A best guess or pie in the sky? Ukrainian budget 2013

budget

Although I studied economics as part of a degree in Business Management and Finance many moons ago, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it was not exactly the most interesting of subjects, and one in which I had to motivate myself to maintain a respectable overall end grade. The fact it […]

Still waiting…….

clock tick tock

No, no, no. Whilst we are still waiting for an eventual final election count for all constituency seats and then a decision by the opposition whether to accept the elections results or not some 8 days after polling day, that is not what I am referring to – though it would make a cynical tweet […]

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

ignorance

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 […]

Renditions, Spooks and Rhetoric – Another incident in Ukraine

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Oh dear.  The international community are claiming to be in shock that Leonid Razovozzhayev managed to get spirited away from Ukraine where he was attempting to claim asylum, and reappeared in Russia some days later telling a quite harrowing tale of abduction, torture and false confessions. There seems no point in going into too much […]

Recognising Transdnestr – A way to defrost a frozen conflict?

transdentr

Frozen conflicts have traditionally been very difficult to thaw – despite the best efforts of mediators and negotiators. The Transdnestr region of Moldova, a 60 minute drive from where I live, and a place I have traveled through many times, is no exception.  After 20 years the conflict with Moldova remains as frozen now as […]

After the elections – Is what happens to Ukraine that important to its neighbours?

geopolitics

Naturally there is a lot of interest in the forthcoming elections in Ukraine – particularly so by its immediate neighbours.  To be frank, there always has been since independence was dumped in the lap of Ukraine. In fact the degree of meddling, both overtly, covertly, cleverly, clumsily, diplomatically and politically, either through direct channels or […]

Currency wars over Ukraine?

ruble yuan

Well, I was hoping to write something truly interesting from the meeting between the CIS Prime Ministers that has been held over the past few days in Yalta. Unfortunately, not much worthy of real comment has been said or done – unless you want to include the nearing ascension of Kazakhstan and then Kyrgyzstan as […]

Russian Defence Ministry formally complains to Ukraine of UESU debt

russian def min

Well it was bound to happen eventually and really there is no surprise it is happening now. Ms Tymoshenko’s activities and those of her former company, United Energy Systems of Ukraine, will now come under further scrutiny as the Russian Defence Ministry has now lodged a formal complaint with Kyiv over an outstanding debt which […]

The Diplomatic Games – Moscow 4-8 October

chess

Well, we’ve had the Eurovision, Euro 2012 football tournament, Olympics 2012, and the Paralympics 2012 begins in effect today.  That is to name just a few major sporting events in 2012. A veritable sports-fest for those inclined to either participate or go along as a spectator. But, my dear readers, with the conclusion of the […]

Extradition, Ukraine and the “Putin 3 Plotters”

After this……. this doesn’t make much sense does it?  Unless he didn’t make appeals to the ECfHR or seek asylum. That’s all!

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