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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....
Pavel Baev 24 Apr 2019
(EDM) The second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine, held last Sunday (April 21), was a rather unconventional democratic exercise. And for millions of keen followers in Russia, who looked at it through the distorting lens of their mainstream media, it was oddly disconcerting. For one thing, the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko, who was elected amidst the severe war crisis in 2014 and...
PONARS Eurasia 23 Apr 2019
(U.S. News & World Report) NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM Jong Un will travel to Russia later this week to meet with President Vladimir Putin, local state media reports, for what would be an intensely rare summit but one analysts doubt will serve as much more than a high-profile photo op. Both countries are touting the meeting, which Russian state media says will take...
Dmitry Gorenburg 23 Apr 2019
(Russia Matters) “Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy,” an important new book by the Israeli scholar Dmitry Adamsky, explores the critical but highly understudied juncture between religion and the military. Focusing on the role played by the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) in the restoration and development of the Russian nuclear weapons complex in the post-Cold War period, Adamsky highlights the...
PONARS Eurasia 23 Apr 2019
(PRI) Life will imitate art as Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian who played president on TV, is set to become Ukraine's president in real life next month. Zelenskiy was elected in a landslide victory in Sunday's run-off election, garnering more than 70% of the vote against incumbent President Petro Poroshenko. [...] Volodymyr Dubovyk, director for the Center of International Studies at...
PONARS Eurasia 23 Apr 2019
(Newsweek) Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov responded Monday to the outcome of Ukraine’s election, which saw comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelensky beat incumbent Petro Poroshenko to become the former Soviet Union nation’s president. "Moscow respects the choice of Ukrainian people,” Peskov said, asserting that “this choice” of electing Zelensky “is rather...

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