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Liana Semchuk

Liana Semchuk

PhD Candidate in Politics, University of Oxford
Liana Semchuk is a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, Nuffield College specializing in contemporary East European politics, and issues pertaining to post-Soviet economy, oligarchs, money laundering, and institutional corruption. Her PhD dissertation empirically explores the origins and causes of the Donbas conflict.

Russia: Alexei Navalny's return adds spice to an already challenging year for Vladimir Putin

Jan 19, 2021 04:48 am UTC| Politics

Political commentators both inside Russia and around the world are comparing Alexei Navalnys return to Moscow with Vladimir Lenins sealed train journey from Switzerland to St Petersburg in April 1917. It was eight-day...

Ukraine: window opens for peace in the Donbas after Volodymyr Zelensky agrees to election plan

Oct 04, 2019 14:44 pm UTC| Insights & Views

As the war in eastern Ukraine drags into its sixth year, all the attempts to end it have so far failed. But in a significant development on October 1, Ukraines president, Volodymyr Zelensky, announced his provisional...

Ukraine: US arms sales making big business money while ordinary people pay the price

Apr 01, 2019 17:29 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Selling lethal weapons to Ukraine is the equivalent of pouring kerosene onto a flame. But ongoing hostilities between Ukraine and Russia including the Kerch strait crisis, which began late last year when Russia...

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Economy

Huawei blames US for chip shortage, eyes cooperation with S. Korea, Japan, Europe

Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co. blamed the US for a global chip shortage that stalled production across manufacturing industries and called for cooperation with South Korea, Japan, and Europe to...

Alessandra Galloni appointed as Reuters' new editor-in-chief

Reuters News just announced that it has appointed its new editor-in-chief and named Alessandra Galloni. She is said to be the very first woman to take the post in the news agencys 170-year history. As per Reuters,...

Domino’s Pizza testing its Nuro robot for delivery of orders

Dominos Pizza is aiming to use a robot to fulfill its orders for delivery. The restaurant was revealed to be testing its R2 vehicle, a Nuro-made autonomous vehicle that will deliver pizzas to customers. As per CNBC, the...

Nike launch refurbished program to sell returned or slightly used sneakers

Nike announced its plans to sell refurbished pairs of shoes that have been used and returned by customers. The brand will be cleaning up the sneakers and placing them back in stores. Nike said on Monday, April 12, that...

Nvidia to produce Arm-based chip and challenge Intel Corp

Nvidia disclosed its plans to produce an Arm-based processor chip and compete with Intel in this market. The tech company based in Santa Clara, California, will be going head to head with Intel through its Grace server...

Politics

Donald Trump lawsuit: Ex-POTUS' former fixer Michael Cohen seeks to have home confinement sentence suspended

One of the most vocal critics of now-former President Donald Trump is his former fixer, Michael Cohen. Currently serving on a home confinement sentence, Cohen is seeking to have his sentence suspended as he is set to meet...

Joe Biden called for 'peace and calm' following Daunte Wright shooting

Another shooting occurred this week when a police officer opened fire at 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Minnesota. President Joe Biden called for peace following news of Wrights death. Speaking to the press at the Oval...

Donald Trump says COVID-19 vaccines should be called 'Trumpcine' at GOP donor event

Millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses have already been administered in the United States, and former President Donald Trump seeks to take credit for its development. During the recent Republican donor event in Florida, the...

Nancy Pelosi says bipartisan cooperation is encouraged for the upcoming infrastructure bill

The previous COVID-19 relief package that was signed into law several weeks back was passed on party lines. With the upcoming infrastructure package having a higher price tag, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says bipartisan...

Science

Feeding cows a few ounces of seaweed daily could sharply reduce their contribution to climate change

Methane is a short-lived but powerful greenhouse gas and the second-largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. And the majority of human-induced methane emissions comes from livestock. About 70% of...

Researchers have grown 'human embryos' from skin cells. What does that mean, and is it ethical?

Researchers have successfully grown model versions of early human embryos by reprogramming cells from human skin. The breakthrough potentially opens up new ways to study the earliest phases of human development, learn more...

Artemis: how ever changing US space policy may push back the next Moon landing

Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan blasted off from the Taurus-Littrow valley on the Moon in their lunar module Challenger on December 14 1972. Five days later, they splashed down safely in the Pacific, closing the Apollo...

As the Perseverance rover lands on Mars, there's a lot we already know about Mars from meteorites found on Earth

NASAs Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars this morning, and has already begun beaming back images. But people might be surprised to learn there have been another 48 missions to the red planet so far. Of...

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Technology

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 could be announced this week with a retail launch on April 27

There have been several reports about the anticipated Surface Laptop 4 over the last few months that suggest its announcement could be around the corner. After details about its technical specifications have leaked, it is...

Pixel 5a is NOT canceled as Google confirms 5G variant exists

The rumor mill may have forced Google to confirm the existence of Pixel 5a ahead of its expected release date. The company issued a statement to verify the existence of the mid-range phone, especially a 5G variant,...

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 could sport a slightly smaller battery

There could be even more curiosity around the Galaxy Z Fold 3 now that it is even more unlikely for Samsung to refresh the Galaxy Note series this year. Latest reports claim that the foldable smartphone might receive a...

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE first design leak hints at 6.4-inch display and a ‘glastic’ back

With the Galaxy S21 series now in the market and the Galaxy Note unlikely to get a refresh this year, the Galaxy S21 Fan Edition (FE) is most likely the next most awaited smartphone from Samsung. Months ahead of its...
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