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Samuel Greene 29 Jan 2020
(Moscow-On-Thames) It’s been a while since a major Putin policy address has been anything other than boring. Not today. Today, Putin proposed a radical reshaping of Russia’s political system. Kind of.  Notwithstanding all of the various socio-economic and foreign policy statements (most of which are genuinely boring), the crux of Putin’s annual address to the Federal Assembly is what...
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PONARS Eurasia 28 Jan 2020
(Eurasianet) The scandal driving the impeachment proceedings in Washington, in which President Donald Trump stands accused of trying to coerce Ukrainian leaders for his personal political benefit, doesn’t seem to be causing collateral damage to President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv. Fresh academic research indicates that public support for Zelensky remains strong. Data compiled in mid-January by...
Farid Guliyev 24 Jan 2020
(IWPR) Azerbaijan’s much-vaunted government reforms have appeared to gather pace in recent months.  Last autumn’s government reshuffle saw veteran apparatchiks replaced by young, often Western-educated officials. Notably, the influential presidential chief-of-staff Ramiz Mehdiyev was demoted, officially justified by references to the urge “to speed up the ongoing economic reform” [...] Read...
Jesse Driscoll 24 Jan 2020
(Post-Soviet Affairs) (Authored with Zachary C. Steinert-Threlkeld) Abstract: After Kremlin policymakers decided to incorporate the territory of Crimea into Russia, updates on public attitudes in Russian-speaking communities elsewhere in Ukraine would have been in high demand. Because social media users produce content in order to communicate ideas to their social networks, online political...
Regina Smyth 16 Jan 2020
(The Conversation) Editor’s note: Russia’s prime minister, Dmitry A. Medvedev, and cabinet resigned on Jan. 15. Russian politics are often not what they seem, especially to those in the West. We asked Regina Smyth, a Russia scholar at Indiana University, to help readers understand what’s going on. Read More © The Conversation
PONARS Eurasia 13 Jan 2020
Understanding Electoral Reform in Ukraine: How to Open Party Lists While Keeping Them Closed? Nazar Boyko January 13, 2020   On December 19th, 2019, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada adopted the long-expected Electoral Code, with 330 out of 423 MPs voting positively. Shortly after, it was signed by the president. On January 1, 2020, it took effect. The key feature of the Code is a substantive...

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