Saakashvili’s Escapades in Ukraine

SAAKASHVILI’S ESCAPADES IN UKRAINE David Marples Mikeil Saakashvili’s dramatic return to Ukraine has elicited numerous comments on social media, most of which regard his actions as a positive boost to his reputation and a negative impact on the presidency of Petro Poroshenko, who deprived him of his Ukrainian citizenship in July. But what will be […]

KUZIO-MARPLES: POST-DEBATE REMARKS AND FACT CHECK

Ernest Gyidel Debates play (or at least expected to) a healthy, rejuvenating role in any academic discipline or field of studies, preventing conceptual ossification and ideological rigidity. In this regard, William Szuch’s YouTube channel UkeTube deserves much praise for hosting two (so far) debates on one of the most controversial questions of the Ukrainian history […]

Days of Freedom in Belarus

David Marples On Saturday, Belarusians will commemorate March 25, the Independence Day of 1918 or as it is more simply known, the Day of Freedom. This year the march has unusual significance because it takes place following a series of protests and mass demonstrations across the country. How serious is unrest in Belarus and what […]

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 […]

CIUS’ 40th Anniversary Conference

David Marples On October 14-15, the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) held its 40th anniversary conference at Lister Hall, University of Alberta. For the first time in twenty years, most experts on Ukraine and Ukrainian Canadian studies resident in Canada, and several from the United States, as well as one from the UK and two from Ukraine, […]