· March, 2006

Stories about Ukraine from March, 2006

Ukraine: Unexpected Losses On The Way To Parliament

  29 March 2006

Scott W. Clark of Foreign Notes reviews two political forces that didn't make it into the parliament: Pora-PRP and Volodymyr Lytvyn's Bloc: “Besides their TV advertising later was awful. (A shot showing Klitchko holding a hawk. Close-up of Klitchko and the hawk with Klitchko trying to stare it down. He...

Ukraine: Tennis at Polling Station

  27 March 2006

Petro of Petro's Jotter had a chance to see a Ukrainian polling station on Saturday, one day before the vote, at the place where his children have tennis lessons.

Ukraine: Political Puppet Auction

  27 March 2006

W. Shedd of The Accidental Russophile writes about a political puppet auction held in Kyiv: “[…] each party in Ukraine seems to accuse the others of being puppets for some outside interest. However, these puppets are made from papier-mache instead of flesh and blood.”

Ukraine: Elections in Pidhajtsi

  27 March 2006

Stefan of Dykun is wondering about the results of the vote in Pidhajtsi, the town and county in Ternopil region that had “the highest voter turnout (and the highest percentage of votes for Yushchenko) in Ukraine during the whole 2004 presidential election debacle.” Stefan's relatives work in an election commission...

Ukraine: Zhirinovsky on ‘Svoboda Slova’

  23 March 2006

Scott W. Clark of Foreign Notes writes about last week's notorious talk show featuring Russian MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky: “…he was rewarded this morning for his efforts with the honor of being blacklisted for a visa to Ukraine – it was that bad.”

Ukraine: Kyiv Sightseeing

  23 March 2006

Nancy Case of Case In Point takes her readers on a Kyiv sightseeing tour: “Is there anything cooler than being in a narrow cave with prostrating pilgrims and ancient shriveled dead guys and only one thin candle for light? I didn’t think so.”

Ukraine: Anti-Lukashenko Rally in Kyiv

  22 March 2006

LJ user samuel_smith posts photos from a rally (RUS) that took place in front of the Belarusian embassy in Kyiv today. The protesters mocked the recent election in Belarus by casting ballots that had no alternative candidates on them, thus giving Aleksandr Lukashenko 183% of the vote. They also went...

Ukraine: Chernobyl's 20th Anniversary in NYC

  16 March 2006

Languor Management reports on the exhibit that has opened in New York's Ukrainian Museum on March 12: “The Ukrainian Museum is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster with this multi-media exhibition that explores the accident's impact on the lives of residents in the territories of Ukraine most heavily...

Ukraine: Murky Politics

  16 March 2006

LEvko and Scott W. Clark of Foreign Notes further examine the murky world of Ukraine's pre-election politics: election campaign heating up; last pre-election opinion polls; Yulia Tymoshenko's conditions for coalition; the president's and prime minister's press conferences; Tymoshenko targeting Yushchenko's voters; and a recent reshuffle at the Ukrainian Security Service.

Ukraine: Playing Run-and-Chase in Pediatrics Dept.

  16 March 2006

A Malaysian medical student posts pictures of spring snow in Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine's warmest region, Crimea. Also, there are pictures from another pediatrics class that evolved into “playing run and chase” with Ukrainian kids: “As usual, Fridays give us a multitude of wonderful feeling and joy as we...

Ukraine: Mafia in the Parliament

  16 March 2006

Scott W. Clark of Foreign Notes thinks “HBO should start another series on the mob when the Sopranos ends” – about certain individuals posing as Ukrainian paliament members. “Call it, The Verkhovna Rada.”

Belarus: Early Vote, Transportation and the Arrests

  15 March 2006

br23 blog does a quick roundup on the state of Belarus five days before the election: early voting; tickets to Minsk for the coming Sunday; and the new arrests. He also writes about last Sunday's arrest of a Ukrainian TV journalist while she was filing her report live from Minsk.

Ukraine: TV Debates

  14 March 2006

LEvko of Foreign Notes makes predictions on what the upcoming TV debates between the Ukrainian politicians are going to be like.