Longreads

  • Enemy at the gate: Ukraine’s decisive battle for freedom

    27.02.2019

    Enemy at the gate: Ukraine’s decisive battle for freedom
    Meddling in elections is nothing new for the Kremlin, and Ukraine is not an exception. Russia has no constraints in applying the widest range of instruments to reverse its loss of political influence in Ukraine, writes James Wilson for eupoliticalreport.eu. The ruling elite in modern Russia still dreams of the geopolitical project of the “Russian World”, to ensure domination of ...
  • Putin’s bank moves to Budapest. It will be immune to all restrictions and regulations

    23.02.2019

    Putin's bank moves to Budapest. It will be immune to all restrictions and regulations
    The Moscow-based International Investment Bank is moving its headquarters to Budapest. The Hungarian Parliament debated the international agreement establishing the bank’s new headquarters yesterday – there are a number of alarming details, writes index.hu. The proposition to introduce the new international agreement with Russia into the Hungarian legal system contains a number of unusual details that provide a number of extra ...
  • Three Russia’s scenarios to reverse its loss of political influence in Ukraine

    19.02.2019

    Three Russia's scenarios to reverse its loss of political influence in Ukraine
    According to EU Political Report, Russia has no constraints in applying the widest range of instruments to reverse its loss of political influence in Ukraine. The ruling elite in modern Russia still dreams of the geopolitical project of the “Russian World”, to ensure domination of  the post-Soviet space by Moscow’s neo-empire, writes James Wilson in his article published at Ukrinform. Despite mounting ...
  • Tymoshenko has spent over $1 million on influence in the US

    25.01.2019

    Tymoshenko has spent over $1 million on influence in the US
    A network of limited liability companies, offshore accounts, shell corporations and other secretive entities spending on interests related to former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has spent over $1 million on influence in the United States—but the source of funding for recent foreign influence operations remains a mystery, writes Anna Massoglia for OpenSecrets.org. Tymoshenko—a longtime Ukrainian politician who gained international attention ...
  • Russia’s Pessimistic Prospects for 2019

    16.01.2019

    Russia’s Pessimistic Prospects for 2019
    Unlike the year before, Russia entered 2019 with low expectations and deepening disappointment in its own faltering revival. In contrast, the World Cup provided a focus for anticipation in 2018, and the presidential elections, pre-determined as the outcome was, raised hopes for increases of pensions and social benefits. Those hopes turned into frustration with the ...
  • The Digital Maginot Line

    15.01.2019

    The Digital Maginot Line
    There is a war happening. We are immersed in an evolving, ongoing conflict: an Information World War in which state actors, terrorists, and ideological extremists leverage the social infrastructure underpinning everyday life to sow discord and erode shared reality. The conflict is still being processed as a series of individual skirmishes – a collection of disparate, localized, truth-in-narrative ...
  • Ukraine’s 2019 Elections May Be Completely Unpredictable but Five Things Are Certain

    11.01.2019

    Ukraine’s 2019 Elections May Be Completely Unpredictable but Five Things Are Certain
    2019 is election year in Ukraine. Ukrainians will select a new president this spring and a new parliament in the fall. Even though the outcome of the presidential race is unpredictable, there are five things about this political cycle that are not, writes Brian Mefford, the director of Wooden Horse Strategies, LLC, a government relations and strategic communications firm for ...
  • How Putin Lost Ukraine for Good

    07.01.2019

    How Putin Lost Ukraine for Good
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will go down in history as having “lost Ukraine” for good. Putin has experienced two “geopolitical tragedies” with the disintegration of the USSR in 1991 and disintegration of the Russian world in 2018, writes a non-resident fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins-SAIS and professor at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy Taras Kuzio ...
  • Russian Agents in Western Media

    06.01.2019

    Russian Agents in Western Media
    The exposure of a journalist of the German magazine, Der Spiegel, Claas Relotius, who falsified materials for his articles, was a real shock and sharply raised the issue of the availability of effective tools for controlling misinformation in the media community, writes Oleksandr Danylyuk for intpolicydigest.org Relotius’ case is impressive. He managed not only to fool his readers and colleagues over ...
  • EUvsDisinfo: 1001 messages of Kremlin propaganda

    03.01.2019

    EUvsDisinfo: 1001 messages of Kremlin propaganda
    “Lies and blatant fabrications” – this was how the British government described Russia’s clumsy attempt to conceal its hand in the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, by staging a bizarre interview with the suspects. But it might as well be a by-line for the overall pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign that we followed in 2018, writes euvsdisinfo.eu. Out of over 1000 cases that we have collected this year, Ukraine emerges ...