In memory of Boris Nemtsov




Stephen Nix, Eurasia Director at International Republican Institute (IRI), who during the years have worked with Boris Nemtsov in support of a democratic Russia, writes a personal text about the Russian opposition leader.
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Continued protests in Venezuela




The economic problems are so long gone in Venezuela that debts have become a real threat to the country. The value of the currency decreases rapidly and inflation is going up. Foreign imports have ceased, resulting in empty shelves in stores around the country. Read more

JHS follows the developments in Ukraine




Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation has for many years been active in support of democracy and rule of law in Ukraine. On our site, we publish regular updates on the situation in the country.
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News

In this Bertelsmann Foundation publication, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Anders Åslund argues that Western sanctions are having a significant impact on Russia’s economy.

Read the report here.

Kosovo

On June 12-14, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged a conference in Prevall, near Prizren in Kosovo for young political activists, focusing on how to combat corruption and how to promote economic growth. The conference was arranged in co-operation with Youth of Democratic League of Kosovo (FRLDK) which is the youth organisation of Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and co-operation partner of the Foundation. (more…)

Legislative elections will be held in Venezuela later this year, on December 6. The coalition of democrat opposition parties has grown stronger in recent opinion polls. After the announcement, the jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez decided to end his hunger strike, after 30 days. In a letter read by his wife Lilian Tintori, he wrote that “Hunger strikes are a method of resistance. We lift the strike but the fight continues.”

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The BPF Party supported nomination of Tatsiana Karatkevich, who is a “Tell the Truth” campaign activist and Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) member, as candidate for president in the 2015 presidential elections. She would like to run as candidate for president not from a single organization, but from the whole “People’s Referendum” coalition.
Next presidential elections must take place no later than on November 20, 2015.

Read more about the nomination in the article posted on the BPF’s website.

Moldova is the country among the former Soviet republics that has the most positive view of EU. Recently, a number of Moldovan youth, had the chance to take part in an essay competition on European integration, organized by Transparency International. The aim of the competition was to spread knowledge about EU among young people. At the moment, widespread corruption is the biggest threat to successful EU integration for Moldova, according to Pirkka Tapiola, Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova, who visited the contest.

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Anders Åslund writes about the war in Donbas and the costs it imposes on Ukraine. The economic and humanitarian situation in the Donbas is terrible. Ukraine cannot afford to pay large amounts of public expenses to a territory that it does not control and where it cannot collect taxes. Rebels have looted banks and ATM machines, Ukrainian citizens have to collect their pensions on territory controlled by the Ukrainian government.

Here’s Why Moscow Doesn’t Want the Donbas But Continues to Meddle There Anyway

BY ANDERS ÅSLUND

Leonid Gozman vid manifestation i Moskva

Leonid Gozman at a manifestation May 6, 2015

In an article published by Echo of Moscow on May 8, Leonid Gozman describes his impressions on the developments in Russian society. Read an English translation of the article here below. (more…)

Khatuna Gogorishvili at conference with UNM Women.

Khatuna Gogorishvili at conference with UNM Women.

On 26-27 February, female politicians from the Georgian opposition party, United National Movement (UNM) met in order to discuss how women could gain more influence in politics. The conference took place in the small village of Kachreti in eastern Georgia, and the women participating were from all over Georgia. At the moment there is no female Mayor in the country and women in rural areas have it most difficult to pursue a political career. However, all women said they were fighting against old structures and attitudes.  (more…)

Women's Round-Table 2015

Margaretha af Ugglas promoting the European order of stability and peace

February 25-27, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted its fifth Regional Women’s Round-Table Conference with representatives from the Foundation’s co-operation organisations in the Balkans. The conference was held in Stockholm and the purpose was to discuss Balkan’s integration to the European Union. (more…)

On February 13-15, 2015, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged two conferences with the Moldovan government party, Partidul Liberal Democrat Din Moldova (PLDM) in the capital of Moldova, Chisinau. Target groups were women and youth from the party, and the theme of the conferences was campaign and communication.

If things go as planned, there will be local elections in Moldova in June, but at the moment a political crisis has struck the country. Neither a Prime Minister, nor a government has been appointed. In November 2014, there was parliamentary election in the country and the time to form a government is running out. In the beginning of March there has to be a new Prime Minister who could select a government, otherwise there will be re-election.

Participants of the women's conference.

Participants of the women’s conference.

The majority of the votes in the 2014 election went to the pro-European parties, PLDM, and the Democratic Party (PDM), who were in the previous coalition, but together they do not have enough seats in Parliament to form a majority government. In order to get their political reforms through, they depend on the Communist Party. Pro-Russian Socialist Party, which unlike the Communist Party, does not want to move closer to the EU, will then be the largest opposition party. (more…)