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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.

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Belarus: whether or not Putin is behind the border crisis, it plays into Kremlin hands

Nov 13, 2021 07:36 am UTC| Politics

The migrant crisis on Belaruss western border has escalated rapidly in recent days, forcing Poland and Lithuania to declare a state of emergency and close the borders with their neighbour. With 15,000 Polish border...

Belarus: targeting of critics likely to intensify as Lukashenko expands his reach

Aug 06, 2021 10:20 am UTC| Insights & Views

Nearly one year after the presidential election that plunged Belarus into a crisis of political legitimacy, persecution of government critics and activists appears to be on the rise. Two recent incidents a Belarusian...

Kidnapping of Roman Protasevich will force pariah Belarus more firmly into Russia's orbit

May 28, 2021 11:10 am UTC| Politics

The taking of journalist Roman Protasevich from a commercial airline flight has further estranged Belarus from an outraged west and will force the country deeper under the influence of an increasingly powerful Russian...

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

NFT Artwork on LG Display’s OLED screen auctioned off for US$6.2 million

The non-fungible token artwork created on LG Display Co.s transparent OLED screen in collaboration with Turkish media arts designer and director Refik Anadol was auctioned off for US$6.2 million. The NFT art collection...

Buen Vato to launch world’s first tequila in a cardboard bottle

AliasSmith AB-owned Buen Vato will launch the worlds first tequila in a cardboard bottle, made from 94 percent recycled material, in Sweden this July. The cardboard bottle is said to be lighter to transport, reducing...

Nomura leads $6 million funding round of blockchain climate startup Allinfra

Nomura led a $6 million Series A funding of climate solutions-focused Hong Kong blockchain startup, Allinfra. The company focuses on utilizing blockchain technology to track emissions, renewable energy certifications,...

Hershey opens Malaysian R&D facilities, its largest outside US

The Hershey Company has opened a 10,400-square-foot facility housing the RD laboratories, a packaging development plant, and a sensory area in Johor, Malaysia, as it seeks to develop and launch new products in...

Nestle Toll House Cafe acquired by FAT Brands

Nescafe Toll House Cafe franchise will be getting a new owner as FAT Brands Inc. has entered into a deal to buy it this year. It was reported that the American multi-brand restaurant operator headquartered in Beverly...

Politics

Afghanistan: Taliban's restrictions look to make women, girls 'invisible', UN expert says

The Taliban has increasingly imposed restrictive policies on Afghan women and girls months since retaking control of Afghanistan. A UN expert who visited the country said the restrictive policies by the insurgent group...

Iran: Incident at Parchin military complex leaves one killed, one wounded

An incident occurred at Irans Parchin military complex this week, leaving two casualties. One was killed, and another was wounded in the incident, according to the countrys defense ministry. Irans defense ministry...

US Justice Department targeting Trump attorneys, advisers in fake electors investigation

The US Justice Department has mostly kept silent about its ongoing investigations, particularly probes related to the attempt by Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 elections and stay in power. With the focus...

US GOP Rep. Jim Jordan demands to see all evidence against him before complying to Jan. 6 panel subpoena

The Jan. 6 congressional committee investigating the Capitol insurrection moved to issue subpoenas to a handful of sitting Republican lawmakers in Congress. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan recently demanded that he view all the...

Science

S. Korean scientists develop magnet-based soil purification tech

The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute had developed a method for purifying radioactively contaminated soil by using magnets to separate radioactive cesium from the soil. Cesium is most frequently found in...

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Technology

Xiaomi Mi Band 7 gains an always-on display and all-day SpO2 monitoring

Xiaomi has unveiled the seventh generation of its budget-friendly Mi Band series. While there is not much difference that can be easily spotted in its design, the company says the Mi Band 7 is packed with some new features...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ expansion leak suggests a new story takes place in Pacifica

CD Projekt Red has confirmed for a while now that it is working on the first Cyberpunk 2077 expansion. The developer has yet to reveal what will happen in the next story, but a new leak appears to have revealed where it...

‘God of War Ragnarok’ has been rated in South Korea

While fans are still waiting for the release date announcement for God of War Ragnarok, they may have gotten one clear indication that the game is launching soon. The title has reportedly received a rating in South Korea,...

Google reportedly postpones Pixel Fold launch for a second time

The launch of Googles first foldable phone this year has once again become questionable after a new report said the company has decided to postpone its production. This is the second time Google was rumored to have dialed...
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