Death of a Separatist Leader

David Marples The death of Mikhail Tolstykh (1980-2017), better known by his nickname Givi, was affirmed on February 8 by Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the Prime Minister of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ (DNR), a separatist enclave within Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine. Tolstykh died when a bomb exploded in his office around 6am. Zakharchenko accused the Ukrainian authorities of […]

Open Letter Concerning Kagarlitsky

Stop calling warmongers “anti-war activists” An open letter to the Stop the War coalition By Simon Pirani Dear friends, This is to ask you to think about your organisation’s alliance with Boris Kagarlitsky, the Russian political commentator who supports war in Ukraine. In a statement of 19 October, the Stop the War Coalition (STW) described […]

THE ‘IMMINENT COLLAPSE’ OF RUSSIA: A RESPONSE TO ALEXANDER MOTYL

David Marples Alex Motyl’s most recent commentary on the imminent demise of Vladimir Putin’s Russia (Foreign Affairs, Jan 27, 2016: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/russian-federation/2016-01-27/lights-out-putin-regime) provides a now familiar synopsis, based on broad simplifications, innuendos, and precious little hard analysis. Almost exactly one year ago, he provided a similar offering: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/russia-fsu/2015-02-05/goodbye-putin and in mid-December another editorial in which he […]

Decentralization: Pros, Cons, and Prospects

David Marples Introduction The reform process in Ukraine introduced after the Euromaidan protests has a number of facets. One of the most critical falls under the headline “decentralization.” This paper explores what is meant by this term in the context of contemporary Ukraine. It also examines the prospects for the success of the reform, its […]