Lily Lynch

Lily is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Balkanist Magazine. She lives in Belgrade, Serbia.

Photos of Odessa, Plus Our Valentine’s Day 2017 Playlist

It’s Valentine’s Day and in case that matters to anyone anymore, your editor has put together a playlist of music made by some of our friends in Ukraine and Russia. We’re also throwing in some of our photos of the beautiful Black Sea port city of Odessa, where we occasionally hide out when we’re not…


Fleeing Decades of War, Refugees from Afghanistan Are Stranded in Serbia

Fleeing nearly four decades of continuous war and a recent resurgence in terrorist violence and U.S. airstrikes at home, many refugees from Afghanistan remain stranded in Serbia with little hope of ever being granted asylum in the EU. Emerging from the darkness of an abandoned warehouse in Belgrade’s “new Berlin” nightlife…


Romania’s Justice Minister Resigns as Mass Protests Persist, Any Other Questions?

Florin Iordache, Romania’s Minister of Justice and a member of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) has resigned following more than a week of massive street protests against an emergency decree that would have decriminalized a range of corruption offenses. The government ultimately repealed the contentious ordinance on Sunday, which…


What’s Going on with Members of Congress and Macedonia?

Several members of the US Congress seem to have taken a peculiar (and some say unprecedented) sort of interest in Macedonia recently. Why might that be and where might it lead? It’s a warm evening in May, and I’m sitting in a garden in Skopje listening to Toni, the elderly…


The Tito – Castro Split and the End of Cigar Socialism

On Fidel Castro, Tito and the death of cigar socialism. Fidel Castro and Tito were both larger-than-life socialist leaders famous for their love of thick cigars – ironically a symbol of material frivolity and fat cat capitalism. Fidel finally died over the weekend, and old photos of the leaders of…


“Brancusi is Mine”: Modernist Sculptor as National Hero in Romania

The Romanian government has launched a new crowdfunding campaign so the public can pitch in to purchase a sculpture by the country’s most famous artist. But critics say the artist’s memory is being manipulated by state authorities to promote a nationalist agenda that stretches back to the regime of Nicolae Ceausescu. …