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Yahor Azarkevich

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PhD Candidate


Website: yahor.onlineLink opens in a new window 


I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) and recipient of the Chancellor's International ScholarshipLink opens in a new window. I work under the supervision of Prof. Maria KoinovaLink opens in a new window and Prof. Gabrielle LynchLink opens in a new window on the research of post-Soviet opposition and authoritarian sustainability.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Politics and Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow in 2018, followed by International Master in Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMCEERES), jointly awarded in 2020 by the University of Glasgow, University of Tartu, and Jagiellonian University.

Before joining PAIS, I worked for the European External Action Service (EEAS) as well as wrote for various media outlets and think tanks, mostly about politics of Eastern Europe.


Focusing on the post-Soviet opposition in my PhD thesis, I am more broadly interested in studying East European politics, authoritarianism, and democratisation around the globe.


  • Chancellor’s International Scholarship (2022-2026) - University of Warwick
  • European Commission’s EACEA Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Scholarship (2018-2020) - University of Glasgow

Conference Papers

  • Strongman at Home is Strongman Abroad? Investigating Operational Codes of Aliaksandr Lukashenka and Donald Trump - 6th Annual Conference: Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century, 18-19th Feb 2021, University College London (UCL) 
  • Belarusian Political Elites: Between Soviet Legacy and Patronage - 5th Annual Conference: Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century, 21-22nd Feb 2020, University College London (UCL)

Selected Publications