Posts by PONARS Eurasia

ПОНАРС Евразия 11-14-2019
(RFE/RL) One day before the phone call that led to the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump, there was a public appearance by the man whose investigation, many assumed, had already imperiled Trump's presidency. The focus of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month investigation was the same focus of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the U.S. intelligence community: Russia and its role in the U.S. presidential election of 2016. [...] ...
ПОНАРС Евразия 11-07-2019
(Eurasianet) An angry archpriest, his clerical headgear disheveled, stormed out of the holy see of the Georgian Orthodox Church and declared that the church leader, Patriarch Ilia II, was a “sodomite” and “pederast.” The archpriest, Bishop Petre of Chkondidi, then waded through a crowd of journalists and drove off in a huff, leaving a national scandal in his wake.   Fellow archpriests soon emerged from the October 31 meeting of the Holy Synod, an...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 11-07-2019
(Global Voices) On November 1, Russia's controversial “Sovereign Internet” bill entered into force. Supporters argue that the move is necessary to shield Russia against cyberattacks from abroad, while human rights and free speech defenders argue that the bill poses a dangerous new threat to freedom of expression online. For now, ordinary users of the RuNet won't sense much of a difference. At least not until a (vaguely defined) “crisis situation” is...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 10-31-2019
(Washington Post) hen Vladi­mir Bukovsky was released from a Soviet prison in 1976 in an event that drew front-page headlines around the world, he was 33 years old and had already spent about a third of his life in captivity. A dissident since his student days, he had attracted the ire of Soviet authorities — and the admiration of political leaders, human rights advocates, journalists and other supporters in the West — with his unstinting campaign to...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 10-31-2019
(Washington Post) Facebook announced Wednesday that it had removed three networks of accounts it says are associated with Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin, the Kremlin-linked businessman U.S. authorities charged with interfering in the 2016 presidential election. The networks — which included more than 170 Facebook accounts, pages and groups, as well as Instagram accounts, with nearly 1 million followers overall — targeted eight African nations with...
ПОНАРС Евразия 10-29-2019
(Chatham House Ukraine Forum) Olexiy Haran sits down with the Ukraine Forum to reflect on the opportunities and challenges facing the new leadership of Ukraine. "There's the huge trust of the population in President Zelensky. It's about 70%, and therefore people believe that reforms would be successful. This may be the first time in Ukrainian history. The reverse side of the coin is that there are no counter-balances to President Zelensky...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 10-25-2019
(Background Briefing with Ian Masters) A discussion with Lisa Graves, Keith Darden, and Katherine Hite on "a phony rebellion for the pleasure of a leader demanding devotion; how rudy giuliani became manafort's crooked replacement; turmoil in the south from chile to haiti, from ecuador to bolivia." Keith Darden: "This presidency has established ties and rewarded non-democratic leaders." "That's out of the authoritarian leaders toolkit:...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 10-25-2019
(Roll Call) On June 6, Russian-allied forces in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region fired a volley of artillery shells on Ukrainian soldiers based in a rural area, even though Moscow had signed a ceasefire agreement the day before.  Two young Ukrainian soldiers — 28-year-old Dmytro Pryhlo and 23-year-old Maksym Oleksiuk — were killed in their dugout by that shelling in the settlement of Novoluhanske, Ukrainian commanders said at the time. Eight other...
ПОНАРС Евразия 10-16-2019
(Point & Counterpoint | By Natalia Zubarevich) In many countries, the state of the economy affects politics. If a country is in long-term economic decline, an election is likely to lead to the transfer of political power. Conversely, high economic growth tends to make it easier for incumbents to remain in power. In Russia, however, the correlation between the economy and politics is quite weak. At the regional level, there is basically no direct link...
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ПОНАРС Евразия 10-11-2019
(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 credible evidence – in a scandal that has engulfed the Trump administration in an...
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