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Russia Building up in Crimea

By Marren Haneberg In a “significant” military buildup over the past 18 months, Russia has increased its troops, aircraft, and weapons in Crimea and improved its Soviet bases and S-400 anti-aircraft systems (13). One U.S. official described Defense One’s satellite imagery analysis of the region “a deliberate and systematic buildup…

Zelenskiy’s Party Wins Big in Snap Elections, Signals New Direction for Ukraine

By Marren Haneberg In July’s snap parliamentary elections, Ukrainian President President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s Servant of the People Party secured a majority with 91 percent of the vote counted. Ukraine has a mixed-party system; half of Verkhovna Rada’s seats are determined by party lists and the other half by “first-past-the-post constituency…

Kremlin Retaliates Against Georgia Protests

On July 12, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Kremlin Retaliates Against Georgia Protests

By Marren Haneberg Thousands of protesters took to the streets after Russian lawmaker Sergei Gavrilov, deputy of the Russian State Duma, sat in the Georgian parliamentary speaker’s seat and addressed the audience in Russian. Gavrilov was there as president of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO), “a body set up…

Democracy Still Elusive in Kazakhstan

On June 21, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, With Comments Off on Democracy Still Elusive in Kazakhstan

By Marren Haneberg Kazakhstan held elections on June 9. For the first time in the former Soviet country’s history, the ballot did not include Nursultan Nazarbayev, who reigned as president since Kazakhstan’s 1991 creation. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won the election with 70.9% of the vote. Amirzhan Kossanov, the main opposition candidate,…

Kazakhstan’s Pseudo Democracy

On May 25, 2019, Posted by , In Asia,Europe,Information Reports,Middle East, With Comments Off on Kazakhstan’s Pseudo Democracy

By Marren Haneberg In a surprise move on March 19, Nursultan Nazarbayev stepped down as Kazakhstan’s president, a position he held for nearly 19 years. He declared as interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, “a longtime diplomat who was speaker of the upper house of parliament, the Senate” (“Kazakh Ruling Party…”). Nazarbayev’s…