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How Putin’s war affects Eastern Europe – and the Russians who left

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Brussels, August 25, 2020
by Gian-Paulo Accordo, AEJ member, co-founder and editor of VOX- Europe
In Georgia, the war in Ukraine has opened a fresh wound, that of the 2008 Russian invasion. The memory of the blitzkrieg and the occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia make it difficult to share a country with the 100,000 or so Russians who have fled Russia, says Georgian playwright and translator Davit Gabunia in this new episode of our series looking at the war in Ukraine from an Eastern European perspective.
We are also featuring the episodes released in recent weeks: Polish writer and journalist Leszek Jazdzewski‘s meeting with Ukrainian refugees disembarking from their train, and Hungarian historian György Dalos‘ analysis of his country’s tumultuous relationship with Russia, especially under Viktor Orbán.
Whether collateral damage of the war or an operation contrived by Alexander Lukashenko’s regime, the destruction of World War II Polish resistance fighters’ graves in Belarus raises questions about the relationship of former Communist countries with recent history, as The Village Belarus reports.

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