All over to Avakov and the MIA? – Law & (dis)Order, Odessa


In an interesting day for Odessa relating to law and order – and its enforcement – two developments of note have occurred. The first development is the removal of the security structures in place in Odessa since 6th May 2014 by order of President Poroshenko. From 6th May 2014 until yesterday, the local militsia/police were […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A move to visible counter-terrorist policing – Odessa


Over the past week several entries relating to counter-terrorism have appear here.  One somewhat academic (but hopefully interesting), another somewhat more pragmatic.  Needless to say there are other older entries stretching back many, many months to when it became clear that it was inevitable matters would slide into ad hoc terrorist activity across Ukraine, far beyond the […]

Waiting for a change in targeting – Ukraine


Following on from the entry yesterday relating to a Ukrainian slide into “The Troubles”, it is probably necessary to note two further explosions today.  The first in Odessa just after 0430 this morning, resulting in property damage and the death of the bomber, and a second in Kherson at about 1100 this morning, again resulting […]

An update on Odessa Regional Administration

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On 11th November an entry was published relating to the change of Chairman of the Odessa Regional Administration following the resignation of Alexie Goncharenko who took up a seat in the RADA, and the subsequent vote and hidden shenanigans behind it. “The voting required one candidate to gain 67 votes to be appointed as Chairman – […]

Mind the energy gap – Odessa blackouts

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In creating a priority “to do” list for the Ukrainian political class, its current leadership and legislative chamber, what would be amongst the items topping the list when there is so much to do? Of course the answer to that depends upon how broad in scope any cleverly worded items on the list can be […]

Questionable timing of a little bit of privatisation – Back to Odessa Port Side (& others)


A couple of months ago, this entry appeared relating to the possible privatisation of Odessa Port Side, alleged and disputed debts to Dmitry Firtash’s RGK Trading of $1.39 billion, and the fact that gas was now being supplied by German energy company E.on.  It went on to question the ability to privatise Odessa Port Side with […]