“Non-citizenship” is a special status that was given to those Latvians whose families came to the country during the Soviet occupation. They are neither citizens, nor foreigners, nor stateless persons — they are something in between. Non-citizens are not allowed to vote, run for office, nor serve in the military…

Navalny remains in a medically induced coma since August 20

Alexei Navalny had become the most prominent face of Russian opposition in the last decade — his Anti-Corruption Foundation’s (FBK) investigations gain millions of views and anti-government meetings gather tens of thousands.

The loudest Vladimir Putin’s critic has been in a coma for almost two weeks now. The Charité Hospital…

There is about to be a genocide in Europe. The world needs to act now.

Center of Minsk on the night after the official election results were announced

This election year, everything changed in Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko, a dictator who’s been in power for 26 years has been faced with opposition from three real candidates — an unprecedented political activity for Belarus.

Two…

‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ premiered and competed at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival for the U.S. Dramatic Competition Grand Jury Prize, where it won a Special Jury Award for Neo-Realism. It was also selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize (the second most prestigious prize at the festival).

Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) says as many words throughout ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ as there are in a Tarantino dialogue. This does not make her character look less real than Beatrix Kiddo. …

Nikita Shurkhovetsky

Journalist. Activist. From Latvia. Graduate of City, University of London ‘21.

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