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Inclusive or exclusive innovation (or is it invigoration) – Odessa/Ukraine

Now and again, this blog is asked to contribute to discussions, either directly or indirectly (arming others that are going into a debate/conference) with a thought or two.  Such requests occur far more regularly at a local level, but occasionally at a national level too.  After all, nobody has the monopoly on good ideas, and […]

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Kremlin goes back to the DCFTA

Yesterday, away from all the headlines, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom met with Russia’s Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev in Brussels – the issue discussed the EU-Ukraine DCFTA and The Kremlin concerns. Kremlin meddling with the DCFTA at this time was to be anticipated, as this recent post made very clear. “The Kremlin will now be swift […]

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Mens Rea – Draft legislation

Last week, a semi-serious tweet relating to a piece of truly awful and retarded legislation was made: Having pondered this draft legislation http://t.co/PCJHUT2e2A one can only conclude that #Ukraine has decided against European integration. — Nikolai Holmov (@OdessaBlogger) February 28, 2015 The draft law set out to amend the Criminal Code of Ukraine, basically making […]

International News & Commentary

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Time for a swift re-framing during the lull?

Though a ceasefire remains far from in effect in eastern Ukraine, it is fair to say there is something of a lull in the fighting.  Indeed there was an entire 24 hours where nobody died, though it is the exception and not the rule. Today heavy weaponry has started to be pulled back – certainly […]

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The UAE-Ukraine Defence Deal

Yesterday Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that the United Arab Emirates and Ukraine had reached a deal whereby the Arab State would cooperate militarily – thus theoretically paving the way for the UAE to send arms to Ukraine. President Poroshenko making sure to keep strictly to the script of defensive weaponry only stated – “I […]

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And what of China in Ukraine?

Little has been written here about China and its activities in Ukraine for some time.  That is in part due to China doing what it does in its usual quiet and unassuming way – despite the Chinese Consulate in Odessa being by far the largest and best presented of the almost 30 consulates situated in […]

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EU & FSU News & Commentary

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Surveying the “Russian World” – FSB Style

It’s not often entries appear here regarding the murky world of intelligence and counter-intelligence – and deliberately so.  One reason (amongst several) is that there are some very good blogs dealing with the art of spookery – In Moscow’s Shadows and XX Committee being but two of several. Sometimes however, things happen that catch the […]

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EU standards – or not/Стандарты ЕС – или нет

Almost one year ago, 13th April 2014 to be precise, an entry was published bemoaning the lack of information for Ukrainian manufacturers and service providers regarding EU (and by extension ISO) standards certification. “For those that are looking westward and desire greater integration, it is surely time to show just how attainable that actually is – […]

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Konstantine Malyofeev/Malyofeyev – What’s going on there then?

As has been written here before, Konstantine Malyofeev (Malyofeyev), a well known swivel-eyed nationalist and ultra-Orthodox Russian oligarch behind Marshall Capital Partners (as well as Russia’s “Safe Internet League”) is known for his financing of those of the far-right/ultra whatever fighting against Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine. He is a medium to large sized fish […]

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World War II Spotlights

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No I didn’t forget and never would I!

The Axis Highwater Mark – El Alamein (AAR Turns 21 – 30)

Proceeding with Turns 21 – 30 for The Third Reich 42 – 45 North Africa. The screenshot doesn’t do justice for the whirlwind of fighting transpiring just west of El Alamein, Egypt. A mix of British armoured and infantry brigades continuously baited Rommel’s forces to advance toward Montgomery’s massive Eighth Army. Then, using one of […]

Back to the Game – Turns 11 – 20

Continuing the play test of “Third Reich 1942 – 1945″ under The Operational Art of War, we already up to Turn 34 with no major game issues, only minor details to refine. Instead of going turn by turn, I’ll switch to covering larger blocks of turns. Finland/Karelian Front – Historically, Arctic Cicle Lend Lease Convoys […]

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Around Ukraine

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The return of a prodigal son – or cutting a grubby little deal?

Amongst the rightful headlines of the criminal slaying of Boris Nemtsov and the suicide of Mykhailo Chechetov, whilst under house-arrest in Kyiv with on-going investigations into several historically nefarious acts, a similarly nefarious prodigal son returned to Ukrainian soil with far, far less media attention – in fact almost none. Former Education Minister Dmitry Tabachnik, much […]

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Time for a swift re-framing during the lull?

Though a ceasefire remains far from in effect in eastern Ukraine, it is fair to say there is something of a lull in the fighting.  Indeed there was an entire 24 hours where nobody died, though it is the exception and not the rule. Today heavy weaponry has started to be pulled back – certainly […]

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The UAE-Ukraine Defence Deal

Yesterday Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that the United Arab Emirates and Ukraine had reached a deal whereby the Arab State would cooperate militarily – thus theoretically paving the way for the UAE to send arms to Ukraine. President Poroshenko making sure to keep strictly to the script of defensive weaponry only stated – “I […]

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Odessa – Our Home Sweet Home…

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Some US FDI – Odessa

Having not written about anything local for a while, it is perhaps time to write about something positive occurring for Ukraine, and in particular Odessa. For those who are not acquainted with Odessa, it is home to three large ports.  Odessa, Yushni and Ilyichevsk. Ilyichevsk is approximately 50 square kilometers of port-side and container terminal […]

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The Odessa “decentralised” budget

As yet it remains somewhat unclear just what exactly “decentralisation” will mean in Ukraine.  Just how much current centrally held power – and which powers (and associated responsibilities) – will be devolved to the regional administrations/local government is unclear. Likewise questions remain over fiscal decentralisation – particularly so when the 2015 budget is still open […]

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Just blame (and threaten) somebody else – Odessa City Hall

The weather in Odessa recently has been somewhat cool and blustery.  Today for example, it is -13 degrees with a chill wind.  Not, it has to be said, anything particularly unusual for this time of year in Odessa.  Only a few years ago the temperature dropped to -27 degrees and the Black Sea froze.  People […]

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NBU abolishes some currency restrictions for business

Though this will undoubtedly be hidden amongst gas news and reporting from the front lines – somewhat earlier that expected, the National Bank of Ukraine has abolished some of its temporary restrictions on foreign currency. In short, with effect from 3rd November, the following temporary restrictions are lifted previously imposed under Resolution 591. “transactions undertaken in […]

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“Ukraine was the top improver” – You don’t read that very often!

“Ukraine was the top improver in 2012/13, implementing reforms in 8 of the 10 areas measured by Doing Business.” Blimey! It’s not often you read anything that states Ukraine was the most improved at anything – and yet it is there in black and white, front and centre, on Page 9 of the World Bank/IFC “Doing Business […]

Developing a Ukrainian Silicon Valley: Will It Be Odessa or Kiev?

The technology sector is becoming increasingly important in the Ukraine, and not just in the negative sense that has previously hit the headlines. Odessa’s share of this industry has been particularly focused on the more creative side, with many of the IT companies that operate in the country choosing to locate their research and development departments […]

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