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‘Ukraine’s Presidential Election: Forging the Future amidst Turmoil’


Henry Jackson Society


Orysia Lutsevych

Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

Andy Hunder

Director, Ukrainian Institute in London

Dr. Andrew Foxall

Director, Russia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society

TIME: 12 – 1pm, Wednesday 14th May 2014

VENUE: Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London SW1A 2LW

To attend please RSVP to: rscassistant@henryjacksonsociety.org

The Ukraine crisis continues. Since the Kremlin moved to absorb Crimea into the Russian Federation in March, Moscow has being fomenting separatist sentiments in eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russia protestors have stormed and occupied governmental buildings, abducted journalists, and held OSCE observers hostage. With its troops amassed on Ukraine’s eastern border, the Kremlin has consistently blamed Kiev for this instability.

The Ukraine crisis reaches its next stage on 25 May, when presidential elections are set to take place. The elections, in which 21 candidates are registered, will be the first since 2010, when Viktor Yanukovych was brought to power. Recent polls suggest that that the billionaire Petro Poroshenko currently leads the field, with former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in second place. There is doubt, however, whether the election will include the south and east of Ukraine, where the interim government in Kiev only recently began to wrestle control back from pro-Russian separatists.

By kind invitation of Jonathan Djanogly MP, The Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Orysia Lutsevych, Research Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House; Andy Hunder, Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London; and Dr. Andrew Foxall, Director of the Russia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society. The speakers will be debating Ukraine’s future after the 25 May presidential elections. If Ukraine votes for Mr. Poroshenko, what does this mean for the country? And how does this differ from Ms. Tymoshenko? Whoever wins, what does Ukraine need to do to reconcile its relations with Russia and the West?



Orysia Lutsevych is a Research Fellow at the Russia and Eurasia Programme in Chatham House. Her areas of expertise are Ukrainian foreign and domestic policy, civil society development in Ukraine and Georgia, and EU Eastern Partnership policy. Previously, she was the Head of Development at the Europe House in Georgia and Executive Director of the Open Ukraine Foundation. Orysia is currently directing a research project on Russia’s influence on Ukrainian, Armenian and Moldovan civil society.

Andy Hunder is the Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London. He is a native Londoner, who over the past nearly two decades has become a recognised leading expert in Public Affairs, Communications and Government Relations in Ukraine.

In 1997 Andy was a TV presenter on the leading Ukrainian television channel Inter. For seven years he headed the Public Relations department at Ukrainian Mobile Communications (now MTS Ukraine) and in 2004 was appointed External Affairs and Communications Director at GlaxoSmithKline with responsibility for Ukraine, Central Asia and the Caucasus. He later launched a Corporate Communications and Public Affairs practice in Kyiv.  Mr. Hunder advises multinational corporates on government relations and business development in Ukraine.

Andy studied Philosophy and Theology in Rome, Italy, and speaks fluent Ukrainian, English, Russian, and Italian. He lives in West London with his wife and their two sons.

Dr. Andrew Foxall is Director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society. He is responsible for overseeing research and advocacy relating to the study of contemporary politics and the promotion of human rights and political liberty in the Russian Federation.

Andrew is the author of a forthcoming book, Ethnic Relations in Post-Soviet Russia: Russians and Non-Russians in the North Caucasus (Routledge; London and New York) and numerous academic articles. He has spoken in the British Parliament and given briefings to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on the situation in the North Caucasus. He is a frequent contributor to publications including TIME, The National InterestThe AtlanticThe Moscow Times, International Business Times and World Affairs, and has been interviewed by media outlets including the BBCCNBC, France 24, Sky News and Voice of America.

Andrew holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Plymouth, an MSc from the University of Birmingham, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.

About the Russia Studies Centre

The Russia Studies Centre is a research and advocacy unit operating within The Henry Jackson Society dedicated to analysing contemporary political developments and promoting human rights and political liberty in the Russian Federation. The Centre is headed by Dr Andrew Foxall.