Andrew Wilson

The least predictable Belarusian election in decades

The Belarusian presidential election campaign features at least three candidates the government cannot control or ignore – all of whom have the potential to reach a broad audience. 

Ukraine and the oligarchs: Endless delays to reform

The coronavirus has hit Ukraine hard, but the IMF has promised the country less funding than seemed likely only months ago. Self-interested oligarchs are delaying necessary new reforms and pushing back against those Ukraine has already made. 

The coronavirus in Eastern Europe: Avoiding another Chernobyl

Eastern Europe has so far not seen an outbreak of the coronavirus as severe as that in the west of the continent. But the situation…

Crimea: Russia’s newest Potemkin Village

Grand projects funded by Russia can do little to cover up the lopsided and inadequate economy and infrastructure that Crimeans are now living with

Europe’s duty to help protect Crimean Tatars

Crimean Tatars face increasing repression by Russian authorities, but divisions on cooperation with Moscow or Kiev, as well as internal leadership disputes, have hindered a unified response. Europe must advocate for Crimean Tatars' rights despite these challenges. 

Happy Christmas, Ukraine

On 7 January, Ukrainians celebrated a double-holiday: Orthodox Christmas and the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox church

Russia, Ukraine, and the battle for religion

The Ukrainian church pushes for independence from Moscow. The split will undermine Putin’s vision of a ‘Russian world’ and accelerate Ukraine’s cultural separation from Russia

Ukrainian elections: Poroshenko and proliferating populists

Four years after Euromaidan, the overall picture is bleak. Former Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko has established a lead in the polls – but she has done so by profiting from social and economic problems rather than addressing past faults.