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URI Political Science Professor Nicolai Petro observing political unrest in Ukraine

Media Contact: Elizabeth Rau, 401-874-2116

Nicolai N. Petro, professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island, is living in Ukraine and available for telephone interviews to talk about the country’s growing political unrest.

An expert in Russian history and culture, Petro is in Ukraine for a year on a Fulbright grant to study the role of the Russian Orthodox Church. His op-ed about the protest was published in
The New York Times Dec. 3..

“Both Russia and Ukraine consider themselves European nations, part of Western civilization, and in both countries pluralities favor membership in the European Union,’’ Petro wrote in his op-ed. “So how did the European Union manage to turn such a favorable situation against itself?’’

Also, Petro was featured in an interview on Skype with Russian TV:

And he was interviewed by
Voice of Russia:

Petro can be reached at 011-380508302381. His Skype address is nicolaipetro. Please keep in mind that there is a 7-hour plus time difference in Ukraine.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Rau in the URI Communications Department at