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Pavel Baev 25 Mar 2019
(EDM) The conclusion of the 22-month-long investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller and the presentation of his report to United States Attorney General William Barr is certain to capture prime international attention for weeks to come—and to directly impact on many global points of tension. Russia is the main culprit in this investigation, and while it is possible to deduce from the...
PONARS Eurasia 25 Mar 2019
By Tymofii Brik, Kyiv School of Economics “Right now, who could you say is more likely to win… than Yulia Tymoshenko?” - Keith Darden, CSIS Panel, 12/3/2018 Many researchers and pundits have tried to predict the most likely winner of the Ukrainian presidential elections. The key words in Keith Darden’s quote above are: “Right now.” On that day indeed, December 3, 2018, Yulia...
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PONARS Eurasia 25 Mar 2019
(Bloomberg) The gloves are well and truly off in Ukraine’s presidential election. While the first of two spots in an almost certain runoff next month looks wrapped up, a battle for the other is raging between incumbent Petro Poroshenko and ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Accusations are flying -- everything from voter payoffs to wiretaps and shady donors. There’s even a decoy candidate...
PONARS Eurasia 22 Mar 2019
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PONARS Eurasia 21 Mar 2019
(NYTimes) MOSCOW — The oldest daughter of Kazakhstan’s longstanding, autocratic president was elected Parliament speaker on Wednesday, fueling speculation that she would succeed her father as the country’s ruler after elections next year. The appointment of Dariga Nazarbayeva came a day after her father, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had led the oil-rich Central Asian nation since 1989,...
Sergiy Kudelia 21 Mar 2019
(Point & Counterpoint) The frontrunner in the Ukrainian presidential campaign is someone who has never held a government position and has no record of political or civic activism. Rather, Volodymyr Zelenskiy has risen to prominence by ridiculing on stage the very politicians he is now running against. Zelenskiy’s popularity ultimately rests on supra-rational faith in him as a new type of...
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