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    Putin is uniting Europe

    The European Union, whose destabilization has been one of the main goals of Putin’s foreign policy, exists and resists. The expulsion of Russian diplomats from the countries of the European Union and the United States will be an...

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    The logic of terror: what the Ruban case means

    A segment of the public may distrust the information on the detention of Volodymyr Ruban, head of the Officer Corps organization, and the reports from special services on the preparation of large-scale terrorist acts in Ukraine. This is...

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    Corruption and the triumph of populism

    When the fight against corruption is accompanied by systematic discrediting of state institutions, this can only lead to the degradation of political culture and the collapse of authority. Observers view the results of the Italian...

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    Maidan was an uprising for independence

    But now we have to decide what kind of Ukraine we will have. When Maidan is mentioned today, people speak primarily about its “values”  — a summary of the hopes and wishes that unified the protesters. And also about the...

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    Putin’s Cook and other indictments

    “Cook of spicy dishes” was how the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin once characterized his successor Joseph Stalin. An experienced publicist, Lenin came up with an accurate image. But 100 years later, this image has changed from...

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    The Saakashvili saga — folly and disrespect for the rule of...

    The entire history of the arrival of the former Georgian president in Ukraine up to his deportation from our country is a chronicle of folly and disrespect for the rule of  law. Mikheil Saakashvili turned up here already at the end of his...

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    The main difference between Ukraine and Russia

    A Radio Svoboda listener asked me how Russia differs from Ukraine. The answer was self-evident — by the freedom to choose. And on the eve of presidential elections in both countries, this fact looks absolutely obvious. There is still...

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    Polish law and Ukrainian response

    After the Polish Senate passed the scandalous amendments to the draft law on the Institute of National Remembrance, there were many appeals in Ukrainian media to come up with an “suitable response.” With a response that would...

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    Ukraine’s Donbas law and Russia’s outrage

    Russian President Vladimir Putin convened a special meeting of the permanent members of the Russian Security Council to discuss the passage of the  Donbas reintegration law by the Ukrainian parliament. Russia’s Minister of Foreign...

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    Putin’s “hybrid peace” is a Kremlin trap for Ukraine

    The Kremlin “peacemaker” During a recent meeting with editors from Russian mass media, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed relations with Ukraine in peace-loving terms. He declared that relations with Kyiv must be...

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