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Ukraine at 24

David Marples On its 24th anniversary, Ukraine’s problems continue to multiply: the GDP continues to fall, if not as catastrophically as last year and the possibility of default in payment of debts remains high; the Minsk-2 ceasefire barely holds in

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Ukraine at 24

David Marples On its 24th anniversary, Ukraine’s problems continue to multiply: the GDP continues to fall, if not as catastrophically as last year and the possibility of default in payment of debts remains high; the Minsk-2 ceasefire barely holds in

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ETHNIC AND SOCIAL COMPOSITION OF UKRAINE’S REGIONS AND VOTING PATTERNS

David Marples This paper looks at the ethnic and social makeup of Ukrainian regions and its impact on voting patterns over the past two decades. While skeptical of a simplistic division of the country through spoken language and ethnic affiliation,

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ETHNIC AND SOCIAL COMPOSITION OF UKRAINE’S REGIONS AND VOTING PATTERNS

David Marples This paper looks at the ethnic and social makeup of Ukrainian regions and its impact on voting patterns over the past two decades. While skeptical of a simplistic division of the country through spoken language and ethnic affiliation,

Preparing for New Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine

David Marples Two years after the previous elections for the Ukrainian Parliament, a new election campaign is underway. The vote will take place on October 26 under the most difficult conditions the independent state has ever faced. What is the

Preparing for New Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine

David Marples Two years after the previous elections for the Ukrainian Parliament, a new election campaign is underway. The vote will take place on October 26 under the most difficult conditions the independent state has ever faced. What is the

Ukraine: Corruption Doesn’t Capture It

Tatiana R. Zaharchenko Since it became an independent state 23 years ago, Ukraine has been looted by its structure of government at all levels and those close to it. The word “corruption” is not adequate to describe present-day Ukraine, and

Ukraine: Corruption Doesn’t Capture It

Tatiana R. Zaharchenko Since it became an independent state 23 years ago, Ukraine has been looted by its structure of government at all levels and those close to it. The word “corruption” is not adequate to describe present-day Ukraine, and

Kyiv Trip, February 4, 2013

Timothy Ash Kyiv trip takes outs, part II We continued our Kyiv visit today and herein are a few additional takeouts from our various meetings, plus impressions from a walk around Maidan. Taking the last of these first, I was

Kyiv Trip, February 4, 2013

Timothy Ash Kyiv trip takes outs, part II We continued our Kyiv visit today and herein are a few additional takeouts from our various meetings, plus impressions from a walk around Maidan. Taking the last of these first, I was

We Are All Revolutionaries Now

Taras Kuzio As we enter 2014, history has come full circle. The election of Viktor Yanukovych four years ago should be remembered in the same manner as the coming to power of Volodmyr Shcherbytsky in 1972 and remaining in office

We Are All Revolutionaries Now

Taras Kuzio As we enter 2014, history has come full circle. The election of Viktor Yanukovych four years ago should be remembered in the same manner as the coming to power of Volodmyr Shcherbytsky in 1972 and remaining in office

EUROMAIDAN: IS THERE AN END GAME?

 David Marples  Is EuroMaidan going to change the face of Ukraine irrevocably or can the forces of the government and President Viktor Yanukovych recover? Is this Ukraine’s version of an Arab Spring or something that ultimately will change little?  We

EUROMAIDAN: IS THERE AN END GAME?

 David Marples  Is EuroMaidan going to change the face of Ukraine irrevocably or can the forces of the government and President Viktor Yanukovych recover? Is this Ukraine’s version of an Arab Spring or something that ultimately will change little?  We

Uneasy, Disturbing Developments in Ukraine

I. Konotop No matter how composed you think you are you can’t help but feel a bit shaken by the events of the last three days in Kyiv. Twenty years of living in Ukraine have long ago lulled me into a sense of ‘protest as

Uneasy, Disturbing Developments in Ukraine

I. Konotop No matter how composed you think you are you can’t help but feel a bit shaken by the events of the last three days in Kyiv. Twenty years of living in Ukraine have long ago lulled me into a sense of ‘protest as

What do Ukrainians want?

David Marples The mass protests in Ukraine that began last Sunday brought back memories of the Orange Revolution of 2004. But to what extent do they reflect sentiment throughout Ukraine? Many media accounts have reduced the impasse to a simplistic

What do Ukrainians want?

David Marples The mass protests in Ukraine that began last Sunday brought back memories of the Orange Revolution of 2004. But to what extent do they reflect sentiment throughout Ukraine? Many media accounts have reduced the impasse to a simplistic

Mission Improbable

Who’s Oiling the Propaganda Machine? Halya Coynash The propaganda preparations behind the refusal to release Tymoshenko and rejection of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement began months ago, gaining momentum through November.  While Russian pressure and strangulation of the economy were undoubtedly

Mission Improbable

Who’s Oiling the Propaganda Machine? Halya Coynash The propaganda preparations behind the refusal to release Tymoshenko and rejection of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement began months ago, gaining momentum through November.  While Russian pressure and strangulation of the economy were undoubtedly

Viktor Yanukovych Excels in Orwellian Doublethink while Ukrainian Politics Resembles George Orwell’s 1984, But Only Better

Taras Kuzio The party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.’ George Orwell, 1984 On a recent episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL) the Ukrainian

Viktor Yanukovych Excels in Orwellian Doublethink while Ukrainian Politics Resembles George Orwell’s 1984, But Only Better

Taras Kuzio The party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.’ George Orwell, 1984 On a recent episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL) the Ukrainian

Compliance Rituals

Halya Coynash President Yanukovych has announced that if parliament adopts a law allowing his imprisoned political opponent Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for treatment, he will sign it. It would then, he stressed, need a court ruling. This may

Compliance Rituals

Halya Coynash President Yanukovych has announced that if parliament adopts a law allowing his imprisoned political opponent Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for treatment, he will sign it. It would then, he stressed, need a court ruling. This may