Tymoshenko Takes Fight to U.S.

By Dan Peleschuk, Student Editor Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko filed suit recently in a U.S. court against oligarch and Yanukovych backer Dmytro Firtash, co-owner of the RosUkrEnergo (RUE) gas trading company, claiming he defrauded the Ukrainian state of billions of dollars in natural gas reserves. According to court documents obtained and … Continue reading

Ukraine’s “Days of Rage”

By Andriy Kohut, Kyiv-based Activist May 14 in Kyiv did not see its regular undersized “Day of Rage” protests – the number of policemen exceeded the number of protesters by nearly fourfold. Since the recent chain of revolutions across Arab countries, social and political activists, political scientists, and politicians have all entertained the chief question as … Continue reading

Victory Day, Red Flags, and the Beginning of the End for Yanukovych

By Orest Zakydalsky, Toronto-based Researcher and Analyst In late April, the Verkhovna Rada passed a law entitled “Memorializing the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, 1941-1945.” This law decrees that for the May 9 Victory Day celebrations, the Soviet flag is to be flown together with the Ukrainian flag on government buildings throughout the country. … Continue reading

Ukraine Embarks on Nation Branding Campaign

By Vasyl Myroshnychenko, Partner, CFC Consulting Engulfed in corruption and languishing at the bottom of the leading indexes measuring the ease of doing business and the economy’s competitiveness, Ukraine has launched a high-profile advertising campaign on CNN International and BBC World. A series of spots entitled Ukraine: All About U aims to raise awareness about the country, … Continue reading

Thoughts on March 8th

By Tamara Martsenyuk, Assistant Professor at National University of “Kyiv Mohyla Academy” From when I was in kindergarten, I remember that on the edge of winter we used to exchange presents between boys and girls. Firstly, girls give presents to boys on February 23 – the Day of the Soviet Army. And it did not … Continue reading

The Many Faces of Ukraine and The Roles They Play

Thank you for joining in and ‘Watching Ukraine’ with us. In the first month we have had over 2,500 views of our blog. We are pleased to have followers at Oxford, Columbia, Princeton, the Guardian, the BBC, Ukr Pravda, Tyzhden’, Oxford Analytica and the Economist and even in the President’s Administration (I guess they are … Continue reading

To Kill A Journalist – Again?

By Marta Dyczok, Associate Professor of History and Political Science, University of Western Ontario Imagine browsing a newspaper one day and finding an article by a fellow journalist speculating that you might be the target for a killing. This happened to Serhiy Leshchenko on January 26, 2011. The Ukrainian newspaper, Izvestiya in Ukraine, ran the … Continue reading

Yanukovych’s Judicial Reform: Power & Policy

By Peter Solomon Jr., Professor of Political Science, Law and Criminology, University of Toronto Within a mere four months from the formation of a working group to adoption, the Yanukovych team produced in July 2010 a major law on the judiciary and the courts. Addressing long standing issues such as the system of judicial appointment and … Continue reading

Kyiv’s Non-Mayor & Yanukovych’s Power Vertical

By Dan Peleschuk, Student Editor The mysterious weeks-long absence of notorious Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky has finally ended, but speculation has only grown as to whether his hiatus is connected to President Viktor Yanukovych’s consolidation of power. Chernovetsky, who has been mayor since 2006, had “gone missing” from Kyiv before the New Year and left … Continue reading

Staying Afloat: Yanukovych’s Catch 22

By Orest Zakydalsky, Toronto-based Researcher and Analyst The Yanukovych Administration has spent the last year single-mindedly consolidating its power and marginalizing its opponents. In a sense, it has been largely successful: a new government and parliamentary majority was formed unconstitutionally; the Constitutional Court reversed the 2004 changes and returned Kuchma-era powers to Yanukovych; local elections, … Continue reading

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