My deep sympathy for Ukraine and commitment for the Maidan revolution originated in the awareness of the persistence of the soviet system in Eastern Europe despite the collapse of USSR and of the communist empire. This persistence has been dramatically enhanced by the choice of continuity by Russia, the absence of any trial of communist crimes, the hold on power of the same ruling class through apparent changes, and of the same political mores: a blend of secret police and high scale corruption
How the re-election of Vladimir Putin revealed Russia’s weaknesses and can benefit Ukraine
For Ukrainians incarcerated in the occupied territories and in the Russian Federation itself, things could get much worse in 2018. Only serious international pressure is likely to make Moscow release these political prisoners
|7 December, 2017||World|
How the Kremlin is building up its presence in the Middle East
|12 January, 2017||Politics|
The Kremlin's hybrid aggression against Ukraine: essence, development
|22 December, 2016||Politics|
There are a number of mechanisms for charging those responsible for the shooting down of MH17. None is ideal but, put together, they could yield results
|12 November, 2015|
The danger of clownish dictators
|27 April, 2015|
How the Putinian lobbying succeeds in catching even smart and good faith people inside a framework of gross lies, where they can no longer acknowledge facts
|23 April, 2015|
Ukrainians might ask why there is clearly a military solution to the defence of Germany, yet politicians such as Angela Merkel insist that a military response to the invasion of Ukraine would be pointless
|20 November, 2014|
The Ukrainian Week speaks to the author of the newly published book Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? about the loyalty of people around the Kremlin leader, the role of Ukraine in his staying in power, and about Russian money in Europe.
|19 August, 2014||Society|
Rinat Akhmetov, Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych continue to weave plots for Eastern Ukraine, making the rebels with black-and-orange ribbons think that they are dying for a New Russia, not for oligarchic interests
|17 May, 2014|
To defeat the new Fascism will take an immense amount of the concentration of courage, political will and commitment not only in the West and Ukraine but in Russia itself as well
|8 May, 2014||World|
Western strategy is to try to focus especially on Putin himself and his entourage without arousing the blanket hostility and fear of ordinary Russians
|3 April, 2014||Politics|
Edward Lucas: “The new Cold War has been about the use of Russian money to divide the weak of the West and also the use of the energy weapon”
|1 April, 2014||World|
By plunging Russia into a full-scale confrontation with the West to boost his own popularity ratings Vladimir Putin may be preparing his country for another sobering shock from the defeat in a conflict with the entire world
|27 March, 2014||News|
After speaking to representatives of the Ukrainian Jewish community David Frum, journalist of The Atlantic, says there’s not more trouble for Jews in Ukraine than in other European country and the atrocities described by Russian media is a part of Russian propaganda campaign against Ukraine.
|27 March, 2014||World|
Ever more Belarusians are imagining how the Crimean scenario would look in their own country – they don’t like it.
|22 March, 2014||News|
The post-Soviet world order was far from perfect, but Vladimir Putin’s idea for replacing it is much worse, The Economist reports.
|17 February, 2014||Politics|
Intrigue is brewing in Ukraine. Both unexpected and predictable. Will Viktor Yanukovych come full circle from the Olympics in Sochi? Will he be able to do this? And will he want to…?
|5 January, 2014||News|
Joschka Fischer: if Ukraine loses its independence in one way or another, European security will be at risk
Putin cannot be faulted for skillfully pursuing his interpretation of Russian interests. The blame for the outcome in Ukraine falls squarely on the EU’s leaders, because if Ukraine does lose its independence in one way or another, European security will be at risk – a risk nowhere more keenly felt than in Poland and the Baltic states, Joschka Fischer, german Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor from 1998-2005, says in his article for Project Syndicate.
|20 December, 2013||News|
Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma believes that the presidents of Ukraine and Russia Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin have certain agreements. He said this while responding to questions from journalists after the roundtable on Friday, December, 20th.
|19 December, 2013||News|
On December 17, 2013 Yanukovych annulled Ukraine as an independent entity, as a full-fledged participant in international politics, and put all international level decisions that concern Ukraine in the hands of Vladimir Putin, Yulia Tymoshenko says in her statement regarding the events in Moscow on December 17.
|13 November, 2013||News|
Amanda Paul: If Association Agreement with Ukraine is not signed, it would have a knock-on effect on Moldova and Georgia
For Putin, ‘losing’ Ukraine would be particularly humiliating, so he will accelerate Russian pressure on Kyiv. However, if Ukraine gives up, it would influence the position of the countries which still expect just to initial the agreements with the EU, says Amanda Paul, a Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, in her article for EPC website.
|31 May, 2013||Society|
The emerging strategic competition between Germany and Russia will be based on contrasting principles of governance, rule of law, human rights, and economic discipline that will impact on the entire continent.
|15 March, 2013||Politics|
Yanukovych could try to usurp power using the Belarus scenario to offset his plummeting popularity and growing pressure from abroad
|8 February, 2013||World|
The stark contrast between Western and Russian understanding of “soft power” has become evident during President Vladimir Putin’s third presidency. For the Kremlin, “soft power” is part of its arsenal of foreign policy tools designed to re-integrate Russia’s neighbors around a Moscow orbit.
|5 September, 2012||Politics|
Ukraine is paying the price for Yanukovych's suspension of European integration. The president's regime has found itself isolated internationally as a result of its anti-democratic domestic policies and the country has been left vulnerable to external pressure.
|9 August, 2012||Politics|
“Ukrainian” oligarchs are responsible for both the current social and economic situation in the country and the dangerous vector of its further development
|3 August, 2012||Politics|
Seven steps Yanukovych has undertaken that increase the Kremlin’s hopes of swallowing up Ukraine
|20 July, 2012||Politics|
The no-win situation in which Mr. Yanukovych finds himself is becoming ever more apparent, while every new effort to prove that this is not the case, has the opposite effect.
|3 July, 2012||Politics|
For several months now, Viktor Medvedchuk has been trying to convince Ukrainians to accept the choice of a Russia-imposed civilisation. At the very least, he wants to be in the Ukrainian parliament to coordinate its pro-Russian lobby.
|15 March, 2012||World|
Given the intensification of leftist, populist and anti-Western rhetoric from Mr. Putin, within the country, the old-new Russian president is going to rely ever more on voters who share his vision of Russia as a “besieged fortress”.