Schisms within Oppo Block (again) – VR election positioning begins

It is oft remarked upon as to why so many “also rans” take part in the presidential elections. Why do so many candidates spend so much time and money running for an office that 99% will never attain as they simply do not have the support necessary to win and never will? It cannot be […]

RIP Kateryna Handziuk

The blog is not noted for its obituaries, nor for its eulogies. 2018 has seen the loss of far too many brave Ukrainian souls in the east, and witnessed the passing of numerous cultural and intellectual giants. Few if any such worthy individuals have had words specifically written about them here, nor about the manner […]

Let the regional SBU leadership changes begin?

Changes to the parameters surrounding the scope of the SBU have long been advocated by the blog.  There is no need for the SBU to be so actively involved in what otherwise would be classed as normal policing.  Unless directly related to national security, there is no need for SBU involvement in financial crime other […]

“Persistent hierarchical association” – A euphemism for “organised crime”

Currently underway in Odessa is criminal case 420170000000001712 relating to over UAH 4 billion in tax avoidance and money laundering – with money laundering being given the euphemism of “legalising funds obtained by criminal means”. Roughly translated it states charge reads “Unidentified persons created a persistent hierarchical association of several persons (5 or more) whose […]

A new home for the SVR (or a barracks for an SVR Cyber Troop)?

Almost a year ago an entry was published pondering the much rumoured creation of a “Cyber Troop” within the SVR (Foreign Intelligence Service) of Ukraine. As the outward operating SVR, perhaps somewhat gratefully, gets little media spotlight compared to the inward focused SBU, when there is occasion to mention it, then the opportunity is usually […]

The resurrection of the late and lamented Dmitry Malinovsky

The late and lamented Dmitry Malinovsky has been resurrected – or more accurately found living in a castle he had bought in Dijon, France – together with a classic Rolls Royce and a few Salvador Dali paintings. He was promptly arrested during a joint Europol, Franco-Ukrainian investigation.  Ukraine has already requested his extradition. Mr Malinovsky […]

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 […]