VIOLENCE AGAINST JOURNALISTS IN THE CAUCASUS AND BALTICS: A COMPARATIVE STUDY
NUMBER 1 • VOLUME 27 • JUNE 2016
The world changed dramatically in 1991 when the sprawling Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) imploded as an empire after seven decades, not long after liberating its satellite states in Eastern and Central Europe. A political, economic, and multicultural system of ideology and authoritarianism born in revolution literally fell apart under the pressure of growing public dissatisfaction, rival political ambitions, economic
stagnation, and grassroots citizen activism.