“I think that I began to think profoundly about the 90s was several years ago. I feel that I don’t have nothing that was garanteed for sure in the 90s. As I remember in the time of the 90s I remember them rather negatively. But the reality around me was something…well it was the best period for all of us. But now I fell I missed the feeling of carnival. That was the time about. It was the time when many roles seized to exist. So you can do something you want. There were no more moral strict restrictions. A kind of mentorship. So I think it was a great asset for our generation to feel independently. Several years ago I noticed that our reality is now defined by other values.”

Stanislav Kuvaldin, Journalist, Russia

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.