Stories about Ukraine from May, 2008
On May 12, Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov was declared persona non grata in Ukraine, following his calls for Russia to take ownership of Sevastopol, a Ukrainian Black Sea naval port. On May 15, Russia denied entry to Vladyslav Kaskiv, one of the leaders of the 2004 protests in Kyiv and member of the Our Ukraine/People's Self-Defense faction in the Ukrainian parliament. LJ user varfolomeev66, a Russian journalist, compares the two cases.
Belatedly, a link to a Eurovision report by BBC's Mark Mardell – and over 150 comments to his post.
Foreign Notes writes on the relationship between PM Tymoshenko, president Yushchenko, and the Party of the Regions.
Foreign Notes writes about PM Yulia Tymoshenko's defeat in the Kyiv election, her meeting with PM Vladimir Putin, and the future of her cabinet.
An update on oil, inflation and other Ukrainian issues – at Orange Ukraine.
Five installments of pre-election Kyiv photos, video and commentary – at Ukrainiana: here, here, here, here, and here.
Edward Hugh of A Fistful of Euros discusses inflation, currency revaluation and politics in Ukraine.
Ukrainiana comments on two more Kyiv mayoral candidates and their campaign ads.
Photos from Russia and Ukraine by Flickr user In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (via Olechko).
Last week, Ukraine banned Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov from the country, after he called for Russia to take ownership of Sevastopol, a Ukrainian Black Sea naval port. The incident received much coverage in the Russian and Ukrainian media and blogs. Below is one more post, written by a Russophone resident of Balaklava, a Crimean town that has an official status of a district of the city of Sevastopol.
Ukrainiana posts a few more videos of the Kyiv mayoral campaign ads.
AnTyx writes about the Eastern Partnership project.
Kyiv Scoop reports on vote-buying in Kyiv.
Ukrainiana dissects the ad campaign of one more party running in the May 25 Kyiv mayoral election.
Window on Eurasia writes about the 64th anniversary of the Crimean Tatar deportations by Stalin – and about Tercuman, a newspaper launched by Ismail Gaspirali, a Crimean Tatar educator and publisher.
A guided tour through Ukraine's current political advertisement – at Ukrainiana.
Moscow Through Brown Eyes offers samplings of Kyiv graffiti – here and here.
Stephan of Everybody I Love You has created a Soviet Milk Stores group on Flickr (four pictures there so far).
Okeksandr Demchenko writes about the alleged voting fraud in the “Great Ukrainians” TV show.
Lots of interesting and informative posts on Crimea and Crimean Tatars, including the most recent one, with photos, about Khydyrlez, “the annual Crimean Tatar May celebration of strength and vitality” – by Marusia of My Simferopol Home.
J. Otto Pohl reminds readers that this coming Sunday, May 18, marks the 64th anniversary of Sürgün, the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944.