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Where Have the ‘Pro-Russians’ Gone in Ukraine’s 2019 Elections?
December 6, 2018 @ 12:30 pm EST
Event: Populists vs. Reformers: Where Have the ‘Pro-Russians’ Gone in Ukraine’s 2019 Elections?Five years after the Euromaidan Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine will hold presidential and parliamentary elections in March and October 2019, respectively. These elections will not display the traditional battle between ‘pro-Western’ and ‘pro-Russian’ forces, because 16% of pro-Russian voters and 27 election districts are under Russian occupation in the Crimea and Donbas, furthermore, the Party of Regions no longer exists and the Communist Party is banned. Instead, the on-going Russia-Ukraine war in the Donbas will provide the background to an election that will resemble those held in Europe and the U.S. where populists face reformers and established forces. The independence of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church from Moscow was a sign of the terminal decline of Russian soft power in Ukraine. Next year’s elections will test whether Ukraine’s reforms and European integration will be irreversible by 2024 – the year when Vladimir Putin’s current term in office ends.
**Dr. Taras Kuzio, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy
Sponsored by Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
Dr. Taras Kuzio is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and author of Putin’s War Against Ukraine (2017) and joint author of The Sources of Russia’s Great Power Politics: Ukraine and the Challenge to the European Order (2018).
WHEN: Thursday, December 6 … 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons
George Washington University
1957 “E” Street, NW
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