Volodymyr Ishchenko
(The Guardian) A politically inexperienced comedian, Volodymyr Zelenski is in the lead after the first round of presidential elections in Ukraine – and by a huge margin. He is almost 15 percentage points ahead of the incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko. Zelenskiy’s unconventional campaign,...
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(Point & Counterpoint | By Saken Aymurzaev) One hundred days after the establishment of the autocephalous Ukrainian Church, it faces grave opposition from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. Nor is there any unanimity within the Church itself; instead, it features a range...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) The presidential elections in Ukraine last Sunday (March 31) were derided, denigrated and ridiculed by Russian propaganda, but they still marked a striking contrast with the severely controlled politics in Russia. In an odd historical coincidence, the last meaningful and even fateful...
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(CGTN America/Video Interview) Voters in Ukraine went to the polls Sunday to narrow a field of 39 presidential candidates down to two. If the preliminary results hold, Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko will face comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a runoff election in three weeks. The 41-...
Andrey Makarychev Andrey Makarychev
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) In 2018, many former Soviet republics celebrated their anniversaries of independence gained by the collapse of the Russian empire one hundred years ago. These remembrance events gave these countries the opportunity to peer into their century-long experiences of autonomy...
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(Radio Free Asia) A number of ethnic Uyghur Muslims have trained and fought with Islamic insurgents battling the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria in the hope of using their experience to fight Beijing’s rule of their homeland in China’s far western Xinjiang region. But as Assad reverses rebel gains...
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(TRT World) Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev voluntarily and unexpectedly stepped down on March 19, after almost 30 years in power and five victories in elections that have been widely criticised as non-free and unfair. Well, almost stepped down – the 79-year-old autocrat retains his honorary...

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