Whether it’s staying on top of the latest developments in Ukraine, analysis of Russia’s political machinations, or the newest Femen campaign, Twitter is invaluable for monitoring news from the post-Soviet region.
It's almost impossible to condense the best tweeters from 15
countries into a short list, but we've made a start on our our pick of regional experts tweeting on breaking news, mostly in English.
This is the first in a series of pieces from the New East network on social media in the post-Soviet region and who to follow, which is also available as a Twitter list.
Who have we missed? Tell us in the comments below and we'll add the best suggestions to the list. If you have any problems posting, or you’d rather do so anonymously, please email email@example.com.
Dmitri Trenin @DmitriTrenin
Editor of Eurasia Outlook, a blog hosted by @CarnegieRussia, one of our partners on the New East network.
Joanna Lillis @joannalillis
Journalist reporting on central Asia, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
David Trilling @dtrilling
Central Asia editor for @EurasiaNet, one of our partners on the New East network.
Joshua Kucera @joshuakucera
Writes about international news, foreign policy, geopolitics, military with a specific focus on post-Soviet states. Runs @TheBugPit blog, focused on military and security Central Asia and Caucasus.
Howard Amos @howardamos
Reporter based in Russia, contributor to the Guardian.
Christopher Miller @ChristopherJM
Daniel Sandford @BBCDanielS
Max Seddon @maxseddon
Foreign affairs reporter for @BuzzFeed, based in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Glenn Kates @gkates
An independent newspaper covering the latest political, economic, business and cultural news in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Central Asian News @CANews_org
Official Twitter of AKIpress, part of the Central Asian News Service. Tweeting updates from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
And the Guardian team
Starting with our Moscow correspondent, Shaun Walker @shaunwalker7:
Other Guardian staff reporting from the region include: Luke Harding (@lukeharding1968), the Guardian's former Moscow correspondent, recently returned from Ukraine. Mark-Rice Oxley (@markriceoxley69) who is just back from a recent trip to Belarus, to report on life after 20 years under the rule of Alexander Lukashenko. Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn), formerly of the Moscow Times, and Harriet Salem (@HarrietSalem) who focuses on Russia, Ukraine and the Balkans.
Follow our partners
@EurasiaNet for news and analysis from Russia, central Asia, the Caucasus; @CarnegieRussia for expert research and non-partisan analysis on Russia and the region – also follow @CarnegieEndow and @CarnegieRu for tweets in Russian; @PaulGoble1, American analyst and former policy adviser, who writes Window on Eurasia; @CaucasianKnotEn for news and analysis from the Caucasus.
@TransitionsMag (Transitions Online), a non-profit organisation established to strengthen independent news media in the post-communist countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union; @Interpreter_Mag, a special project of @InModernRussia, for Russian news translated into English and current affairs; @calvertjournal offers "a guide to creative Russia" and @russiamagazine, which covers contemporary Russian art and culture.