Category: Central/Eastern Europe

Ukraine: reasons for pessimism – and cautious optimism

     

Time is up for Ukraine’s President to convince society, politicians, and Western partners that he’s prepared to fight corruption. Every day of delay proves the opposite. By not interfering, Poroshenko… Read more »

Civil society in post-Soviet space: legitimacy, linkage and learning

     

“Partly free” countries in the post-Soviet space must fight even harder now to protect growing civil societies, argues Orysia Lutsevych, the manager of the Ukraine Forum in London-based think tank… Read more »

Slovakia poll shows impact of Russian propaganda

     

Slovakia orients neither on Russia nor on the West, according to a recent poll carried out by the Slovak Atlantic Commission (SAC), the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) and the… Read more »

Myroslava Gongadze – a voice that couldn’t be silenced

     

  Myroslava Gongadze’s husband Georgiy investigated the corrupt regime of Ukraine’s president, Leonid Kuchma. Kuchma did not like this very much, writes The National Review’s Jay Nordlinger: Georgiy was being… Read more »

Ukrainians want reform, oligarchs block it

     

Ukrainians are growing increasingly frustrated with their government and the slow pace of reforms, especially when it comes to tackling corruption, according to a new nationwide poll released today by the International… Read more »

Can Ukraine achieve a reform breakthrough?

     

  It is easy to characterize Ukraine’s latest attempt to reform as a repeat of the unrealized potential of the 2004 Orange Revolution, analysts John Lough and Iryna Solonenko write… Read more »

Nations in Transit: Europe & Eurasia – grim portrait of decline, small reasons for hope

     

While economic downturns are threatening the stability of the former Soviet Union’s “entrenched dictatorships,” the migration crisis is fueling populism in Eastern Europe, and reforms in the Balkans are in… Read more »

Video shows ‘Putin’s New Praetorians’ training to suppress a Moscow Maidan

     

On April 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would develop a national guard to fight terrorism and crime, but a recently released video (above) from Open Russia purports to show the guard training to… Read more »

After Yatsenyuk: Ukraine government ‘likely to be less reformist’

     

Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, the prime minister of Ukraine, announced his resignation on Sunday in a surprise move that opened a new period of political uncertainty, The New York Times reports:… Read more »