Stories about Ukraine from April, 2008
Soviet History: Samizdat Anniversary
Window on Eurasia writes about the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Soviet samizdat publication, the Chronicle of Current Events.
Ukraine: Privatization Confrontation
Orange Ukraine posts a roundup on Ukraine, which includes an examination of the confrontation between president Yushchenko and PM Tymoshenko over privatization. A close-up on an earlier privatization case is here.
Belatedly, a link to Ukrainiana‘s extensive post on the 22nd anniversary of Chernobyl.
Ukrainiana writes about the celebration of Easter in Ukraine.
Ukraine: BBC Pulls Story on Hitler Doll From the Web
Kyiv Scoop reports that BBC's website has removed a story about the Hitler doll controversy.
Ukraine: Remembering Chernobyl
Déjà Vu – The Uncanny Feeling remembers Chernobyl: “When I think of Chernobyl … […] … I see 16-year-old Katya in Kiev, 90 km south of Chernobyl, scared to death by a danger she can't see, she can't sense, getting on a train for Leningrad to escape from radiation. She...
Russia: “Chernobyl's Other Victims”
Window on Eurasia writes about “Chernobyl's other victims” – “the thousands of people who exposed themselves to extraordinarily high levels of radiation while taking part in the clean up” and who now “find themselves not only sick as a result but largely forgotten by the successor governments to the regime...
Ukraine: Labor Migration
Ukrainiana explains why a social ad against labor migration currently being aired in Ukraine is actually no good: “Forget it, say millions of skilled blue-collar and thousands of white-collar Ukrainians who work abroad. Known as zarobitchany, they sent an estimated $8.4 billion worth of remittances to Ukraine in 2006, a...
Ukraine, Russia: “Hitler Toy” Story
Ukrainiana writes about the “Hitler toy” story that first appeared on the Russian TV and was later picked up by BBC: “To the extent that the Western media often cite Russian sources as an authority on Ukraine, they also partake in this smorgasbord of Soviet-style propaganda.”
Uzbekistan, Ukraine: Tashkent Blacksmith and His Children
A monument to an Uzbek family that adopted 15 children during WWII has recently been dismantled in Tashkent. Below is a Ukrainian blogger's moving story of how her father helped one of these adopted children find his biological family.
Ukraine, Russia: The Presidents’ Dads
Some sources claim that Victor Yushchenko's father – “a POW in Auschwitz during WW2″ – was actually “a ‘polizei’ of Nazi concentration camps and an informer to the Nazis.” Other sources claim that Vladimir Putin's father “served in the Nazi-collaborating army led by Russian general Vlasov.” Kyiv Scoop writes about...
Ukraine: Kyiv Mayoral Election
Ukrainiana posts an update on the Kyiv mayoral election.
Ukraine: Senior Clergyman for Kyiv City Council
Steve Bandera of Kyiv Scoop reports on political aspirations of a senior Orthodox Christian clergyman. (Update – here.)
Ukraine: Yushchenko vs Tymoshenko?
Foreign Notes writes and translates on “the battle” between president Yushchenko's secretariat and prime minister Tymoshenko.
Ukraine: “Agflation” and Other Economic Problems
Ukrainiana writes about the country's economic problems.
Ukraine: Orthodox “Crusaders” vs Bush
Ukrainiana posts and explains a video of Ukraine's “anti-Bush Orthodox crusaders.”
Ukraine: Political Humor
An online exhibition of Ukrainian political humor – at Ukrainiana.
Ukraine: Kyiv Mayor Election
Foreign Notes writes about the upcoming Kyiv mayor election.
Russia: Politics Update
Sean's Russia Blog posts an update on the recent political developments in Russia.
Russia, Israel: Emigrants and Returnees
Sean's Russia Blog writes about former Soviet citizens living in Israel.
Greater Surbiton writes about NATO's relations with Russia: “If the NATO powers lack the will to stand up to Russia, it raises the question of what precise purpose NATO serves.” And about NATO and the Greek-Macedonian relations: “Greece has been a very poor member of NATO; it has only about...