PONARS Eurasia 09 Oct 2017
(Ukraine Weekly) KYIV – Ukraine’s new law on education, which the Presidential Administration says is more inclusive towards minorities and will improve their integration into society, has received backlash from at least three countries in the region. Russia, Hungary and Romania, all of which have sizable or concentrated minority enclaves in the country, have criticized the law that President Petro Poroshenko signed on September 25 and which...
Volodymyr Kulyk 09 Oct 2017
(Kyiv Post) Ever since Ukraine became an independent state in 1991, its leaders have been careful with the so-called language issue, and Western advisers have urged them to apply even more care. Latest survey data indicate that the time has come for a more resolute language policy. After the Soviet rule, the country’s population included 22 percent of ethnic Russians, and even more people who retained their Ukrainian ethnicity but came to speak...
Samuel Greene 09 Oct 2017
(Moscow-on-Thames) US Vice President Mike Pence walks out of an NFL game because players knelt. President Donald Trump considers firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, we’re told, because the latter called him a moron. What’s this got to do with Russia? In going back through my notes for a writing project, I came across this, from an article Aleksandr Baunov published on the state of Russian politics in 2014. Offense (оскорбление) in Russian...
Arkady Moshes 06 Oct 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) Popular protests shook Belarus this past February-March. Tens of thousands of people—significant by the country’s standards—went out on to the streets of the capital and in various towns. The immediate trigger of the protests was a presidential decree introducing a “parasite tax” on a half million people residing in Belarus who do not have official employment but are not registered as unemployed. The more general motivator...
Oleksandr Sushko 05 Oct 2017
(Gulf Times) Education is one of the few areas nowadays that is still considered a purely sovereign matter, an issue over which national governments – and, in many countries, even local authorities – should have control. But, in today’s world, it seems that no issue is immune to political manipulation. That is the case with Ukraine’s new framework law on education, which has become the target of harsh opposition not so much from within the...
Timothy Frye 04 Oct 2017
(National Interest) At least in Political Science, Russian studies is alive and well. The APSR is not an exception. Look at recent issues of The Journal of Politics, World Politics, The British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, and Post-Soviet Affairs, the journal I edit, and you will find innovative research on Russia on topics ranging from whether Putin’s approval ratings are real to the impact of social media on protest....
PONARS Eurasia 04 Oct 2017
(BI) Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange has been actively supporting Catalonia’s push for independence The Kremlin has seized on Assange’s support for Catalonia in an effort to destabilize the EU Edward Snowden, along with other anti-globalization groups, also support Catalonia’s independence WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has seized on a historic independence referendum set for Sunday in the Spanish region of Catalonia, using his Twitter...
Pavel Baev 03 Oct 2017
(EDM) The working dinner in Ankara, last Thursday (September 27), between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, was not a productive affair or a cordial meeting of minds. Erdoğan announced it immediately after speaking with United States President Donald Trump in New York, so there were expectations of a new step forward in Turkey and Russia harmonizing the de-escalation and de-conflicting processes in...

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