With an astonishing 80.23% of the votes in the recent Belarusian presidential elections, the incumbent president — Alyaksandr Lukashenka — has once again secured a landslide victory over his opposition. His sixth consecutive victory, however, was met with mass protests in the capital, Minsk, over the falsifications and electoral fraud that has become apparent in the aftermath of these elections. Yet, despite a history of electoral fraud, Belarusians appear to have had enough of Lukashenka and his never-ending rule, mobilizing in numbers of up to 300,000.

As a response to the peaceful demonstrations, the government employed riot police to disperse…


by Artem Kyzym

Introduction

On 23 June 2016, the British government held a referendum on a potential British exit (‘Brexit’) from the European Union (EU). With a slim majority of 52%, voters cast their ballots in favour of leaving the economic union and for the first time in history, seceding from the club of member states. There were significant transnational implications as a result, with the national media in other member states playing a crucial role in covering and helping to inform the European public of those implications.

To some degree, the role of national media in portraying Brexit has been part of…


The perspective for a global cyber-war is becoming more real than ever. More and more countries are creating cyber-divisions within their armies, and, within media, notifications of cyber-attacks on objects of critical infrastructure are becoming more frequent. Expressions such as the ‘weaponization of thoughts’ and ‘cyber-weapons’ are entering the everyday lexicon of experts and human rights activists alike.

Within the context of cyber-wars, Russia is perhaps the country that is most heard of. Despite having outdated technologies, compared to the West, Russia’s ability to conduct cyber-operations and informational warfare should not be underestimated. In the last 10 years, almost every…


by Artem Kyzym

With 254 out of 450 parliamentary seats won, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s party — ‘Sluga Narodu’ (or ‘Servant of the People’) — takes the absolute majority in the 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary elections. With these results, multiple initiatives undertaken by Zelensky prior to the elections will be reviewed and will resurface at the forefront of the new presidential agenda. One of such initiatives is the new lustration bill submitted by Zelensky on the 11th of July 2019[1]. …


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On 25 June 2019, Promote Ukraine (PU) had the pleasure of holding the conference — Behind the Digital Curtain. Civil Society vs State Sponsored Cyber Attacks. The conference brought together experts from various European countries, including Ukraine and Russia, who shared their experiences and expertise of working in the field of cyber security. The conference was split into four panels, each addressing a certain topic or issue the domain of cyber security is currently facing.

Before the convening of the four panels, the key note speaker of this conference, Christo Grozev, a writer for Bellingcat, introduced the audience to…


by Artem Kyzym

Introduction

On 23 June 2016, the British government held a referendum on a potential British exit (‘Brexit’) from the European Union (EU). With a slim majority of 52%, voters cast their ballots in favor of leaving in the economic union and for the first time in history, seceding from the club of member states. Such a turnout of events has caused fear of other member states leaving the Union, with some parties calling for a ‘Frexit’ (French exit) or a ‘Nexit’ (Netherlands exit) in a blatant attempt to spread a so-called Domino Effect (Lyons, 2016). And although the fear of an…

Artem Kyzym

Student at Vrije Universiteit Brussels. Interested politics and sociology, particularly to do with the European Union, Euroscepticism, Populism and Integration.

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