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#Lukashenka commitment to Belarusian sovereignty is overstated

#Lukashenka commitment to Belarusian sovereignty is overstated

| February 20, 2020

Although President Lukashenka has recently shown assertiveness in relations with Russia, overall he has done very little to ensure his country’s freedom of action. Ryhor Astapenia Robert Bosch Stiftung Academy Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House @ryhorastapenia Putin and Lukashenka play ice hockey in Sochi after a day of talks in February. Photo: Getty […]

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Could Zelenskyy’s strategy for #Donbas lead #Ukraine into a #Kremlin trap?

Could Zelenskyy’s strategy for #Donbas lead #Ukraine into a #Kremlin trap?

| February 14, 2020

In pursuit of peace in the war-torn region, the Ukrainian president’s short-term, tactical approach is vulnerable in the face of Russia’s long-term strategy. Kataryna Wolczuk Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House Google Scholar Hanna Shelest Member of the Board, Foreign Policy Council ‘Ukrainian Prism’ Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a ceremony welcoming Ukrainians who were […]

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#Crimea occupation exemplifies threat of attacks on cultural heritage

#Crimea occupation exemplifies threat of attacks on cultural heritage

| February 6, 2020

Societies, courts and policymakers should have a clearer awareness that assaults against cultural heritage constitute a creeping encroachment on a people’s identity, endangering its very survival. Kateryna Busol Robert Bosch Stiftung Academy Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme @KBusol ‘The destructive reconstruction of the 16th-century Bakhchysarai Palace is being conducted by a team with no experience […]

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#Russia – What Putin’s constitutional shakeup means

#Russia – What Putin’s constitutional shakeup means

| January 20, 2020

Nikolai Petrov Senior Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House A live broadcast of Vladimir Putin’s annual address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, seen on the Leader Tower screen in St Petersburg. Photo: Getty Images. Vladimir Putin’s proposed constitutional reforms will transform Russia’s political regime and allow him to prolong his […]

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Can #Uzbekistan president meet raised expectations?

Can #Uzbekistan president meet raised expectations?

| December 13, 2019

Shavkat Mirziyoyev has implemented a number of important reforms, but is now entering a more hazardous period. Kate Mallinson Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House @Kate_Mallinson1 Shavkat Mirziyoyev in June. Photo: Getty Images. In the three years since Shavkat Mirziyoyev was elected president of Uzbekistan, he has embarked on a wide-ranging reform process […]

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#Kazakhstan – Reaching out to Central Asian neighbours

#Kazakhstan – Reaching out to Central Asian neighbours

| December 9, 2019

Despite its regional outreach, Kazakhstan’s diplomatic priority will remain Russia, China, and Europe. Annette Bohr Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kazakh Majilis Chairman Nurlan Nigmatulin and ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev at an inauguration ceremony in parliament. Photo: Pavel Aleksandrov\TASS via Getty Images. Leaders of the resource-rich Central Asian region […]

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Political will was not enough for justice reform in #Moldova

Political will was not enough for justice reform in #Moldova

| November 29, 2019

The pro-reform Sandu government had the will to dismantle oligarchic power structures, but was taken down by limited political experience. Cristina Gherasimov  Academy Associate, Russia and Eurasia Programme @cgherasimov Maia Sandu in Germany in July. Photo: Getty Images. The lack of political will to carry out rule of law reforms is frequently the reason why […]

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