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Sergiy Kudelia 08 Apr 2019
(PONARS Eurasia) The first round of the presidential election in Ukraine on March 31 produced two frontrunners who will face each other in the run-off on April 21: challenger Volodymyr Zelensky (30.24 percent) and incumbent Petro Poroshenko (15.95 percent). Only once, in 1994, did a candidate who lost in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election go on to win the presidency....
PONARS Eurasia 11 Oct 2019
(USA Today) VODIANE, Ukraine – In a muddy field 5,000 miles from Washington, D.C., are a set of gas wells that extend several thousand feet underground. The wells are owned by Burisma, a Ukrainian company registered in Cyprus – a company no one outside the energy industry would have known a month ago. Now this place is ground zero for a central claim – one with no...
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Keith Darden 11 Oct 2019
(WP Mokey Cage) When President Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open up a case on his political opponent Joe Biden, the only thing unfamiliar about the request from a Ukrainian perspective was that it was coming from a U.S. president. Ukrainian presidents have used their prosecutor generals to prosecute their rivals for corruption since the...
PONARS Eurasia 10 Oct 2019
(Factcheck.org) With its candidate the subject of an impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has gone on the offensive with a TV ad that claims to present the “facts” about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Ukraine. In fact, the ad relies on speculation and unsupported accusations to mislead viewers. [...] “Ukraine has had a long line of prosecutors...
Oxana Shevel 08 Oct 2019
(Monkey Cage blog) Here’s how Zelensky’s anti-corruption campaign matters for international politics. The revelation that President Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for a “favor” presents a challenge to Zelensky. He needs to convince domestic and international audiences that his agenda on reform against corruption isn’t just a campaign promise. Whether he passes...
Farid Guliyev 07 Oct 2019
(Current History) During its recent oil boom, Azerbaijan experienced more than a decade of fast economic growth. Between 2001 and 2011, gross domestic product grew tenfold, then peaked at $75 billion in 2014. Predictably, though, the bubble burst: in mid-2014, plunging global commodity prices sent the economy into a deep recession. The government increased borrowing and twice devalued the...

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