Category Archives: Ukrainian politics

Toward an Anecdotal History of Ukrainian Politics

By Mykola Riabchuk The second anniversary of Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency passed on February 25, and his presidency can be briefly defined in three possible ways: as a period of authoritarian consolidation, of imitative “reforms,” or of permanent and pervasive scandals.

Toward an Anecdotal History of Ukrainian Politics

By Mykola Riabchuk The second anniversary of Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency passed on February 25, and his presidency can be briefly defined in three possible ways: as a period of authoritarian consolidation, of imitative “reforms,” or of permanent and pervasive scandals.

Beyond sticks and carrots: Western policy towards Ukraine

Iryna Solonenko and Peter Rutland The publication of a letter from a dozen academics titled “EU should get tough now with Yanukovych [11]” in the Kyiv Post on June 16 has triggered a lively debate [12] about Western policy towards

Beyond sticks and carrots: Western policy towards Ukraine

Iryna Solonenko and Peter Rutland The publication of a letter from a dozen academics titled “EU should get tough now with Yanukovych [11]” in the Kyiv Post on June 16 has triggered a lively debate [12] about Western policy towards

Pandora’s Box and the Moscow Orchestra

Mykola Riabchuk On February 25, on the first anniversary of his presidency, Viktor Yanukovych invited his three predecessors to his office to “discuss current issues and the future development of the Ukrainian state” http://www.president.gov.ua/news/19454.html. This brief item of information on

Pandora’s Box and the Moscow Orchestra

Mykola Riabchuk On February 25, on the first anniversary of his presidency, Viktor Yanukovych invited his three predecessors to his office to “discuss current issues and the future development of the Ukrainian state” http://www.president.gov.ua/news/19454.html. This brief item of information on

They Will Not Sing

Mykola Riabchuk During my schooldays, I heard an interesting account of the etymology of the word “shantrapa” (šantrapá), broadly used in Soviet slang to define petty thugs or, as a dictionary more politely suggests, “worthless persons.” The word had arguably

They Will Not Sing

Mykola Riabchuk During my schooldays, I heard an interesting account of the etymology of the word “shantrapa” (šantrapá), broadly used in Soviet slang to define petty thugs or, as a dictionary more politely suggests, “worthless persons.” The word had arguably

Flawed by Design: the Local Elections in Ukraine

By Mykola Riabchuk On the eve of Ukrainian local elections scheduled for October 31 relatively few people and virtually no experts believed they would be free and fair – and with good reason. The first shot at the optimists’ hopes

Flawed by Design: the Local Elections in Ukraine

By Mykola Riabchuk On the eve of Ukrainian local elections scheduled for October 31 relatively few people and virtually no experts believed they would be free and fair – and with good reason. The first shot at the optimists’ hopes

WE PROTEST AGAINST THE HARASSMENT OF A HISTORIAN BY THE UKRAINIAN SECRET SERVICE, OR SBU

On 9 September 2010 the SBU detained the historian Ruslan Zabilyi and confiscated his research material. Now the SBU is seeking to launch a criminal case against him. Whether we share Ruslan Zabilyi’s views or not, we consider it absolutely

WE PROTEST AGAINST THE HARASSMENT OF A HISTORIAN BY THE UKRAINIAN SECRET SERVICE, OR SBU

On 9 September 2010 the SBU detained the historian Ruslan Zabilyi and confiscated his research material. Now the SBU is seeking to launch a criminal case against him. Whether we share Ruslan Zabilyi’s views or not, we consider it absolutely

On the Importance of Being Candid

Mykola Riabchuk Dmytro Potekhin, an activist of the youth movement that played an important role during the Orange Revolution, has recently circulated a number of questions that may look rhetorical at first glance but, like the childish questions of Voltaire’s

On the Importance of Being Candid

Mykola Riabchuk Dmytro Potekhin, an activist of the youth movement that played an important role during the Orange Revolution, has recently circulated a number of questions that may look rhetorical at first glance but, like the childish questions of Voltaire’s

Yanukovych’s Gleichschaltung and Ukraine’s Future

By Mykola Riabchuk It seems neither Ukrainian society nor international observers have come yet to terms with what really happened in the country within the last half a year. Back in February, when Viktor Yanukovych, a notorious villain of the

Yanukovych’s Gleichschaltung and Ukraine’s Future

By Mykola Riabchuk It seems neither Ukrainian society nor international observers have come yet to terms with what really happened in the country within the last half a year. Back in February, when Viktor Yanukovych, a notorious villain of the

If Yanukovych does not change course, he may inspire revolution

Alexander J. Motyl As Ukraine’s recently elected President Viktor Yanukovych prepares to visit Washington this month, he will aim to project an image of stability, confidence and control. In reality, Yanukovych has committed a series of mistakes that could doom

If Yanukovych does not change course, he may inspire revolution

Alexander J. Motyl As Ukraine’s recently elected President Viktor Yanukovych prepares to visit Washington this month, he will aim to project an image of stability, confidence and control. In reality, Yanukovych has committed a series of mistakes that could doom

EU admonishes Ukraine for lack of reforms

David Marples It was billed as a pivotal moment in Ukraine’s integration into Europe, a December 4 summit between the country and the European Union in Kyiv, ending with the long anticipated signing of an association agreement. It didn’t happen.

EU admonishes Ukraine for lack of reforms

David Marples It was billed as a pivotal moment in Ukraine’s integration into Europe, a December 4 summit between the country and the European Union in Kyiv, ending with the long anticipated signing of an association agreement. It didn’t happen.

Ukraine Presidential Election Standings, Oct 09

Standings according to the most recent poll of the Razumkov Centre: http://www.razumkov.org.ua/ukr/poll.php?poll_id=91 Yanukovych–28.9% Tymoshenko–20.3 Difficult to decide–13.6% Yatsenyuk–8.2% Against all–8.2% Yushchenko–4.9% Symonenko–4.5% Lytvyn–3/3% In a potential second round between Viktor Yanukovych and Yulia Tymoshenko: http://www.razumkov.org.ua/ukr/poll.php?poll_id=93 Yanukovych–40.5% Tymoshenko–33.3% Against both–17.7% Polls

Ukraine Presidential Election Standings, Oct 09

Standings according to the most recent poll of the Razumkov Centre: http://www.razumkov.org.ua/ukr/poll.php?poll_id=91 Yanukovych–28.9% Tymoshenko–20.3 Difficult to decide–13.6% Yatsenyuk–8.2% Against all–8.2% Yushchenko–4.9% Symonenko–4.5% Lytvyn–3/3% In a potential second round between Viktor Yanukovych and Yulia Tymoshenko: http://www.razumkov.org.ua/ukr/poll.php?poll_id=93 Yanukovych–40.5% Tymoshenko–33.3% Against both–17.7% Polls

Shades of Grey Shroud Orange Anniversary

David Marples Saturday, November 21, marked five years since the start of the Orange Revolution that saw protesters mass in the streets of Kyiv to protest a flawed vote in the second round of the presidential elections that favored incumbent

Shades of Grey Shroud Orange Anniversary

David Marples Saturday, November 21, marked five years since the start of the Orange Revolution that saw protesters mass in the streets of Kyiv to protest a flawed vote in the second round of the presidential elections that favored incumbent