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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

South Korean legislators seeks delay of crypto tax

South Korean parliament is taking steps to suspend a planned 20 percent tax on annual profits from digital asset investments exceeding 2.5 million won for another year. The government planned to begin taxing on Jan. 1,...

Chicago Bulls icon Scottie Pippen extends foray into beverage biz with bourbon barrel-aged tea

Iconic former Chicago Bulls basketball player Scottie Pippen extends his foray into the beverages business with a December 5 launch of his limited-release DIGITS Bourbon Barrel Aged Tea in partnership with Smith...

More Japanese workers now feel that drinking with colleagues is unnecessary

Over 60 percent of Japanese workers surveyed online said they believe drinking with colleagues is unnecessary, as the pandemic reduced reliance on alcohol drinks to deepen relationships. Those who shun meeting up with...

Skyrocketing housing prices force Seoul residents to move to Gyeonggi Province

More people are leaving Seoul to nearby provinces like Gyeonggi and other greater Seoul regions due to the financial difficulties caused by the pandemic, coupled with skyrocketing housing prices. Last year, 402,000...

NFL opens official Roblox store

The National Football League (NFL) has opened a virtual store at Roblox, initially offering official virtual helmets for all 32 teams. The NFL hopes to take advantage of rising consumer demand for digital items that can...

Politics

Donald Trump investigation: Michael Cohen says investigators should 'squeeze' those closest to Allen Weisselberg

Two investigations surrounding twice-impeached former President Donald Trump are based in New York, both of which probe into his assets and businesses. Trumps former fixer, Michael Cohen, revealed which people...

Joe Biden Build Back Better bill: Sen. Amy Klobuchar says social infrastructure bill will pass the Senate

Following the passage of US President Joe Bidens Build Back Better act in the House, it now heads to the Senate for another round of negotiations. Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar expressed confidence that the...

Iran: Nuclear talks resume this week, breakthrough least likely

World powers are returning to Vienna to restart discussions with Iran and its nuclear program. However, there is little hope for any breakthrough coming from this latest effort. The delegations of the world powers will...

Capitol insurrection: Missouri paper calls on Senate to investigate Josh Hawley's possible Jan. 6 involvement

Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley became one of the faces of the Capitol insurrection on January 6. As the House Committees investigation is underway, a local news outlet in Missouri is calling for the Senate to...

Science

Pigeons consider safety, food availability in picking where to perch

Pigeons consider safety and food availability in picking where to perch, according to Keio University professor emeritus of animal behavior, Shigeru Watanabe. The finding could help cities manage pigeon...

Half of world's seabirds ingest plastic additives :study

An international team of researchers estimates that about half of the worlds seabirds have ingested plastic additives after studying 145 seafowls of 32 species from 16 areas of the world. Plastic chemicals such as...

Study shows plant-based meat has 'excessive' salt content

A UK-based lobby group found the salt content of plant-based meat products unnecessarily high, with over 75 percent of the products surveyed failing to meet the UK governments salt reduction targets. The researchers...

S. Korean watchdog assures clothing from recycled plastic bottles is safe

The Korea Consumer Agency concluded that clothes made with recycled plastic bottles generally have no safety concerns. The watchdog based its findings on durability and safety tests of five recycled polyester garments...

S. Korean scientists develop hydrogen fuel engines strong enough to power industrial drones

The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials has developed a 5-kilowatt hydrogen fuel engine that is strong enough to power industrial lift drones with a weight of 20 to 30 kilograms. The engine supplies hydrogen fuel...

Technology

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is not coming to Xbox Game Pass anytime soon

Xbox Game Pass subscribers hoping to play Cyberpunk 2077 for the first time without paying for it will still have to wait for an indefinite period. On the bright side, CD Projekt seems to be open to the possibility that...

Honor 60 full design and specs leak a day before the official launch

The Honor 60 series is still hours away from getting launched, but its technical specifications and design details have already leaked. The company is expected to reduce the number of rear cameras to three while keeping a...

Realme GT 2 Pro is the brand’s ‘first premium flagship phone’ launching in early 2022

Like other smartphone makers that started by introducing mid-range products at lower price points, Realme is also expanding its business by introducing a premium and flagship device. The company confirmed Realme GT 2 Pro...

Oppo’s first foldable smartphone could be named ‘Find N’

More companies are expected to introduce their take on foldable smartphone technology within the next year, and Oppo is likely to be one of them. More reports emerged recently claiming to have new details about the Oppo...
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