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Mon, May 20, 2019

Q&A: Ukraine’s got a new president. How did he do on inauguration day?

On May 20, Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn in as Ukraine’s sixth president. His inauguration speech was ambitious: he called for early elections, urged parliament to end parliamentary immunity, pass electoral reform and the law on illegal enrichment. He also wants parliament to sack the head of the SBU, the prosecutor general, and the minister of […]

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Wed, May 15, 2019

Foreign interference in Ukraine’s election

Ukraine conducted its presidential election in accordance with democratic standards, despite clear evidence of Russian interference. The interference, however, was not extensive enough to affect the election’s outcome or the actual voting process.

Report by Ukraine Election Task Force

Cybersecurity Disinformation

Tue, Jan 29, 2019

Time to Shame Putin Again

Chechnya is at it again. Recent reports indicate that there’s another anti-gay pogrom underway in the Russian region of Chechnya. It is said to include kidnappings, secret torture chambers, and arbitrary executions. Violence against these individuals is escalating, and it’s the biggest spike of targeted attacks against gay Chechens since 2017 when 100 LGBTQ people […]

UkraineAlert by Maxim Eristavi

Russia

Maksym Eristavi is a nonresident research fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center with focus on the diffusion of security, civil and media rights in the region of Eastern Europe. Mr. Eristavi is also a prominent Ukrainian writer and one of the most well-known English-speaking journalists coming from Eastern Europe. A self-described ‘bridge-builder’, he amplifies and explains stories from global frontlines for equal human rights. His work sits on the nexus of disinformation, foreign policy, and identity politics.

Mr. Eristavi is a co-founder of the Russian Language News Exchange, the largest support network for independent newsrooms in Eastern, Northern Europe, Central Asia and Hromadske International, a leading independent news startup covering Eastern Europe. He has been a contributor for news outlets such as BBC, CNN, Reuters, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Politico, die Welt, and the Washington Post among others. Mr. Eristavi delivers regular policy briefings to parliaments and foreign ministries, including in the UK, the US, and the EU Parliament. He is a traveling lecturer and has been booked by leading teaching institutions, including Stanford, Yale, the London School of Economics, the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Mr. Eristavi is the only openly queer journalist coming from Ukraine and has been outspoken in raising regional civil rights issues abroad.

Mr. Eristavi’s research work at the Atlantic Council includes being a regional lead at the Council’s Disinfo Portal initiative and a communication lead on conceptualizing and promoting inclusive foreign policy at the Council’s LGBT Advisory Council.