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

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

To Kill A Journalist – Again?

By Marta Dyczok, Associate Professor of History and Political Science, University of Western Ontario Imagine browsing a newspaper one day and finding an article by a fellow journalist speculating that you might be the target for a killing. This happened to Serhiy Leshchenko on January 26, 2011. The Ukrainian newspaper, Izvestiya in Ukraine, ran the … 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

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

The Limits of Western Influence over Belarus

By Dr. Lucan Way, Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto Dr. Way Provides an analysis of Belarus “as lessons to be learned from” for Ukraine-watchers. On December 19, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka orchestrated his re-election to a fourth term with an official vote tally of “80 percent”(http://www.rec.gov.by/pdf/prb2010/sved20.pdf) – a move that was … Continue reading

Presentation of Timothy Snyder’s book “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin”

On January  26th and 27th  2011, Prof Timothy Snyder came to CERES to present his recent book book Video – will be posted shortly MP3 recording – will be posted shortly “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin” Key Note Speaker: Snyder, Timothy DPhil, University of Oxford Timothy Snyder is a Professor of History at Yale … Continue reading

2010: Year in Review

By Tanya Branitska, Graduate student at CERES, University of Toronto Nearly a year has passed since newly elected President Viktor Yanukovych entered office. With that in mind, it’s time to see what the year 2010 was like for Ukrainian politics. After the doors of the Supreme Council comically shut behind him on inauguration day, Yanukovych … Continue reading

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