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Tue, May 18, 2021

Naftogaz drama highlights Ukraine’s politics of personal destruction

In Ukraine, it seems, no public leader leaves office without being subjected to a wave of invective, criticism, and scorn. This negative culture was on display recently during a turbulent leadership change at Naftogaz.

UkraineAlert by Adrian Karatnycky

Energy Markets & Governance Political Reform

Wed, Mar 31, 2021

Ukraine’s unlikely new political heavyweight

Ukraine has an unlikely new political heavyweight. Oleksiy Danilov is Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council. He has recently become Ukraine’s most compelling voice for reform.

UkraineAlert by Adrian Karatnycky

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Sat, Jan 30, 2021

The rejection of reformer Yuriy Vitrenko highlights Ukraine’s broken politics

The Ukrainian parliament's failure to confirm the appointment of veteran reformer Yuriy Vitrenko as Energy Minister raises serious questions over the maturity of the country's political culture.

UkraineAlert by Adrian Karatnycky

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Adrian Karatnycky is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and managing partner of Myrmidon Group LLC, a New York-based consultancy that works with investors and corporations seeking entry into the complex emerging markets of Ukraine and Eastern Europe. He is a founder and codirector of the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter.

From 1993 to 2004, he was president and executive director of Freedom House, during which time he developed programs of assistance to democratic and human rights movements in Belarus, Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine. At Freedom House he devised a range of long-term comparative analytic surveys of democracy and political reform. For twelve years he directed the benchmark survey Freedom in the World and was co-editor of the annual Nations in Transit study of reform in the post-Communist world.

He is a frequent contributor to Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, and many other periodicals. He is coauthor of three books and coeditor of eight books on Soviet and post-Soviet themes. He’s been an outstanding voice for the Council on events unfolding in Ukraine.