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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.

Global Geopolitics Series

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

Costco’s net income for the quarter was $1.868 billion,

Costco would want to forever keep the price of the hotdog and soda combo at $1.50, where it has been since 1985. On a recent call, the companys chief financial officer Richard Galanti stated the plan is to keep the...

IG will receive brand visibility at both venues of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Wembley in hosting games in London.

The National Football League (NFL) has tapped online trading and investments firm IG as its presenting partner for three regular-season games in London. The deal also includes the designation of IG as NFL UKs lead...

It's unclear how possible alliances for other NFT categories, like video and fantasy sports, are doing.

The Premier Leagues plans to launch non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have reportedly been derailed by the cryptocurrency crash, threatening a potential new revenue stream worth over US$427 million. Earlier this year, it was...

MonkeyLeague will release a fresh set of AC Milan-themed game materials, including characters, skins, and venues.

AC Milan has signed a new partnership deal designating the MonkeyLeague, a Web 3.0 soccer title, as their non-fungible token (NFT) gaming partner. MonkeyLeague, a platform built on the Solana blockchain, enables users...

The original Karaage-kun specialty whisky is made specifically by the Liquor Museum to pair with Lawson's flagship fried chicken.

The Liquor Museum bar will open at the Shinjuku Washington Hotel Building on October 6th offering a special whisky designed to pair with Lawson convenience stores Japanese fried chicken, Karaage-kun! The original...

Politics

The Labor Party has pledged to put up a publicly-owned energy firm if elected, to better solve rising energy bills.

The British opposition Labor Party has promised to set up a publicly-owned energy company if it wins the next election, according to party leader Keir Starmer. The move would help address the rising energy bills and it...

EU has urged the new Italian government to stick to its reform plans as the bloc's executive approved additional funding.

The European Union has called on the new government in Italy to adhere to its reform plans. This comes as the bloc has approved additional post-COVID-19 recovery funds. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen...

The agency has approved EV charging station plans for all 50 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico.

The United States Transportation Department has approved the plans for electric vehicle charging stations nationwide. All 50 states would have EV charging stations, including Washington DC and Puerto Rico. The...

Authorities searched a yacht in northern Germany as part of its probe on Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov.

Law enforcement authorities in Germany searched the motor of a yacht as part of the probe on Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, officials announced this week. The search of the yacht was part of the efforts by officials...

Science

Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone payments after successfully passing key stages of the development and approval cycle.

South Koreas Celltrion Inc. will jointly develop and work on the market release with Abpro Corp. of the US on a breast cancer treatment candidate ABP 10 Under the deal, Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone...

Current Canadian and American management efforts do not go far enough to decrease entanglement hazards and encourage the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale.

The Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program added the American red lobster, caught in both US and Canada to its red list. Other species also added to the list are the snow crab, Atlantic rock crab, and others that...

The microscope unit, which also manufactures industrial endoscopes and x-ray analyzers, will be transferred to Bain on January 4, subject to antitrust regulatory approvals in Japan and elsewhere.

Olympus had agreed to sell its microscope unit to private equity firm Bain Capital for $3.1 billion as it speeds up the overhaul of its business portfolio to focus solely on medical technology The microscope unit, which...

The research team discovered that steamed mealworms emit a strong, corn-like odor, and when grilled or fried, they gave off a shrimp and frying oil-like scent.

South Korean researchers from Wonkwang University have developed a new process that uses edible insects to create meat-flavored seasoning. The research team came up with 98 volatile compounds with varying amounts of...

The resulting thermoplastic resin could be purified through a distillation process to make food-grade potassium lactate.

Wind turbine blades could eventually be recycled into gummies according to a Michigan State University professor, This was discussed during the American Chemical Societys fall conference, which kicked off in Chicago...

Technology

The key selling point of this system is the ability to remotely manipulate digital avatars from a computer, camera, and microphone at home

Lawson plans to introduce digital avatars at register monitors that are controlled remotely by real humans at over 200 stores in the next three years. The digital avatars will start showing up at a few Lawson stores as...

New ‘Overwatch 2’ players will have to unlock original characters and game modes

New players joining Overwatch 2 next month will be introduced to the game differently. Blizzard designed the First Time User Experience (FTUE), so they could gradually become familiar with the playable characters and game...

EA’s new hunting game ‘Wild Hearts’ will reportedly launch in early 2023

EA and Koei Tecmo will release the first Wild Hearts trailer soon. But the games launch window may have been revealed already. The companies announced earlier this month that they have partnered to co-publish an all-new...

Amazon listing for Pixel 7 went live early revealing its release date and price

The closer Googles event is, the more leaks are appearing in the wild. An early listing of the Pixel 7 on Amazon was recently spotted that may have confirmed when the device will arrive in stores and how much it will...

Apple confirms downgraded version of Stage Manager for older iPad Pro models without M1 chip

Apple previously said Stage Manager on iPadOS 16 was only possible on newer iPads, specifically the models powered by the M1 chip. Now, the company shared some good news and confirmed that it found a workaround to bring...
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