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PONARS Eurasia 05-16-2019
(kgembassy.org) On May 14, 2019, Bolot Otunbaev, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the USA met with Andrew Kuchins, President of AUCA, at the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States and Canada. Ambassador Otunbaev congratulated Dr. Kuchins on his appointment as the president of AUCA and wished him success in his work. Andrew Kuchins shared plans for the further development of the training program according to the best world educational...
PONARS Eurasia 05-14-2019
(MEMRI) Mk.ru surveyed three world class expatriate economists: Sergei Guriev the chief economist of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, former deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation and former first deputy chairman of the Russian Central Bank Sergey Aleksashenko, and Konstantin Sonin, a professor at the University of Chicago and a visiting professor at Moscow's Higher...
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PONARS Eurasia 05-10-2019
(actualcomment.ru) "Ivan Kurilla speculated that the meeting between Lavrov and Pompeo may speak about an upcoming deal...  Trump is a businessman... and he is focused on deals. Something to give in order to achieve something. The 'No collusion' (Mueller report) opens the door for a deal between the Kremlin and the White House, and both sides are preparing for such a deal. There are Russian troops in Syria and now in Venezuela, which can be used in...
PONARS Eurasia 05-08-2019
(Politifact) Shady self-dealing in the Ukraine? It’s not just the Republican side that does that, says a social media meme that makes the charge against Democrat Joe Biden. The episode involved his son Hunter Biden’s work on behalf of a Ukrainian energy company at a time when the elder Biden was vice president and a key figure in U.S. policy on Ukraine. The story has been public for years, but it received new attention with Biden running strong among 2020...
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PONARS Eurasia 05-03-2019
Y05IIP2zvBF0ivyOrCDq4evXPiZW66Gi (2).jpeg The emotional high around Crimea brightened the future, present, and even the past, as Russians embarked on a surging feel-good factor that they and the president would surf for years. ► The co-construction of Russian authoritarianism, say Samuel Greene and Graeme Robertson in their new book, Putin v. the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia, occurs in millions...
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PONARS Eurasia 04-29-2019
(Point & Counterpoint) The anti-extremist legislation is a fairly broad, flexible toolkit that is well adapted to legal abuse; it is a striking example of what, early in Vladimir Putin’s tenure, was referred to as the “dictatorship of the law.” Recently, one of its elements has been softened—a rare, even unique development in a regime that has become increasingly harsh in recent years. Alexander Verkhovsky, head of the SOVA Center,...
PONARS Eurasia 04-26-2019
Council for Civil Society and Human Rights .jpg The issue of the prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses was raised at the December 2018 Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, but so far this has had no effect on their fate. ► The anti-extremist legislation is a fairly broad, flexible toolkit that is well adapted to legal abuse; it is a striking example of what, early in Vladimir Putin’s tenure, was...
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PONARS Eurasia 04-23-2019
(U.S. News & World Report) NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM Jong Un will travel to Russia later this week to meet with President Vladimir Putin, local state media reports, for what would be an intensely rare summit but one analysts doubt will serve as much more than a high-profile photo op. Both countries are touting the meeting, which Russian state media says will take place in the far eastern city of Vladivostok on Thursday, as an opportunity for the pair...
PONARS Eurasia 04-23-2019
(PRI) Life will imitate art as Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian who played president on TV, is set to become Ukraine's president in real life next month. Zelenskiy was elected in a landslide victory in Sunday's run-off election, garnering more than 70% of the vote against incumbent President Petro Poroshenko. [...] Volodymyr Dubovyk, director for the Center of International...
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PONARS Eurasia 04-23-2019
(Newsweek) Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov responded Monday to the outcome of Ukraine’s election, which saw comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelensky beat incumbent Petro Poroshenko to become the former Soviet Union nation’s president. "Moscow respects the choice of Ukrainian people,” Peskov said, asserting that “this choice” of electing Zelensky “is rather obvious,” according to Russia’s Tass news agency. The Kremlin...

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