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Ukraine’s Language Law: Whose Rights Are Protected?

BY NATALIA KUDRIAVTSEVA

Rule of Law in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities in the Time of AMLO

The event was in Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation available.

Another Link in the Chain: The Kremlin’s Punishment of Businessmen Continues

BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV

Yet another high-profile case has hit Russia's business community. Since Thursday another investigation has been under way whose true motivation seems much different from the monetary transgressions cited in the complaint. 

AMLO & the Fourth Transformation: One Year After His Historic Election Victory

It has now been one year since the victory of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, an election that was won with the promise of a Fourth Transformation in Mexico. As part of this transformation, López Obrador promised to end corruption, grow the Mexican economy, reduce violence, build infrastructure, and expand social programs designed to reduce poverty and inequality. Six months after taking office, he has maintained a high level of popular support while aggressively pursuing his agenda and managing a challenging relationship with the U.S. administration.

Kennan Cable No. 42: Russia’s Resilient Legal Powerhouse: The Procuracy Enters the 21st Century

On March 18, 2019, President Vladimir Putin signed into law two new restrictions on freedom of speech. One law levied administrative fines on so-called “fake news” while the other imposed penalties for information deemed insulting to human dignity, public morality, or otherwise expressing disrespect to state symbols and institutions.[1] The above laws lacked precise standards, thereby requiring interpretation.

The Kremlin’s Statecraft and Russia’s Freeze-Thaw Cycle

BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV

Michael Calvey Case Revisited: A Corporate Hit, a Bargaining Chip

BY PAVEL KOSHKIN

The American investor Michael Calvey, who was detained in February in Moscow on fraud charges, is back in the news again. Calvey, who has lived and worked in Moscow for years, is the founder of Baring Vostok Capital Partners, a well-known private equity firm that has been investing in Russian ventures since 1994. He stands accused of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles (about $40 million) from the Vostochny Express bank.

The Future of Ukrainian Oligarchs

Twenty-seven years after independence, the Ukrainian economy continues to struggle. The broad influence of oligarchs, who rely on insider deals and hidden political connections to maximize their wealth, is one reason for Ukraine’s faltering development. Victor Andrusiv presented the findings of his new report, which details the influence of oligarchs on Ukrainian society, industry, and politics and three scenarios for their future in Ukraine.

Citizenship without Borders: Russian Passports for Ukrainian Citizens

BY ALICE E. M. UNDERWOOD

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