Kyiv. The Day of Tymoshenko’s Arrest. 5 August 2011

Prof. Marta Dyczok, Associate Professor, Departments of History and Political Science, University of Western Ontario Today Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was arrested. Around 4:00 PM on a Friday afternoon in the middle of summer, in a political trial that has been going on for weeks. The charismatic, photogenic leader of the 2004 Orange … Continue reading

And The Show Goes On… But Who’s Still Watching?

Daniel Fedorowycz, CERES Graduate Student, University of Toronto   Another year, another drama in the never-ending saga of Ukrainian Politics.  But as is the case with any drawn-out television show, at some point or another, people lose interest and stop watching. True, there are always those diehard fans who refuse to miss the latest episode … Continue reading

The Trial of Yulia Tymoshenko. Or, How to Paint Yourself Into a Corner

Orest Zakydalsky,  Freelance Researcher and Analyst   In 400 BC, Sun Tzu wrote perhaps the most profound sentence about how to win conflicts – “The way to avoid what is strong is to strike what is weak.” If anyone in the Yanukovych administration had bothered to read the works of the great Chinese strategist, they … Continue reading

National Peculiarities of Homophobia in Ukraine

Tamara Martsenyuk, PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy In Ukraine lately sexual identity issue is widely used to raise questions about morality, demography, and even national threat. One of the largest fighters “for moral cleanliness of the Ukrainian society and against propaganda of perversion” is so … Continue reading

National Interests on Trial: Flawed Logic in a Flawed Political System

By Nadiya Kravets, University of Oxford DPhil Politics Photo Gas Politics Care of Guardian.co.uk Although much has been said in the Ukrainian press about the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko, it is still unclear what she is on trial for. For abusing her executive powers as a Prime Minister when signing the gas agreements in 2009? … Continue reading

Inflation and Democracy: Yanukovych’s Achilles Heel

By Danylo Spolsky, Kyiv-based Analyst Imagine the following: The date is June 2011, one year on from the end of the global economic implosion. The so-called “Jasmine Revolution” of early 2011 has spread – other Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries are attempting to match Tunisia, Egypt, and even Libya in overthrowing autocratic regimes … Continue reading

20 Years of Independence and One Year of Yanukovych: A Year in Review

Happy First Birthday Mister President! Welcome to our inaugural edition. We  hope to provide intensive and engaging expert analysis of current events in Ukraine. We welcome comments and submissions. I have asked the contributors to write different analyses of the first year of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency for the launch of our monthly blog. … Continue reading

The Dilemma of Ukraine’s Extreme Right

(Media Credit/RadioSvoboda.org/RFERL) By Dr. Serhiy Kudelia, assistant professor of political science, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” Viktor Yanukovych has become a blessing in disguise for Ukraine’s extreme right, particularly for the political fortunes of its leading flag-bearer party “Svoboda.” During his first year as president Yanukovych reversed most of the nationalist policies inherited from Yushchenko … Continue reading

Yanukovych invites to Ukraine for sex-tourism?

By Dr. Tamara Martsenyuk, Carnegie Research Fellow, NYC; Assistant Professor, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” Welcome to Ukraine: see our beautiful girls! This is the message that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych sent to the international community at the World Economic Forum in Davos in late January. Playing off Ukraine’s promotional slogan for the EURO 2012 … Continue reading

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