· July, 2011

Stories about Ukraine from July, 2011

Ukraine: Timoshenko Facing the Law

  30 July 2011

LEvko of Foreign Notes follows up on the trial against former Ukrainian Prime Minister, Yulia Timoshenko, and finds that – despite a weak case – the process is likely to end with a guilty verdict for a number of political reasons.

Ukraine: Survival of the Stolovaya

  30 July 2011

The Pickle Project discusses a visit at one of the few remaining public stolovayas – soviet style lunch canteens – in Crimean city of Yalta.

Ukraine: Collapse of Government Policies

RuNet Echo  28 July 2011

Taras Kuzio posts a translation of Vitaliy Portnikov's article [ru], arguing that the policies of the Ukrainian President Yanukovich and the government are close to a political collapse.

Ukraine: Timoshenko Case Turning Sour

  28 July 2011

Levko of Foreign Notes argues that the trial against former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko is quickly becoming a liability for President Yanukovich, with mounting international and domestic critique, and the trial in itself giving an additional political platform for Timoshenko.

Ukraine: Parallels to Khodorkovsky Case

  24 July 2011

LevKo of Foreign Notes draws parallels between Russia's Khodorkovsky case and the current legal processes against former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko and Minister of the Interior, Yuri Lutsenko, against the background of a debate in the Financial Times.

Ukraine: Revenge of the Oligarchs

  19 July 2011

LevKo of Foreign Notes discusses the trials against Ukraine's former Prime Minister, Yulia Timoshenko, and Interior Minister, Yuri Lutsenko, portrayed by Frankfurter Allgemeine as revenge by the business oligarchs of current President Viktor Yanukovich.

Ukraine: Odesa Film Festival

  19 July 2011

Leigh Turner, British Ambassador to Ukraine, writes about the Odesa Film Festival, set against the background of many famous films, not least Eisenstein's “Battleship Potemkin.”

Ukraine: Timoshenko trial worries

  12 July 2011

LevKo of Foreign Notes discusses his impressions that Ukrainians are becoming increasingly worried about the alleged show-trial against former Premier and opposition leader Yulia Timoshenko; worries that now arguably extend to an increasing number of President Yanukovich's supporters.

Ukraine: Tymoshenko's Courtroom Drama

  11 July 2011

Since late June 2011, former Prime Minister of Ukraine and one of the Orange Revolution's leaders, Yulia Tymoshenko, has been on trial in capital Kyiv for abuse of power regarding a natural gas contract with Russia. If found guilty she faces up to ten years in prison.

Ukraine: Hutsul Photo Archive Online

  10 July 2011

The Uncataloged Museum writes about Hutsul Images, an online collection of photos from the Hutsul regions of Ukraine, created and maintained by Volodymyr Kitselyuk, “an ordinary enthusiast from Hutsul region, a doctor by profession and an ethnographer by vocation.”

Ukraine: Pension Reform; Multiple Voting by MPs

  8 July 2011

Foreign Notes writes about Ukraine's pension reform, which was passed by the parliament yesterday, highlighting the “breathaking arrogance” and disrespect for law by the people who run the country: “248 deputies voted in support of today's [pension reform] motion even though it seems only 143 deputies were actually registered to...

Ukraine: New twist to trial against politician

  5 July 2011

The trial against former Ukrainian interior minister, Yuri Lutsenko, has according to Foreign Notes taken a new twist. Allegations are now raised that the presiding judge is partial or has alterior motives, making Lutsenko demand his removal from the case.