The Sunday Show: Religion in Ukraine, Paul Manafort, Poroshenko’s Fake News, Uzbekistan
4 February, 2018


✅ Canadian Ambassador on Military Aid and Reforms

Canada has been one of Ukraine’s strongest supporters in the West. The country has a massive Ukrainian and influential Ukrainian diaspora. Hromadske sat down with Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk to get his views on a potential UN peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine, selling arms to Kyiv, and the Ukrainian government’s progress on reforms.

Roman Waschuk,

Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine

✅ Did The Ukrainian Presidential Administration Use Fake News to Deflect Criticism?

Last month, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank sent letters to the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, criticizing President Petro Poroshenko’s draft law on the creation of the anti-corruption court for not meeting the two organization’s conditions. This past week, European Pravda, a division of the Ukrainska Pravda newspaper, reported that the Presidential Administration had been spreading false information that Poroshenko convinced the international organizations to decrease their demands on Ukraine. It even reportedly spread rumors that the World Bank fired its regional director for sending the letter. Hromadske speaks with European Pravda editor Serhiy Sidorenko to find out more.

Serhiy Sydorenko,

Editor, European Pravda

✅ Deep Dive Into Paul Manafort’s Corruption

Journalist Franklin Foer is likely the world expert on Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for Donald Trump and long-time consultant to ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort is alleged to have laundered more than $75 million from Ukraine through offshore accounts. Foer has just published a long, in-depth investigation into Manafort. Now he joins Hromadske by Skype to discuss his findings.

Franklin Foer,

Journalist at The Atlantic

✅ Religion in Ukraine: A Diversity of Faiths

Recently, a scandal erupted in Ukraine after a priest in the city of Zaporizhzhya refused to carry out a funeral ceremony for a two-year-old child who had been tragically killed. The problem? The priest was from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and the boy had been baptized in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate. The incident has created the impression that Ukraine is divided along theological grounds. However, Ukrainian reality is more complicated. Multiple faiths and sects coexist in the country. At the same time, conflicts can erupt. Hromadske examines the issue of religion in Ukriane.

Andriy Yurash,

Director of the Department for Religious Affairs and Nationalities of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine

✅ Poland Plans to Ban Ukrainian “Bandera Ideology”

This week, the Polish Senate passed a controversial law which punishes those who blame Poles for Nazi war crimes. It also prohibits the “Bandera ideology” associated with Ukrainian nationalists, who were responsible for the 1943-1944 Volyn massacre of Poles. Hromadske spoke with Wojciech Przybylski, the editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight, to learn more about the new law.

Wojciech Przybylski

Editor-in-chief, Visegrad Insight

✅ Disassembling the Security State in Uzbekistan?

This week Uzbekistan sacked Rustam Inoyatov, the much feared chief of the country’s security services. For 23 years, Inoyatov was a rarely seen, but exceedingly powerful force who helped turn the country into a police state where dissent was not tolerated and torture was routine. However, after President Islam Karimov’s death in September 2016, Shavkat Mirziyoyev became president and began to implement a series of reforms aimed at opening up the country’s economy. Inoyatov was long regarded as key obstacle to those reforms. Hromadske finds out what his removal means for Uzbekistan.

Navbahor Imamova,

Editor, Voice of America Uzbek Service