Veronica Khokhlova · June, 2006

I'm a Kyiv native; divide my time between Kyiv, Moscow, Istanbul and the Croatian island of Vis; lived in St. Petersburg in 2003-2005; attended Rutgers University in 1993-94, did my master's in journalism at the University of Iowa in 1996-98.

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Latest posts by Veronica Khokhlova from June, 2006

Belarus: Chavez to Visit Minsk in July

Hugo Chavez plans to visit Belarus at the end of July, reports TOL's Belarus Blog: “Finally, the two outspoken haters of U.S. will meet. I am sure they have a lot of things to discuss, and I assume some spicy joint anti-Washington statements will be made during the visit.”

Ukraine: World Cup Wishful Thinking

“We've got three victories! and there are three more left… Go, Ukraine!” – by LJ user lokizzz A popular joke about Ukraine's spectacular – and totally unforeseen – World Cup performance and the resulting financial disaster seemed funny just a few hours ago. Then Italy defeated Ukraine in the quarter-finals...

Poland: Troops to be Relocated from Iraq to Afghanistan

  29 June 2006

The beatroot writes that 500 Polish troops are being transfered from Iraq to Afghanistan: “This will be a much more dangerous mission than the one the Poles got involved in, in the quiet area of central Iraq near Babylon after the invasion to oust Saddam.”

Poland: Minorities

The beatroot writes that Polish “minorities” can't agree on “just how bad” things are getting for them in Poland. An interesting discussion is taking place in the comments section: “Polish racism is just the stupidity of the uneducated and simple xenophobic folk. It has no ideoligical or religious background.”

Russia: Four Diplomats Killed in Iraq

Four Russian diplomats were taken hostage and killed in Iraq, one more died shortly after the attack. Yuri Mamchur of Russia Blog writes about the lack of coverage of the incident and posts a link to the video of the execution. Sean Guillory writes about the connection between these killings...

Russia: Photographs Critiqued

Wu Wei writes about Simon Roberts’ photos of Russia published in Granta and some of the realities they convey: “I know what he means, but I'm not sure he really succeeds. Where is the dignity in most of these pictures when you know enough about the background.”

Hungary: Gay Pride Parade

Paul of Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar writes about the Gay Pride that took place in Budapest this past Saturday – and recommendations on how to remain anonymous while marching.

Hungary: Lake Balaton Fish Bandits

Pestiside.hu writes about illegal large-scale fishing on Lake Balaton: “Despite the audacity of the poachers, who left 25 kilometers of nets behind last year, the criminals are largely untouchable, with only one such band being brought to justice.”

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