Posts Tagged ‘ Rinat Akhmetov ’

How Putin Is Reinventing Warfare

May 7th, 2014 | By

Though some deride Russia for backward thinking, Putin’s strategy in Ukraine betrays a nuanced understanding of 21st century geopolitics. Peter Pomerantsev May 5, 2014 The Kremlin, according to Barack Obama, is stuck in the “old ways,” trapped in Cold War or even 19th century mindsets. But look closer at the Kremlin’s actions during the crisis…


The Globe in Kiev: Ukraine oligarchs own political mess

Feb 1st, 2014 | By

PAUL WALDIE KIEV — The Globe and Mail Last updated Friday, Jan. 31 2014, 9:46 PM EST With Ukraine’s popular uprising showing no sign of easing, the country’s future depends largely on the actions of a few billionaires who control most of what goes on in government and have been caught off guard by the…


Thoughts from Kyiv – Jan 28, 2014

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

Maybe I’m imagining things, but I have the distinct impression that the mood on Maidan and Hrushevskoho St. changed significantly in the wake of today’s events in Parliament. The resignation of Prime Minister Azarov was accepted by the President today, and each minister in Ukraine’s government is now (as a result) an “acting minister”. The…


Ukraine’s top oligarch on US visa ban list

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

in Kyiv January 28, 2014 Powerful Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, a shadowy figure with strong ties to Moscow and President Viktor Yanukovych, is the latest name from the new US visa ban list to be leaked to the media, according to bne sources. Two independent sources close to Ukraine’s opposition forces, one with ties to…


What the West Must Do for Ukraine

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

By JOHN HERBST, WILLIAM GREEN MILLER, STEVEN K. PIFER and WILLIAM B. TAYLOR Jr. JAN. 28, 2014 Washington — Ukraine is on the verge of spinning out of control. A pro-European protest that began more than two months ago in Kiev’s central square has flared into broad, angry opposition to the authoritarian policies of President…


Ukraine’s Revolution – thoughts on New Year’s Eve

Jan 1st, 2014 | By

As many readers have noticed, I’ve had a pause in my notes. Excuses like sickness and being tied up with year-end obligations are just that – excuses. The reality is that for the first time in a while, last week I experienced writer’s block. Now I have a problem: too much to say, and not…


Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Written by Dr. Andrew Zhalko-Tytarenko, Guest Contributor The sudden change of mind on the European Association by Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych in late November had unexpected and devastating impacts on his administration. Instead of the usual rallies in the thousands, which the government expected, the protests against his decision grew to hundreds of thousands of…


Yanukovych’s Ukraine: Family Greed Fuels National Aspiration – OpEd

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By

By Geopolitical Monitor December 22, 2013 By James Whitman Borys was a successful entrepreneur who built up a business producing grapes and berries by visiting plantations in Italy and California and replicating their production techniques on his own sun-kissed farm above the majestic Dnipro River in southern Ukraine. He worked with small farmers and credit…


Ukrainian Tycoons’ Shifting Loyalties

Dec 21st, 2013 | By

By Henry Meyer, Kateryna Choursina, and Daryna Krasnolutska December 19, 2013 Most people associate oligarchs with Russia’s post-Soviet history, when ruthless men bought state assets on the cheap, built business empires, and made fortunes. But Russia isn’t the only nation whose economy is dominated by oligarchs. In neighboring Ukraine, about a dozen businessmen have a…


Help Ukrainians Stand Up for Western Values

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

Bloomberg View Op-Eds By Vitaly Sych Dec 18, 2013 7:53 PM ET Before Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signed a deal to bail out our country’s economy this week, there was excitement among Western officials and analysts about the way some businessmen who have bankrolled the president’s rise to power appeared to be distancing themselves from…