Stories about Ukraine from March, 2006
Ukraine: Unexpected Losses On The Way To Parliament
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...
Writing at neweurasia, Peter discusses the agreement between Turkmenistan and Ukraine to settle gas debts and says Russia looks to be the winner in the dispute.
Ukraine: Tennis at Polling Station
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
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: Tymoshenko and the Economy
Scott W. Clark of Foreign Notes describes what it might be like for Ukrainian economy if Yulia Tymoshenko becomes prime minister again. LEvko posts a Monday update following Sunday's parliamentary vote.
Ukraine: Elections in Pidhajtsi
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’
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
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: Tymoshenko's ‘Personal Touch’
Scott W. Clark of Foreign Notes writes about ‘personal touch’ in Yulia Tymoshenko's campaign, a quality lacking in Victor Yushchenko's Our Ukraine Bloc's approach.
Ukraine: Yushchenko's Reaction to Belarus Election
Oleksandr at Messages From Canada discusses Ukrainian president's inadequate response to the fraudulent election in Belarus.
Ukraine: Anti-Lukashenko Rally in Kyiv
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
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: Pidhajtsi and Odesa
Stefan at Dykun writes about pre-election politics in the town of Pidhajtsi and posts a few pictures of his favorite city, Odesa.
Ukraine: Murky Politics
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.
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
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: “Denim Revolution” Unlikely to Succeed
Sean Guillory guest-blogs at Publius Pundit on the upcoming election in Belarus: current president Aleksandr Lukashenko, opposition leader Aleksandr Milinkevich, opposition youth group “Zubr” – and the unlikeliness of another color revolution, the “denim” one.
Belarus: Early Vote, Transportation and the Arrests
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: “Wrong Adjectives” To Describe Yushchenko
Peter Byrne of Abdymok points out the “wrong adjectives” used to describe Ukraine's president Victor Yushchenko in a Wall Street Journal piece on his relationship with former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Ukraine: TV Debates
LEvko of Foreign Notes makes predictions on what the upcoming TV debates between the Ukrainian politicians are going to be like.
Russia: “The 9th Platoon”
Charlie Ganske of Russia Blog reviews “The 9th Platoon,” an extremely expensive and popular Russian movie about the 1980s war in Afghanistan.