The Odessa 1-Stop (Business Administration) Shop

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Inevitably, unsurprisingly, and predictably – Odessa is to be the first Oblast to produce an effective, efficient,  bribe/corruption free 1 Stop Shop for business administration – or at least that is the plan. The Minister of Justice of Ukraine Pavel Petrenko, Head of Odessa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili, Mayor of Odessa Gennady Trukhanov and […]

An Odessa – Lviv reformist umbilical chord?


A very short entry today, but one to ponder as it goes against all the current media noise relating to Andrie Sadovyi/Samopomich and Viltali Klitschko and UDAR is the issue of seemingly blossoming ties between Odessa and Lviv. They are but currently small acorns form which it remains to be seen if mighty oaks will grow. […]

Swivel-eyed cosmopolitanism – Odessa


Odessa it is often said, is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Ukraine – and it is.  It has always been a cosmopolitan city throughout Greek, Roman, Ottoman, Tsarist, Soviet and contemporary times.  That is nothing particularly unusual for major sea ports with centuries of history of course.  Continual exposure to foreigners coming, going, […]

Ruling things in, rather than out – Odessa


When Governor Saakashvili was first appointed, the immediate issues that came to mind were “He (and whatever team he appoints around him) will have several difficult battles ahead – the most obvious being with the notoriously corrupt customs at Yushni, Illichovsk and Odessa ports. By extension, that will also bring him head to head with […]

Saakashvili casting his net? Foreign educated English speakers required


Now here’s an interesting little development – though not entirely unexpected.  It is fair to say the idea has been “mulled over” for a few weeks. “We want to change the Odessa region. But without the help of active citizens is impossible.We are looking for volunteers who know the English language, with experience in the […]

The Rule of P Revisited – Odessa


Many times has the “Rule of P” been mentioned within this blog over the years. The “Rule of P” being “Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance” – a robust and sensible rule during times of peace and stability, when there is ample time to deliberate, ponder and debate best policy and effective implementation, or […]

French FDI coming to Odessa


“In the age of acorns, before the times of Ceres, a single barley-corn had been of more value to mankind than all the diamonds of the mines of India.” – Henry Brooke Well, perhaps. However, barley, and in particular malt, seems likely to take on a particular importance in Odessa. Whether or not Sasha Borovik, […]

Pulling the political wool – Saakashvili and Trukhanov?


Politics, as we all know, can be little more than smoke and mirrors, the outcome being the electorate getting lost in the labyrinth and only those directly politically responsible having any plan  of the maze.  Even colleagues are prone (or deliberately) lost too. Ethics are sacrificed at the alter of what is expediently possible – […]

To avoid conscription/mobilization, pay here – Odessa


That the Ukrainian military has been historically corrupt is an understatement. That it remains so in a time of war, is perhaps not surprising.  War has a habit of producing “external entrepreneurs” and “internal fixers”. However, that known, previously caught corrupt military personnel remain corrupt military personnel takes some explaining. In Odessa, in 2011, the […]

Opening a civil front – Odessa


With all the headlines that accompanied, and will continue to accompany, the appointment of Mikheil Saakashvili as the new Governor of Odessa Oblast, it is easy to forget about his predecessor, Igor Palitsa. Mr Palitsa was and is Igor Kolomoisky’s man that was tasked with not only insuring Odessa remained pro-Ukraine, but also with looking […]