Anti-Corruption laws – Ukraine (It’s not the laws but ineffective implementation)

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One of the (United-ish) opposition platforms for their next term in opposition has been stated as creating more anti-corruption laws as outlined here. As I wrote only a few days ago, Ukraine does not need more anti-corruption laws.  It has plenty. In fact, not only does Ukraine have plenty of anti-corruption laws, the laws it has […]

Kolomoisky elected president of United Jewish Community of Ukraine

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A very brief post today as my itinerary prevents having time to write anything lengthy. Coinciding with the first ever occurrence of the far-right, openly anti- Russia, anti-EU, pro NATO and anti-Semitic Svoboda party winning seats in the RADA, the Jews of Ukraine have voted Ihor Kolomoisky as President of the United Jewish Community of […]

Answering some readers question from the “So now what?” post – Elections and ECfHR

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If I needed proof that people (bless you all) actually read what I write occasionally , aside from the website statistics and comments made, questions sent by readers is indeed such proof. Relating to this post written a few days ago, I have been sent several questions, and most aimed at these two paragraphs: “The […]

Внимание “Зеленые” НПО Украины

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Если когда-либо руководство были идиотами  для окружающей среды и обращения с отходами НПО и для гражданского общества в Украине это тут. Вся миссия и стратегия, точки для сторонников и методологии, изложенные в простых терминах.

OSCE statement on the Ukrainian elections – and what now?

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Of all the election reports and statements made by the numerous monitoring groups, as I have written before, the statements and reports of ODIHR/OSCE are those that count, historically at least, in the forming of the EU mindset towards recognition – or not. Here is the “morning after” statement. Nothing surprising in there to be […]

Pre-judging the Ukrainian elections – The Tymoshenko lens

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It is no secret to those who read this blog that I have on several occasions during this parliamentary election period, been asked to speak with LTOs (long term observers) from several international monitoring organisations with people in Odessa. Whilst large sections of recent blog posts cover much of what has been said, lack of […]

Freedom House partners new Ukrainian anti-corruption blog

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Bloggers against Corruption –  That seems fairly straight to the point as far as website titles go. It is the latest civil society platform for bloggers to bring to the attention of others, corruption great and small – be it local, regional or national in Ukraine. The platform has been created by the Institute of […]

6th EU Human Trafficking Conference

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Today is something of a rushed post.  Yesterday was my birthday, a day when I spent much time being kissed by many people I would prefer not to be kissed by, and a day when I was not kissed by many people I would happily be kissed by.  Hmmm! Anyway, as you can imagine, there […]

Domestic violence – Council of Europe and Ukraine

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The world is full of good causes and those in need of assistance – regardless of whether a nation is developed, developing, or indeed not much more than a failed state. For me it has always been a bit of a dilemma what to support and what I won’t.  When I ran my companies in […]

Migration, Immigration, Asylum, trafficking, readmissions and all those frameworks to deal with unwanted movement of people in and through Ukraine

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This post has the potential to be something of a mish-mash.  In fact it could appear to be bolted together with the crudeness of a 1970’s Lada compared to a smooth finish of a modern day Bentley. That is the way of things sometimes. As it happens, it ties together a number of random occurrences […]