✅ Poroshenko and Tillerson Meet At Davos
On January 26, Ukrainian President Poroshenko met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Meanwhile, in Dubai, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker was meeting with Russian Presidential Assistant Vladislav Surkov to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine. What did the two meetings cover? Do we know what they yielded? Hromadske talks with Oleksandr Sushko, who was at Davos.
Executive Director of the International Renaissance Foundation
✅ How Did Milos Zeman Win Czechia’s Election?
Incumbent Czech President Milos Zeman has just won a second term in the second round of Czechia’s presidential race. A polarizing Euroskeptic who opposes immigration and admires Russian President Vladimir Putin, Zeman’s victory is a win for populism in Eastern Europe. Hromadske speaks with Czech journalist Veronika Pehe about how Zeman emerged victorious.
✅ The Death of Stalin and Russia’s Culture Wars
This week, the Russian Culture Ministry blocked the release of “The Death of Stalin” in Russian theaters. The new comedy by Scottish director Armando Iannucci satirizes the power struggle that ensued after the death of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in 1953. But the Russian authorities have found the movie offensive and possibly even “extremist” — to the point that they sent police to stop a showing. Moscow-based journalist Matthew Bodner was at the theater when the police came and spoke with Hromadske about the controversy.
Journalist in Moscow
✅ Ukraine, Poland and Remembering History
Over hundreds of years, countries like Ukraine and Poland have shared a history of disputes and bloody conflicts. Those divisions and the ways they are remembered can become points of division up to the present day. Hromadske speaks with Andriy Portnov, a Ukrainian historian specializing in intellectual history, historiography, and genocide in Eastern Europe to discuss the important issue of historical memory in the region.