Author: Angelachiara Allegretti

Smoke and Mirrors in Turkmenistan: Democratization or Power Transition?

  [Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno]   On March 28, the citizens of Turkmenistan went to the polls to elect, for the first time, the members of the new upper house of Parliament. It is a novelty of these elections: until now, in fact, the Turkmen Parliament was composed of...

Apam Aitkan (Mom Said) | Zere

Commentary by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Armadilly Apam Aitkan, in English ‘Mom said’, is the title of the new song by the young Kyrgyz singer and activist Zere Asylbek, become famous in 2018 with the song Kyz (Girl). Released in November 2020, the song is about the harassment...

Belarus has woken up

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno The official results of the Belarusian presidential election of 9 August 2020 overwhelmingly sanctioned the victory of outgoing President Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has led the country for the past 26 years. In the weeks before and after the election, numerous...

Something brewing in Kyrgyzstan, again

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Armadilly After the 4 October parliamentary elections, Kyrgyzstan was shaken by violent protests. The Kyrgyz population took to the streets in the capital Bishkek and throughout the country to protest the results of the vote. The two parties close to the current...

What is going on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Francesco Moretti On Sunday, July 12th,  hostilities broke out on the border between the Tavush Province of Armenia and Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district. The clashes don’t have a clear dynamic yet. The authorities of both countries blame each other for starting the hostilities...

No need for successors

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Tommaso Bisagni On June 25, Russia went to the polls to vote in a national referendum on the controversial amendments to the country’s constitution. The referendum, originally scheduled for April 22, was postponed to June 24 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Voting...

The Empty City to the Gates of Hell | Jay Tindall

Commentary by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Armadilly Comics Turkmenistan is one of the most isolated yet interesting countries in the world. There is a National Holiday dedicated to horses, foreigners can’t correctly pronounce the President’s name, and most of the social media is censored. For all these reasons,...

The environmental disaster that threatens the Arctic

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Guido Brualdi On May 29, a tanker for refueling the Norilsk power plant, a Russian city located in the Krasnojarsk region, Northern Siberia, has released after an accident, about 20,000 tons of fuel and lubricants. The fuel spill has reached the waters...

The nightmare of domestic violence in Russia

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Matilde Morri These months have been very frustrating for everyone, the lockdown has forced us to change our habits, our lives, and the relationship with the neighbor, staying home was the only way to be safe. However, for many, the lockdown has...