Posts Tagged ‘ politics ’

Ukrainian World Congress Sent an Appeal to International Community on Prosecutions of Political Opponents in Ukraine

Jun 18th, 2011 | By

As previously raised with the international community by the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) in its letters dated 12 January 2011,1 the UWC is gravely concerned about the continuing prosecutions of political opponents by Ukrainian government authorities.

15 May Movement Demands Access to Information Law in Spain

May 27th, 2011 | By
Protests in Spain

“Government apathy for transparency is unacceptable, it should be a priority. The denial of the right of access to information in Spain is a perfect example of the bigger problem; people are in the streets because they feel that the government is not working for them” commented Victoria Anderica of Access Info Europe.

The V-Day Spectacle and Beyond

May 26th, 2011 | By

For many Ukrainians, like for Poles and the Balts, the Second World War on their territory was a clash of two equally dreadful predators, the Nazis and Bolsheviks. Which of the two was more oppressive might be an interesting question for academic debates, but it is of little relevance for people who feel today that the Nazi regime is dead and buried, while the Soviet regime, in its Putinist neo-imperial reincarnation, is alive and well and still threatens their shaky stability and sovereignty by various means.

Sounding the Alarm: Protecting Democracy in Ukraine

Apr 28th, 2011 | By

One year into Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency, Ukraine has experienced a disturbing decline in democratic practices and human rights that, if unchecked, threatens a return to the authoritarianism of the country’s pre-Orange Revolution period, according to a special report [PDF] — Sounding the Alarm: Protecting Democracy in Ukraine — released today by Freedom House.

A Freedom House Report on the State of Democracy and Human Rights in Ukraine

Apr 27th, 2011 | By

In our view, there is no question that President Yanukovych has onsolidated power at the expense of democratic development… The negative effects have included a more restrictive environment for the media, selective prosecution of opposition figures, worrisome instances of intrusiveness by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), widely criticized  local elections in October 2010, a pliant parliament (Verkhovna Rada), and an erosion of basic freedoms of assembly and speech. Corruption remains a huge drain on the country, and there is significant room for the situation to get even worse.

Another Ghostbuster story

Apr 22nd, 2011 | By

On April 17th Member of Ukraine’s Parliament Mykola Lisin (Party of Regions) wrapped his Lamborghini Gallardo around a post after executing several barrel rolls at 240kph – with predictably fatal results .

His funeral was on April 19.

In the morning of April 20 he was shown as actually SIGNED IN PERSONALLY by ledger on the Parliamentary website. Screenshot below. To the phantom’s credit, his voting card did not vote that day.

Ukraine on the way to an authoritarian state?

Mar 25th, 2011 | By

More than one year after the election of Victor Janukovich as the Ukrainian president, Ukrainian opposition members see their country on the way to a dictatorship. At invitation of the Centre for Central and Eastern Europe of the Robert Bosch Foundation in the DGAP four members of the Ukrainian parliament and opposition parties presented their views of the current political situation in the Ukraine on the 21 March 2011 in Berlin. In this context Volodymir Ariev, Oles Doniy, Yurij Stets (all “Our Ukraine”) and Andrii Pavlovskij (“Motherland”) pointed out, that the Ukrainian opposition is very much under pressure by the leadership of the country.

Ukraine ex-leader charged in murder

Mar 24th, 2011 | By

Kuchma is accused of giving illegal orders to police that led to the murder of Georgiy Gongadze [Reuters] Leonid Kuchma, the ex-Ukrainian president, has been formally charged in the killing of journalist Georgy Gongadze in 2000, the country’s most notorious post-Soviet crime. “I have been served with charges,” Kuchma told reporters on Thursday following his second…

Ukraine: Dear Polish Delegation, We’re in Shock, Too

Feb 21st, 2011 | By

According to the report, the Polish visitors were shocked by the Ukrainian MPs’ practice of voting on behalf of fellow party members: in Poland, such a practice was illegal, one of the guests commented, and would lead to the loss of mandate by the MP in question

Whose Foreign Ministry Is This ?

Feb 20th, 2011 | By

If Mr. Hryschenko remains on top, there is no future for Ukraine’s current Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It should simply rename itself — the Ukrainian Desk at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. But then Victor Yanukovich would not be a president and Mr. Hryschenko would not be a minister. And so the farce continues.