A million dollars for Manafort. Americans replace Russian spin doctors in Ukraine
One of the features of the current election campaign in Ukraine noted by experts is the lack of Russian spin doctors in the electoral field. Americans have closed off access to the "bodies" of the three key players in the parliamentary elections...
Ukrainian highlanders: Hutsuls, Boikos, and Lemkos
Distinguished by their unique dialects and folklore traditions, the Ukrainian highlanders in the eastern Carpathian Mountains are divided into several ethnographic groups: the Lemkos, the Boikos, and the Hutsuls...
A new broom or an old rake? Vadym Karasyov: our foreign policy is a key factor in the schism
Foreign policy and the east-west divide is the biggest stumbling stone for Ukraine, noting PM Viktor Yanukovych leans strongly towards the east in his policies. It might be best for Ukraine "to drift" a few years...
Ukraine decree 31 is destructive to the development of energy resources - Rob Bensh, President of Cardinal Resources
It harms Cardinal and will also prevent other western companies who would like to operate in the sector from working with Ukrainian State oil and gas companies as they can not sell joint production.
Advertising: too many, but still too little…
In the USA, the government usually orders social advertising. The Government finances it as well. What does prevent Ukraine from adopting the same practice? The lack of financing? Or, may be, indifference?
Preparations for a new government
With the Sept. 30 parliamentary election now all but certain in Ukraine, the focus has shifted to developing campaign partners and identifying potential government coalitions following the poll. Early political jockeying suggests a positive movement...
Ukraine - Macroeconomic Situation - June 2007
Despite the current political crisis, Ukraine`s macroeconomic fundamentals have remained strong. For January-April, real GDP grew by 7.9% yoy, supported by robust growth in industry, domestic trade...
Symferopol Wall: the Artistic Hooliganism (photo-report)
-No doubt, it’s a hooliganism to some extent, - explains Polyna Sennykova, the initiator of the action, - but we were just tired of watching the wretched grey spot of the building in one of the central streets of the city...
Ukrainian children had to dance in front of French Embassy to receive visas
The dancing picket delivered results only in 3 hours. The Embassy staff asked children`s parents to take them away in order not to make the French consul nervous. All dancers got visas. Again, without comments …
Ukraine: Western laziness vs Russian clumsiness
"The policy of the West has been, `Ukraine is corrupt and undemocratic, so the only possible approach towards Kiev is pragmatism`," said Orest Laleniuk, a historian. "Materially, the West has done little to help us..."
Repeat or Revenge?
This coming Saturday, on HBO’s World Championship Boxing, the IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir Klitschko, and Lamon Brewster, the former WBO Heavyweight Champion, will face off for the second time.
Tide shifts in President`s favor in Ukraine crisis
A complete Orange takeover of parliament would have two consequences. First, the Orange camp could annul recent constitutional reforms on the division of power and adopt legislation in support of NATO membership. Second, it could lead to...
In Ukraine, as across much of the former Soviet Union, the Russian language is in retreat
Sixteen years after shrugging off Moscow`s rule, Ukraine is reclaiming a language that - like scores of other local languages across the former U.S.S.R. - the Soviet leadership once disdained as inferior to Russian.
What a Fine Mess
Who`s at fault in Ukraine`s current mess? The president, Yushchenko, the prime minister Yanukovych, the opposition leader Yulia Tymoschenko? Are they acting in their own interests, or the country`s? Or, are they just auditioning to be the next Curley, Joe and Moe?
Viacheslav Igrunov: “Ukraine’s accession to NATO will be the severest political blow for Russia”
The countries of the post-Soviet space, which may end up in NATO, are Russia’s main enemies within NATO. This refers to Poland and the Czech Republic, and partly to...
A Screen Saviour
During Ukraine`s Orange Revolution, student activists I spoke to told me that a favourite technique for springing their protesting friends from police cells was to post the phone number of the police station on the internet. Sympathisers would then call, jamming the switchboard.
Ukraine - economic situation - March 2007
On April 2, the President issued a decree dissolving the Parliament and calling for early elections. Despite short term disruptions, over the medium term the country is not expected to change its basic economic direction towards a free market economy.
Ukraine`s politicians settle in for the long haul
Yushchenko suggested that he is willing to talk about the possibility of pushing the new election back, in order to provide better preparation time. However, in order to move the elections back, Yushchenko would have to either rescind or reissue his decree.
Ten steps towards one another
Despite the MPs’ well-creased suits, their crowding in the corridors of courts and the Central Election Commission, despite the pre-paid marches, most Ukrainians tend to perceive the current political crisis as a storm in the officials’ teacup.
Exhibition of Ukrainian Easter eggs – pysanky – opened in Kyiv (photo)
“Once every boy had a basket, in which girls put their heart pysanka eggs on the Easter. It meant that a girl fell in love with the boy. It happened sometimes that one received many heart pysanka eggs, and one got none”, tells folk art master.