Arsen Avakov has survived Ukraine’s change of regime. President Zelensky needs him because of his links to the dark side of the Ukrainian deep state, against which the president’s young reformers are often powerless. The omnipotent minister is prepared to put aside his personal ambition to become the regime’s informal mainstay.
A Ukrainian delegation of writers and human rights activists discuss the obstacles they face in their fight for freedom of expression in the region.
Ukraine’s image is suffering from negative coverage surrounding the impeachment hearings of US President Donald Trump. Yet, while the country remains poor and corruption is rife, voters have overwhelmingly backed far-reaching political and economic change, and a new generation of leadership is committed to delivering it.
Konstantin Sonin is a professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and an adjunct professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
The Russian and Ukrainian leaders’ first face-to-face meeting took place at the Normandy Four summit in Paris on December 9
The team discuss the implications of the UK general election, and Ben meets Ukrainian opposition politician Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, founder of a new political party, Golos.
Thomas Raines, Head, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, Politician, Musician and Activist
Agnes Frimston, Deputy Editor, The World Today
Ben Horton, Communications Manager, International Affairs
Implementing the agreements to end the war in eastern Ukraine means that either Ukraine’s view must prevail, or Russia’s view must prevail. Western governments should be unequivocal in their defence of Ukraine’s.