Anti-Communist Resistance in Poland – Marta Maliszewska

In order to look at the change in religiosity in Poland now, I thought it would be important to first look at the history of the Roman Catholic church in Poland and determine why so many people were loyal to it in the first place. I’ve found that Poland remains such a religiously homogeneous country in large part because of… Read more →