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CoE EuroMaidan report, a most damning read – And now what? NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
This Council of Europe report into the EuroMaidan investigations – or perhaps more accurately described as the complete and utter absence of coherent, effective and genuine investigations into the EuroMaidan events – is an exceptionally (...
The ever-shifting (political and oligarchical) sands – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Day, 1 Hour, 20 Minutes ago
Moving onward (although probably not upward) from the unnecessarily public spat between The State/President Poroshenko and oligarch Igor Kolomoiski, there would appear to be some resulting shifting of the political and oligarchical sands to mull over...
Ukrainian Oil & Gas to get international management? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 1 Hour, 45 Minutes ago
After all the unnecessarily public shenanigans that played out last week between the majority and minority shareholders of Ukrnafta – the State and Igor Kolomoiski – and other potential confrontations, such as Uktransnafta, Prime Minister...
Project Managers Wanted – Reforms Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Days, 4 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
It’s not often this blog advertises job vacancies – however these job vacancies are more worthy than most for some additional promotion, simply due to the fact that should those successful candidates succeed in fulfilling their appointed...
Total lustration? Not the best choice of words. NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 25 Minutes ago
There is naturally a need to keep the public informed of the cleansing of the institutions of State when such a cleansing remains very much a demand of the Ukrainian constituency.  Indeed it would be very foolish not to publicise the fact that o...
Getting the money back – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 22 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Somewhat belatedly perhaps, by Presidential Decree, President Poroshenko yesterday created the “Inter-agency Working Group on Coordination of the Return of Funds, Received in a Criminal Way by Former Senior Officials, to Ukraine.”  I...
Into the perceived Kolomoiski vacuum – Ukraine (and Odessa) NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 3 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Following the resignation of Igor Kolomoiski, and its acceptance by President Poroshenko in the early hours of this morning, whom and what overtly fills the political/power vacuum will no doubt be the subject of both speculation and analysis. As prev...
Remember the Anti-Corruption Bureau? NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 22 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
The on-going, seemingly glacial effort at a functioning Anti-Corruption Bureau has not been mentioned at the blog since the end of 2014. Time, perhaps, for an update, although there is sadly little to update as is the case with glacial movement. The...
All over to Azarov and the MIA? – Law & Order, Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 22 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
In an interesting day for Odessa relating to law and order – and its enforcement – two developments of note have occurred. The first development is the removal of the security structures in place in Odessa since 6th May 2014 by order of P...
The Riga Summit – Something in amongst the nothing NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
A few days ago an entry appeared here doubting the wisdom of President Poroshenko’s public rhetoric regarding Visa-free travel announcements at the Riga Summit in May. “Clearly President Poroshenko is yet to learn to manage his own expect...
Ukraine-Turkey FTA NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Friday saw Turkish President Erdogan in Kyiv. The usual and expected reassuring words from Ukraine’s (and Odessa’s) Black Sea neighbour were uttered: “We support territorial and political integrity and independence of Ukraine, inclu...
Ukraine and the Horizon (2020) NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 36 Minutes ago
Yesterday, Ukraine signed up to, and became a partner within the EU Horizon 2020 programme.  It won’t get any serious media coverage, if any – although it should. Thus (pending EU parliamentary ratification that will surely come) pos...
A test too far for the EU CSDP? – Peacekeepers to the Donbas NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
“Over the past 4 months the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and/or Article 7 of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement that directly relates to the CSDP, has been mentioned within entries no less than 14 times.  A somewhat recur...
Riga Summit – To Visa-free or not to Visa-free? That is the question NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 45 Minutes ago
Some months ago, in the usual Ukrainian populist (and therefore unwise) political manner, President Poroshenko stated he expected the Riga Summit in May to produce a Visa-free regime for Ukrainian tourists within the Schengen nations, beginning...
Going against the grain – Cargill (USA) & Delta Bank NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 1 Minute ago
On 3rd March the National Bank of Ukraine dramatically hiked interest rates from 19.5% to 30% overnight, as part of a pick ‘n’ mix bag of measures to help support the currency. That same day, the NBU announced that Delta Bank, then the 4t...
Committees and quorums – Kolomoisky NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 10 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Over the past month, several entries relating to the rise and fall of some or all of the oligarchy have appeared here.  There are those clearly in the ascendancy such as Igor Kolomoisky, and those that are not – pretty much all the others.
Unnecessary overlap or cracks in the pavement? – UA Borders NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Yesterday saw the public announcement and signing of an agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the USA relating to a $24.4 million programme dealing with corruption – making public what was already more or less known regarding cooperat...
Back to the Venice Commission NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 5 Minutes ago
Yesterday it became clear that the Prosecutor General’s Office will soon be requesting the Rada to vote in favour of lifting several of their colleagues Constitutional immunity to facilitate preliminary investigation to progress into prosecutio...
Local Elections 2015……or not NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Following on from yesterday’s entry regarding the seemingly inescapable legitimising of the illegitimate, when the OSCE will, whilst sanctioning the October 2015 local elections free and fair, simultaneously also legitimise those within the occ...
The OSCE dilemma NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
There has been much criticism made of the OSCE monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine – some of which has been justified, some of it unfounded. Indeed some OSCE monitors have been replaced after social media has unveiled certain biases, and alth...