Houses of Parliament Whither Ukraine? Reflections on the current crisis

The Centre for Opposition Studies is pleased to invite you to an event:

‘Whither Ukraine?’

Reflections on the current crisis



Ukrainian Institute in London

Introduced and chaired by


Lord Risby

 Chairman, British Ukrainian Society

To be held on

 12th March 2014 at 6.00pm


In Committee Room 2A, Houses of Parliament

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As one of Europe’s biggest countries, Ukraine remains of great geopolitical importance. Located on the border with the EU as a buffer zone with Russia’s frontier, the former Soviet state is also a major transit route for natural gas imports in to the EU. Heavily dependent on Russian gas, major US and European corporations have begun tapping in to the country’s potentially vast shale gas resources.


The nation has faced huge challenges over the years: complaints of corruption remains a problem, and even before the most recent violence and bloodshed on the streets concerns had been raised about democracy and freedom of speech. The Opposition remains divided, with the outcome of the current crisis very uncertain indeed.


What is the outlook for Ukraine and why is its future important for the US, Russia and the UK?


Andy Hunder is a recognised leading specialist on current affairs in Ukraine and heads the Ukrainian Institute in London.  A native Londoner, Andy lived in post-Soviet Ukraine for 12 years, where he was a TV presenter on a leading television channel and for over a decade held top management positions at Ukrainian Mobile Communications (now MTS) and GlaxoSmithKline. In London he consults law firms and multinational corporations investing in Ukraine on government relations, public affairs and corporate communications.


Mr. Hunder is a regular commentator on Ukrainian issues, appearing in international media including the BBC, Sky News, ITV and London Evening Standard. Andy regularly liaises with key stakeholders and influencers in Ukraine and across the globe, through a unique network of top business, government, politics and media leaders.  He studied Philosophy and Theology at Pontifical universities in Rome, Italy, and speaks fluent Ukrainian, English, Russian, and Italian. Mr. Hunder lives in west London with his wife and their two sons.

He can be reached on ahunder@ukrainianinstitute.org.uk


Lord Risby of Haverhill is a Life Peer in the House of Lords. He was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds from 1992-1997 and from 1997 – 2010 was the Member of Parliament for West Suffolk.  Since 2012 he has been the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Algeria, and in 2011 he was elected as the Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for East Asian Business.  Since 2007 he has been the Chairman of the British Ukrainian Society.


If you would like to attend we would be grateful if you would RSVP to secretariat@britishukrainiansociety.org

Please allow sufficient time to get through security at the Palace of Westminster.