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· July, 2009

Stories about Ukraine from July, 2009

Ukraine: Q&A with Hryhoriy Nemyrya visits Kyiv and talks to Hryhoriy Nemyrya, Ukraine’s vice PM, in charge of relations with Europe: questions are here, Nemyrya's responses – here, a shorter summary – here.

Europe: “When East Becomes West”

Raf Uzar is wondering whether “the definition of Western Europe [is] the same now as it was in 1945.”

Ukraine: MP's Son Killed in Car Crash

Ukrainiana comments on the death of another MP's son, caused by reckless driving: “Had he killed somebody else with his car, he would’ve most likely gotten away with it.”

Russia: Making (Some) Sense of LiveJournal

A number of studies of the Russian blogosphere have been produced in the past by various entities. Russian bloggers, too, are trying to make sense of the space they operate...

Ukraine: Canadians helping out with AIDS prevention

The Natashas draws attention to a Canadian effort to help developing a model HIV/AIDS prevention program in Ukraine in partnership with UNICEF.

Ukraine: Party of Regions lead in public opinion

Ukraine Today comments on a new opinion poll, showing that Viktor Yanukovich's Party of Regions currently rates highest among Ukrainian voters.

Bulgaria: Ukrainian gas crisis caused government fall

LJ user koltashov turns attention to [RUS] a report claiming that Bulgaria's government fell earlier this year due to the gas crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

Ukraine: Nato membership in question

Ukrainiana strongly reacts against voices in both Ukraine and the West saying no to the country becoming a member of Nato.

Ukraine: Toying with early elections

Ukraine Today comments on president Yushchenko toying with the idea of resigning in exchange for parliamentary dissolution and combined presidential and parliamentary elections.

Ukraine: Running out of time to dissolve parliament

Ukraine Today draws attention to the coming week being the last when president Yushchenko can constitutionally dissolve parliament before the 2010 presidential elections.

Nabucco: Running out of gas

Der Spiegelfechter comments on [GER] the agreement to build gas pipeline Nabucco and wonders where the gas will be coming from, whereas Der Unbequeme questions [GER] the need of yet...

Lithuania: Russian charter challenges loyalty

Lituanica comments on news that a Russian NGO is starting to issue so called Russian charters – a certificate of allegiance to Moscow – to ethnic Russians outside of the...

Russia: Seven sisters – a short story

English Russia tells a short story with pictures of the Seven sisters – more known as Stalin skyscrapers – built in Moscow 1947-53, and points to other examples in the...

Poland: More trouble on the horizon for Euro 2012

Polandian directs attention to more trouble on the horizon for the Polish-Ukrainian joint hosting of the Euro 2012 soccer championships, namely the poor standard of Polish hotels not by far...

Russia-Ukraine: State, nation and language

Ukrainiana points out the basic flaw in Russian Premier Putin's pretensions of 17 million Russians living in Ukraine, by stating the fundamental difference between state- and nationhood, language and ethnicity...

Russia: Putin and the bikers part II

Voices from Russia translates extracts of and comments an article on Premier Putin's Moscow [Sic!] meetup with Russian bikers, taking time off from the recent Obama-Medvedev summit, as an MC-motorcade...

Ukraine: Peculiar pornography prohibition

Natalia Antonova ridicules new Ukrainian legislation outlawing pornography without defining its meaning, and exempting possession for medical purposes.

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