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The electoral farce of seat 205 – Desnyanskiy (Chernigov) NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Day, 6 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Having entered into a voluntary state of “purdah” relating to the election that took place yesterday for seat 205, Desnyanskiy district in Chernigov, that self-imposed silence, post polls closing, can now be lifted. So having expected a c...
The Venice Commission on Constitutional/Judicial reforms – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 7 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Probably one of the most underrated acts of the current president, cabinet of ministers, and sitting Rada, was the accommodation of almost all Venice Commission “recommendations” with regard to the constitutional amendments that facilitat...
Odessa – The Singaporean Model? NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Days, 4 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Iran has been in the news a lot recently for reasons of non-proliferation (and a much less discussed lifting of conventional arms embargoes in due course). Yesterday, the Iranian Ambassador to Ukraine, Mr Mohammad Beheshti-Monfaredom together with a...
FBI to train 50 police in Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 5 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
According to Governor Saakashvili (and not unsurprisingly if true), the Oblast and the FBI have reached agreement upon training 50 police officers. These 50 police officers will be trained separately from the rest of the Oblast police – necessa...
“Where’s Lutsenko’s head at?” NEW
OdessaTalk 5 Days, 7 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
A few days ago your author was chatting with a member of a diplomatic mission passing through Odessa – as is often (these days) the case. Amongst issues, discussed, problems aired and potential solutions mulled, the subject of Yuri Lutsenko was...
The US opens up a new front in Odessa? NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 7 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
A few weeks ago an entry was published that stated, “Indeed the recent visit to Odessa by the US diplomatic corps was probably the biggest your author has ever met – the Ambassador, political attaché, naval attaché, press at...
Meanwhile in Transnistria – mobilization NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 8 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Just across the border from Odessa lies Transnistria, the Kremlin sponsored enclave within Moldova. Unsurprisingly, considering regional events, it appears that Transnistria is about to mobilize, apparently following a decree issued by “Preside...
Igor Shevchenko joins the Saakashvili team in Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
On 2nd July, the Rada voted with 235 votes in favour, to dismiss then Ministry of Ecology & Natural Resources of Ukraine, Igor Shevchenko. Upon his dismissal Mr Shevchenko stated that he was considering running for Mayor in the local elections, d...
A transition bank that fails due to transition? – FDI bureaucracy NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
On Monday 20th July Kyivska Rus” Bank, insolvent since March 2015 must be liquidated – except that need not have been the case – and indeed may at the 11th hour prove not to be the case, although the clock is almost entirely ru...
“Ins” and “outs” amongst the circles of the Russian “enlightened” – Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Yesterday saw two occurrences in Odessa. The first, a known unknown.  That being the declaration persona non grata of Valeriy Shibeko, acting Consul General of the Russian Federation in Odessa. “In accordance with Article 23 of the Vi...
A constitutional cacophony passes through the Rada NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
No differently from the theatrics, populism, and cacophony of discord that saw Bill №2217a “On Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (concerning the decentralization of power) pass through the Rada yesterday, undoubtedly Ukrainian mai...
Odessa – By Land and Sea NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
This is mostly raw data.  The map below is for quick reference purposes. Distances between selected capitols are for land routes, obviously without the road map detail. So as to not crowd the map, capitols are left off. For the logistically-mind...
A firearms/terrorist fudge – or an opportunity to begin a slow process? Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 5 Days, 3 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
A recent entry relating to the events in Mukachevo stated thus: “Both Ukraine and Russia are awash with illicit weapons that entered the east of Ukraine and either seeped out of the ATO zone into Ukraine, or were smuggled back into Ru...
Structure and sustainability – A Saakashvili (and Ukraine) problem NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
As the arrival of Mr Saakashvili has turned both domestic and international eyes toward Odessa, and the truly gargantuan task he has taken on in reforming the Oblast – very much as a microcosm of Ukraine in many ways (although every Oblast pres...
As the current legislative window closes in Ukraine……. NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 7 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
The current legislative window closes in Ukraine at the end of this week, with Rada holidays until the Autumn upon us. Perhaps something of a blessing considering the standard of legislation that the legislative body actually emits. However, amongst...
A wide angled lens look at the “Mukachevo incident” NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Grabbing the headlines over the past day or so has been the (currently on-going) incident between Right Sector and the State in Mukachevo. To briefly zoom in, the incident concentrates around cigarette smuggling, criminality and collusion of regional...
The Ukrainian Army & Force Preservation NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
It is not my interest or intention to undermine the Ukrainian Army. The rank and file soldiers of Ukraine have done a good job with what is available to them in defending Ukraine against the Russian-backed insurgency. If there is any grief to be give...
The political fight for control of the new “Police” begins? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Two rather pointed entries have been published here recently relating to the new “Police” in Kyiv  – and soon to be in Odessa (and elsewhere). Before continuing, a few key quotes that you author knew would inevitably arise, and...
Valeriy Chaly appointed Ukrainian Ambassador to the USA…..eventually NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Since April 2015, Ukraine has had no ambassador to the USA, a nation that is currently a key, if the not key, ally of the country.  Certainly US diplomatic energy and will is the driving force amongst the diplomatic community.  Even if US E...
United Oil Company of Ukraine? No – Back to the drawing board NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
A few days ago, Prime Minister Yatseniuk stated: “The state has an incredible asset of tens of billion U.S. dollars in hands. Ukrtransnafta is the state-run company. The state also has 51% shares of Ukrnafta, and 43% shares of Ukrtatnafta. &nbs...