General Poltorak quits the military to remain Defence Minister

As highlighted long ago, General Stepan Poltorak, the current Minister of Defence since the adoption of Law 8068 “On National Security” was faced with the decision to remain in the military and vacate his position of Defence Minister by 1st January 2019, or to leave the military in order to retain his position as Defence […]

A play within a play (or diplomatic gamesmanship) NATO-Ukraine & the SBU

It’s been a while since there was a public exhibition of diplomatic gamesmanship between the current Ukrainian leadership and the more solid of Ukraine’s external supporters. Another play within a play – such as those within The Bard’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, or Hamlet, or Love’s Labours Lost. The current issue of contention is the rehashing […]

Deactivating activists – Odessa

When the blog first began a decade or so ago, it fairly regularly decried and lamented the dysfunctional and often distinctly uncivil society that was Ukrainian civil society.  While that still remains here and there, The Rubicon was crossed with the “Revolution of Dignity/EuroMaidan” when blood was spilled. The wise and sage among civil society […]

Citizenship – Passports to the EU and beyond

After some consideration, the blog has decided to comment upon the sensitive issue of citizenship – for there are tens of thousands of Ukrainian citizens with dual (and often more) citizenship despite what the Constitution of Ukraine may state. “Article 4.  There is unique citizenship in Ukraine.  The grounds for acquisition and stopping of citizenship […]

The inevitable Tomos

Autocephaly and Tomos of the Ukrainian Orthodox Kyiv Patriarchate, which first appeared to be becoming a reality in April 2018, will assuredly occur before the year end. A matter worthy of note for a blog that (willingly or otherwise) continues to be pulled toward matters of organised crime and national security (occasionally not withstanding “defence” […]

Activist shot in Odessa and claims Odessa City Hall responsible – Tzar or Boyars?

Odessa Mayor Gennady Trukhanov has just gone on holiday for 2 weeks. No sooner had he done so, the following day Odessa activist and political agitator and public figure (People Power party) Oleg Mikhailik was shot the following day. Despite being shot with military rather than traumatic ammunition, fortunately the bullet having past through his […]

State Bureau of Investigations – A false start awaits

It has been quite some time since the truly glacial progression of the State Bureau of Investigation has earned a mention by the blog. Its glacial formation is no surprise – for it is political expediency driving its delivery, hence the sporadic and ad hoc updates thus far. Suffice to say, as long, long predicted, […]

The next big scandal of Odessa City Hall waiting to happen?

Such is the scale and breadth of corruption within Odessa City Hall under Mayor Gennady Trukhanov, it takes circumstances quite special for the next major scam and criminal activity to stand out as either brazen or of significance by way of future implications. When such particular circumstances form, the blog usually tries to identify them […]

The faithful voter – Ukraine

Back in April 2018 an entry appeared relating to the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Kyiv Patriarchy. That entry concluded “That said, it is not often a president puts aside 7 hours for a meeting, the political rhetoric and momentum prima facie appears to be slightly different to the norm associated with presidential rhetoric, so perhaps, just […]


Anatoli Gritsenko is a perennial presidential candidate and leader of the Civil Position party. He is a man trading on a political past of long ago in relation to his last holding office – far enough back in history for his face to remain familiar but his acts and deeds (be they good, bad, or […]