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Sergiy Kudelia 08 Apr 2019
(PONARS Eurasia) The first round of the presidential election in Ukraine on March 31 produced two frontrunners who will face each other in the run-off on April 21: challenger Volodymyr Zelensky (30.24 percent) and incumbent Petro Poroshenko (15.95 percent). Only once, in 1994, did a candidate who lost in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election go on to win the presidency....
Regina Smyth 19 Sep 2019
(The Cconversation) Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party, United Russia, eked out a majority in the Moscow municipal legislature in elections on Sept. 8. While Putin’s regime touted the outcome as a victory, the election posed a significant challenge to what is called Putinism, a system that emerged in Putin’s second term to reassert Kremlin control over Russian...
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PONARS Eurasia 19 Sep 2019
(Point & Counterpoint) Maria Lipman discusses the political developments of the past two months and the Russian government's general policy toward elections with Mikhail Vinogradov, a Russian political expert and one of the most-often cited political commentators. Introduction: On Russia’s annual Election Day, Sunday, September 8, regional and municipal elections were held in...
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Anar Valiyev 19 Sep 2019
(Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung) 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Eastern Partnership initiative with six former Soviet Republics – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The direction of development for Armenia and Belarus is clear: in these countries, the political establishment chose to align with the Eurasia Economic Union, as well as the Collective Security...
Dmitry Gorenburg 18 Sep 2019
(RMR blog) One more in the series of policy briefs on Russian strategic culture and leadership decision-making, written for a collaborative project organized by the Marshall Center with support from the Russia Strategy Initiative. This one is on Russian naval strategy in the Mediterranean, written in June but only recently published. As with the last one, I am posting the full text here with...
PONARS Eurasia 18 Sep 2019
(Edgemarkets) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang kicked off a three-day visit to Moscow on Monday, where he hopes to counter the effects of the US trade war with agriculture deals. But analysts warned he might find Russia wanting more economically from its neighbour in the face of ongoing Western sanctions. While Li’s visit was mainly economic, the two prime ministers would continue the tone set by Xi...

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