Stories about Ukraine from October, 2007
Ukraine: Political Urine
Ukrainiana writes about “a duel of urine samples” between one of the leaders of the pro-presidential bloc and Kyiv's mayor.
Ukraine: Construction in Kyiv; Catherine II in Odesa
Ukrainiana writes about “sardine-packed construction” in Kyiv and the dedication of the monument to Catherine II in Odesa – and posts videos of the related violence.
Ukraine: History of Music
Ukrainian Musical Matters posts a concise but comprehensive review of Ukrainian music – from 20,000 years ago to the present.
Ukraine: Sean Carr
Ukrainian Musical Matters writes about Sean Carr, lead singer of Death Valley Screamers and Yulia Tymoshenko's son-in-law.
Ukraine: Svyatoslav Vakarchuk
Ukrainian Musical Matters writes about Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, lead singer of Okean Elzy band, his political views and political involvement.
Ukraine, Belarus: Helping Chernobyl Children
In a comment to MoldovAnn‘s recent post about Chernobyl aid organizations, executive director of one such charity mentions new approaches to rehabilitation of children affected by the 1986 catastrophe. The charity – Chernobyl Children's Project International – has a blog, too, and one of the stories there is about a...
Ukraine: “Strokes Against Hopelessness”
Scenes from the Sidewalk posts some pictures and writes about a charity tennis tournament that took place in Kyiv last weekend.
Russia, Ukraine: Corrupt Traffic Police
Mark MacKinnon writes about a recent encounter with corrupt traffic cops in Moscow and links to a New York Times story on one man's attempt to stand up to the law enforcement's unlawful behavior. English Russia reposts a Ukrainian blogger's cell phone pictures of how Ukrainian drivers “express their disagreement...
Ukraine: “Flit” Punk Rock Band
Ukrainian Musical Matters writes about “a relatively young new Ukrainian punk rock band, Flit (pronounced ‘fleet’).”
Ukraine: Post-Election Politics, Etc.
Lots of new posts at Orange Ukraine, including this overview of the post-election developments and other issues.
Ukraine: Two Paintings
Olechko posts her painting of an apartment block in Lutsk, which, like most apartment blocks in this part of the world, initially looked gray, but then she began painting it, and it turned out that it's not gray, but pink!
Ukraine: Poroshenko on Tymoshenko
Foreign Notes‘ 1,000th post deals, among other things, with Petro Poroshenko's thoughts on whether Yulia Tymoshenko will become Ukraine's prime minister after all.
Ukraine: “Hate at Hoverla”
Ukrainiana reports on the “Hate at Hoverla” incident: “At the top of Mt. Hoverla, Ukraine’s highest peak and President Yushchenko’s favorite mountaineering range, members of the Eurasian Youth Union have trashed the Ukrainian coat of arms, the trident, and its accompanying stone engravings.”
Russia: Beautiful Women
Natalia Antonova writes: “One of the most popular posts in the Russian blogosphere […] as of late was a simple “post pictures of women you consider beautiful” on some dude’s LiveJournal. The author later revealed that he was betting on a bottle of Hennessy – in order to determine whether...
Ukraine: Tragedy in Dnipropetrovsk
On Oct. 13, a gas explosion destroyed much of a 10-story apartment building in Dnipropetrovsk, killing at least 23 people (including seven children). LJ user didaio (Denis Davydov) has been at the site of the tragedy, blogging about it ever since it occurred.
Ukraine: UPA's 65th Anniversary
Ukrainiana posts a comprehensive entry on the history and the 65th anniversary of “Ukraine’s underrecognized Insurgent Army” (UPA): “Attempts at re-educating and reconciling elderly people contrary to their beliefs should be abandoned. But revisiting Ukrainian history and recognizing, for future generations, the people and events misrepresented in Soviet textbooks makes...
Former Soviet Union: Pyotr Grigorenko's Centenary
Window on Eurasia writes about the “neglected centenary” of General Pyotr Grigorenko: “People like the late general are a rarity. Anyone who met him – and I was fortunate enough to do so – counts himself privileged. But even more, all those living in the post-Soviet states now are his...
Ukraine: Solomiya Krushelnytska
Ukraine Musical Matters writes about Solomiya Krushelnytska, a great Ukrainian opera singer.
Ukraine: Kyiv Arts Venues for October
Olechko posts a very quick review of the “interesting art to see in October” in Kyiv.
Ukraine: Is Victimhood Profitable?
MoldovAnn takes a critical look at programs for “the so-called ‘children of Chornobyl'” and other Chernobyl-related aid efforts: “I do believe aid organizations want to help people have better lives. But when I hear them talking about ‘we’re going to support this community because it’s not too far from Kyiv...
Ukraine: Charitable Tennis Tournament
Scenes From the Sidewalk posts info on how to register for the charitable tennis tournament to be held in Kyiv Oct. 27-28.