Stories about Ukraine from February, 2010
Rosamund Bartlett, Anton Chekhov's English biographer and director of the Anton Chekhov Foundation, writes about the plight of Chekhov's house-museum in Yalta, Crimea, at OpenDemocracy.net.
Scenes from the Sidewalk shares a story of another formerly homeless Ukrainian child who now has a home.
Itching for Eestimaa writes that “the underwhelming victory of Viktor Yanukovich over Yulia Tymoshenko last week has caused all sorts of soul searching in Estonia and, in general, the West”: “Indeed, there are lessons to be learned.”
Belarus Digest writes about the “Belarusian roots” of Victor Yanukovych, the winner of Ukraine's presidential election, and about the Belarusian village of Yanuki, the birthplace of Yanukovych's father: “Currently there are only two families live in Yanuki. Both of them are Yanukovichs.”
Hungarian Spectrum reports that, according to the recent findings of a Hungarian think-tank, “in Turkey, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Hungary the impulses toward the acceptance of right-wing extremism are the strongest.”
Andrew Tate, an employee of the British Embassy in Kyiv, guest-blogs at Ambassador Leigh Turner's blog about “a day in the Ukrainian countryside as an OSCE observer.”
Ukrainiana reports that while PM Yulia Tymoshenko “remains incommunicado,” fans of her opponent Victor Yanukovych are staging “a hardcore parody of the Orange Revolution” in front of the Central Election Commission building (a related YouTube video of a TV news story (UKR) is included).
Leopolis writes on the Ukrainian election and reactions in the West and in Ukraine. Here's what some of the latter sound like: “This election was the choice between the whorehouse (bardak) and the prison (zona). Of cholera and swine flu. Better to stand in place than take five steps backward....
Foreign Notes translates the main points of an article (UKR) on “the challenges for the new president,” which appeared in Ukrainska Pravda.
Sean Guillory of Sean's Russia Blog reviews the response to the outcome of the Ukrainian election in the Western media – and by one Russian columnist.
Vadim Nikitin of the Foreign Policy Association's Russia Blog writes that “the success or failure of Yanukovich’s government will depend on fixing the everyday problems dogging ordinary people, not on geo-politics.”
Oleksandr Sushko, research director of the Kyiv-based Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, comments on Ukraine's “‘post-Orange’ future” at OpenDemocracy.net: “The newly elected president’s relative (limited) social legitimacy will be likely to restrict his ability to govern by his own will and perceptions only.”
Updates on Ukraine's post-election politics – at Eternal Remont, here and here.
Ari Rusila of BalkanBlog analyzes the outcome of the Ukrainian presidential election and makes some forecasts.
Natalia Antonova comments on the outcome of the Ukrainian presidential election: “The way I see it, people who urge Ukrainian voters to lay aside petty practical concerns and see the big picture are getting off easy.”
Scenes from the Sidewalk writes about the situation with street children in Ukraine: “It is even worse if they are over seventeen as at that point they are no longer children and therefore are on their own. Without rehabilitation, they become adult bums.”
IZO writes about protests against Sergei Bratkov's current show at Pinchuk Art Center and posts a YouTube video of one of the protests, as well as a note with the artist's response (RUS) to the protesters.
Ukrainiana takes readers on a video tour “through inter-election Kyiv” – and to the “final rallies” of the two presidential candidates, which took place on Feb. 5 “just a block away from each other.”
Greetings From Kyiv talks to a local friend on the possible outcome of the Feb. 7 presidential election.
Blue, Black and White Alert writes about Joseph Stalin's presence on Facebook.
Blair Sheridan of Eastern Approaches explains why he doesn't understand the “hysteria” about the last-minute changes to Ukraine's election law. Leigh Turner, UK Ambassador to Ukraine, writes: “Some people I respect are saying there's a fair chance of good quality elections on 7 February.”