Can IT change Odessa?

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Last month Odessa Regional (Oblast) Council elected a friend of this blog, Alexie Goncharenko as head of the regional parliament. That is not to say that being friends automatically means agreement with politics or policy.  As adults we should all be capable of separating people and personalities from their positions and politics – though when […]

Odessa City Hall getting far murkier again? Organised Crime


For those who find local matters in Odessa boring stop reading – unless you have an interest in organsied crime, the Odessa mafia and all that – in which case you may want to continue reading. For better or for worse, the Odessa Mafia has something of a particularly infamous reputation – even in Moscow […]

Beyond the limits of plausible election manipulation? Odessa


A short entry today after two entries yesterday – how exciting! This entry relates – once again – to the elections for the office of Odessa Mayor that had already been criticised by democracy NGOs.  Most readers will not find particularly interesting unless shenanigans draw your attention. In a somewhat Dickensian tweet yesterday evening, I tweeted […]

A (braided) witch hunt in Odessa or are the hounds on the right scent?

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This entry will leave to one side questions about the individuals physically involved in the tragic events of 2nd May in Odessa.  Questions of where firearms came from or why there are so few in custody – or perhaps rather why there are so many still wandering about the city.  Those questions are for another […]

Collusion or ineptitude? Take your pick – Odessa


Yesterday I wrote “Questions will no doubt be raised over the actions and inactions of the city administration and institutions. Some of it will be fair and some undeserved.” Today’s entry is late.  I went to lay flowers at the scenes where people died both in the city centre and at Union House.  That people […]

Meanwhile, in Odessa


Another break from matters of national importance to quickly look at an interesting little occurrence in Odessa and the mayoral elections here that take place on 25th May. It is now quite clear that it is a two horse race between Eduard Gurvitz and Gennady Truhanov – despite other candidates of course. So we now […]

In the crosshairs – Odessa


There has been much speculation, rumour and conjecture within the media and amongst academic/think tank circles as to the extent of the Kremlin appetite with regard to Ukraine – naturally.  What is happening now on the continent of Europe has become very much a rarity thankfully – and yet not extinct unfortunately. That speculation has […]

Odessa Mayor elections – very strange!

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Yes dear readers I know there are matters of urgent national importance unraveling on a minute by minute basis in Ukraine at the moment – but – today is one of those few Odessa-centric entries.  A return to matters national tomorrow. You may remember early this month I wrote an entry about the strength – or […]

Assessing the strength of Party Regions – Odessa


Today’s entry is late – and deliberately so.  I have been awaiting the results of an attempted political coup to remove the Party Regions Secretary of the Odessa City Council, Oleg Bryndaka. In fact, late into the evening yesterday I was with interested parties and on-lookers alike discussing the possibilities of this political move coming […]

“Prime Minister” of Crimea appeals to Odessa to secede Ukraine


Well here is an interesting appeal. The Prime Minister (perhaps) of Crimea, making an appeal to the people of Odessa to overthrow the politicians, demand a referendum and secede from Ukraine. I’m not quite sure how much traction he thinks his appeal is going to get, but I suspect he is going to be […]

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