No Laughing Matter: The Rise of Ukraine’s Comedian-President

On July 8, 2020, Posted by , In Europe, By ,, , With Comments Off on No Laughing Matter: The Rise of Ukraine’s Comedian-President

By Nate McGhie In the wake of the 2014 Euromaidan uprisings in Ukraine, comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy created, produced, and starred in “Servant of the People”, a TV series about an unknown history teacher winning the presidential elections. The show is a satirical take on the corruption and inefficiency…

The Rise and Fall of Putin’s Approval Rating

On September 23, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on The Rise and Fall of Putin’s Approval Rating

For the first time in five years and since his reelection back in 2018, Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has dropped below 65 percent. His approval rating has been continuously recorded by the Levada Analytical Center since Putin first took office, and looking at the patterns in the ratings data, we…

Ukrainian Orthodox Church Freed from Russian Oversight

On August 10, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Ukrainian Orthodox Church Freed from Russian Oversight

By Stephen Fortuna What began as the straightforward territorial claim and annexation of Crimea in 2014 has now become a protracted, multidimensional conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine. While the two countries continue to exchange economic, political, and physical blows, Ukraine has moved its fight for permanent independence into…

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

On July 27, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on 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…

Russia’s Disinformation Attack on Ukraine

On April 2, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By , , With Comments Off on Russia’s Disinformation Attack on Ukraine

By Marren Haneburg In what researchers at Oxford Internet Institute described as “the most globally advanced case of computational propaganda,” Ukraine was Europe’s most frequent target of disinformation campaigns in 2018 (Bohdanova). According to the EU vs Disinfo database, Ukraine had “461 references among a total of 1,000 disinformation cases…