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Inclusive or exclusive innovation (or is it invigoration) – Odessa/Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 20 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Now and again, this blog is asked to contribute to discussions, either directly or indirectly (arming others that are going into a debate/conference) with a thought or two.  Such requests occur far more regularly at a local level, but occasional...
Kremlin goes back to the DCFTA NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Day, 10 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Yesterday, away from all the headlines, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom met with Russia’s Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev in Brussels – the issue discussed the EU-Ukraine DCFTA and The Kremlin concerns. Kr...
Mens Rea – Draft legislation NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 20 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Last week, a semi-serious tweet relating to a piece of truly awful and retarded legislation was made: Having pondered this draft legislation http://t.co/PCJHUT2e2A one can only conclude that #Ukraine has decided against European integration. —...
Some US FDI – Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Days, 21 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Having not written about anything local for a while, it is perhaps time to write about something positive occurring for Ukraine, and in particular Odessa. For those who are not acquainted with Odessa, it is home to three large ports.  Odessa, Yu...
The return of a prodigal son – or cutting a grubby little deal? NEW
OdessaTalk 5 Days, 1 Hour, 9 Minutes ago
Amongst the rightful headlines of the criminal slaying of Boris Nemtsov and the suicide of Mykhailo Chechetov, whilst under house-arrest in Kyiv with on-going investigations into several historically nefarious acts, a similarly nefarious prodigal son...
Time for a swift re-framing during the lull? NEW
OdessaTalk 5 Days, 22 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Though a ceasefire remains far from in effect in eastern Ukraine, it is fair to say there is something of a lull in the fighting.  Indeed there was an entire 24 hours where nobody died, though it is the exception and not the rule. Today heavy we...
Surveying the “Russian World” – FSB Style NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 23 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
It’s not often entries appear here regarding the murky world of intelligence and counter-intelligence – and deliberately so.  One reason (amongst several) is that there are some very good blogs dealing with the art of spookery &ndash...
The UAE-Ukraine Defence Deal NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 21 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Yesterday Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that the United Arab Emirates and Ukraine had reached a deal whereby the Arab State would cooperate militarily – thus theoretically paving the way for the UAE to send arms to Ukraine. Pre...
And what of China in Ukraine? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Little has been written here about China and its activities in Ukraine for some time.  That is in part due to China doing what it does in its usual quiet and unassuming way – despite the Chinese Consulate in Odessa being by far the largest...
Ukraine and The Rome Statute (Again) NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Over the years, several entries have appeared here relating to Ukraine and The Rome Statute – primarily dealing with the issues of why Ukraine has still to ratify this international instrument 15 years (and a few days) after signing up to it. I...
EU standards – or not/Стандарты ЕС – или нет NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Almost one year ago, 13th April 2014 to be precise, an entry was published bemoaning the lack of information for Ukrainian manufacturers and service providers regarding EU (and by extension ISO) standards certification. “For those that are...
Konstantine Malyofeev/Malyofeyev – What’s going on there then? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
As has been written here before, Konstantine Malyofeev (Malyofeyev), a well known swivel-eyed nationalist and ultra-Orthodox Russian oligarch behind Marshall Capital Partners (as well as Russia’s “Safe Internet League”) is known for...
The EU & Russia: Before & Beyond the Crisis in Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Yesterday saw the release of the House of Lords European Union Committee report “The EU and Russia:  Before and beyond the crisis in Ukraine“.  It really is a very good read for those who know nothing about the region and how it...
Understanding and influence – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
No this is not any entry about Ukraine being viewed with pity, rather than as a partner in certain capitals – although that would be an entry worth writing.  This is an entry relating more to knowledge and understanding, and how that is tu...
Poroshenko calls for EU Policing Mission NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 19 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
At a commencement of a meeting of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, President Poroshenko opened with a call for a UN mandated peacekeeping force to be sent to eastern Ukraine. “We see the best format would be a police mission...
A return to the 3G tenders – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
In November 2014, an entry was published that highlighted the tendering for, and licensing of, 3G in Ukraine – the outcome of which is due on 23rd February.  It was identified as one of the litmus tests for foreign corporate investment int...
Germany soon to ratify the EU AA/DCFTA Agreement with Ukraine? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
A few days ago, this entry was published relating to the Minsk II Agreement, interpreting it as a declaration of war by other means, rather than a ceasefire or peace agreement. At the end of the entry appeared this paragraph relating to the AA/D...
A notable absence in the political space – Think Tanks Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
For those who don’t follow this blog on twitter – where it is far more active than it is at blogging ashamedly – yesterday a conversation ensued with the (usually) erudite followers it has. It commenced with this tweet: @szaulo To b...
Alexander Efremov arrested – Prosecutor General Shokin strikes NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Today, all western media attention will be concentrated upon the ceasefire -should it hold – in eastern Ukraine naturally enough. However, just as important is the news of the arrest of Alexander Efremov – which won’t get the wester...
Poroshenko eventually finds a job for Saakashvili NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
After it became clear that former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili would not renounce his Georgian citizenship in order to head the Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Bureau, President Poroshenko has been thinking hard about how to get his friend a job...