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About Taras Kuzio

Taras Kuzio is a Research Associate at the Centre for Political and Regional Studies, Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta. He is author of the forthcoming ‘Commissars into Oligarchs: A Contemporary History of Ukraine.’

Articles by Taras Kuzio

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Ukraine's blackmail system

In Ukraine, businessmen are pressured to give financial and political support to the authorities or to testify against political opponents.


Crime and politics in Crimea

The link between crime and politics in Crimea has been evident for some time. Now, crime boss Sergei Aksyonov – the ‘Goblin’ – has become its self-declared leader…

Crimea – from playground to battleground

Journalistic speculation about Crimea becoming independent is rife. However, the real dangers lie elsewhere…

The problem in Ukraine isn’t Svoboda, it’s Yanukovych: a reply to Ivan Katchanovksi

Many Ukraine observers have identified the far-right Svoboda party as the key source of racial conflict in the country. This represents a misunderstanding of Ukraine’s fake politics, its divisive president and the real far-right thugs of the Party of Regions, argues Taras Kuzio.

Ukraine: the immobile state

The electoral defeat of the figureheads of the “orange revolution” of 2004 raises profound questions over Ukraine’s political future. A realistic assessment suggests that the views of both alarmists and optimists will be confounded, says Taras Kuzio.

Ukraine: beyond the orange coalition

The changing fortunes of the two allies of the "orange revolution" of 2004 are a key to understanding Ukraine's political dynamics, says Taras Kuzio.

(This article was first published on 17 July 2008)

Ukraine: democracy vs personality

The orange forces' fourth narrow electoral majority in three years leaves open the contest between further democratic reform and personal ambition, writes Taras Kuzio.

Ukraine: free elections, kamikaze president

An "orange coalition" is still the most likely outcome of a Ukrainian election won by the revolution’s opponent, says Taras Kuzio.
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