After Vladimir Putin’s fiery Valdai Club speech in Sochi on October 21st, it has become clear that 2014 will be a watershed year for the Russian Federation and Russia-watchers everywhere. From Euromaidan to the Olympics, from the Crimean Crisis to the support of separatists in the Donbass region, Westerners have been attempting to answer one simple question:
What is motivating Putin?
On Thursday, April 10, 2014, the Ellison Center produced a panel discussion on Ukraine and Russia in light of events in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. In case you missed the event, or if you want to refer back to some of the points, the individual panelists’ discussions are below.
The consequences of Russia’s annexation of Crimea extend beyond concerns of land sovereignty…
“Russians don’t surrender.” These were the words of Ukrainian Navy Captain Maxim Emelianenko…
2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games REECA medal count
This post is part of the Ellison Center blog Series on Sochi. Click here to read more of our coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia!
Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz speaks with The Record’s Ross Reynolds about the on-going situation in Ukraine. Listen to the interview on Seattle’s local NPR affiliate, KUOW here.
By Jennifer J. Carroll This post was written at 11 a.m. Feb. 20, 2014 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Read Jennifer’s previous report on EuroMaidan here. I got up early Tuesday morning. A march on parliament had been planned to demand a return to the 2004 constitution — the constitution replaced six years later by a new one
By Jennifer J. Carroll Just a few short weeks ago, walking through the EuroMaidan encampment would bring me joy. In December and early January, it was an organic gathering of people filled with music, dancing, food, and art. There were children in costume, gathering choirs, and community building the likes of which I have never
by Jennifer Carroll Read Jennifer’s powerful stories of EuroMaidan here. (Click to scroll through photos.)
By Indra Ekmanis As a panel of scholars analyzed Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests Tuesday night at UW, 5,000 miles away in Kyiv, events turned deadly. At least two protestors were killed by gunshots as pro-European/anti-government forces clashed with riot police. These are the first reported fatalities of Euromaidan. The protests began Nov. 21, 2013, when Ukrainian