Ukrainians go to the polls on Sunday, October 26 to elect a new national parliament. Following the May 2014 presidential election, which was organized to replace deposed President Viktor Yanukovych, the parliamentary vote marks another milestone in the "Euromaidan" uprising against corruption and in support of European integration. Brian Whitmore, author of RFE/RL's "Power Vertical" blog, will moderate a panel of experts who will look at how the vote will impact the many security, economic and political challenges Ukraine continues to face.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Washington - 11:00 AM / Prague - 5:00 PM / Kyiv - 6:00 PM
Taras Kuzio is a leading international expert on contemporary Ukrainian and post-communist politics, nationalism and European integration, who serves as a research associate at the University of Alberta and non-resident fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. His most recent article, "Ukraine’s new parliament will be more pro-European but will it be more reformist?" was just published in the "Financial Times" "beyondbrics" blog.
Natalya Sedletska is the host of "Schemes: Corruption in Detail," a television program jointly produced by RFE/RL and the satellite channel "First Ukraine." Sedletska, a former Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellow with RFE/RL who previously worked as an investigative TV journalist based in Kyiv, was one of the journalists who created the award-winning YanukovychLeaks website that recovered and published hundreds of documents from the former Ukrainian president's residence at Mezhihirya.
Iryna Shvets is a board member of the Civil Network OPORA, a watchdog group that has carried out election monitoring campaigns for three national and eight local elections in Ukraine since 2007. Shvets, a longtime activist with OPORA's Lviv office, has helped plan, conduct, and promote observation campaigns at the regional and national levels.
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