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A Unity Referendum – What could go wrong? NEW
OdessaTalk 11 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Early this month during one of those evening sessions when I have been asked to meet diplomats from sovereign missions passing through Odessa so they can empty my head of my thoughts, impression, predictions etc regarding the city and beyond in relat...
And what of the Transnistrian threat? NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Day, 11 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
There is much said in the international media about the quasi-autonomous region of Transnistria that sits within Moldova.  Parallels of a Crimea-esque annexation by The Kremlin are not difficult to find even in the most informed journals and hig...
Back to the east – again NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 11 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
As promised yesterday, after a brief local interlude, back to matters of national importance. Last evening I spent a few hours in the company of Mr Christian Caryl of Foreign Policy discussing the situation both within Ukraine and externally with reg...
Odessa Mayor elections – very strange! NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Days, 11 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Yes dear readers I know there are matters of urgent national importance unraveling on a minute by minute basis in Ukraine at the moment – but – today is one of those few Odessa-centric entries.  A return to matters national tomorrow.
Bolshevik Building Blocks (History repeating?) NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 11 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Only two weeks ago I wrote an entry - not for the first time – mentioning the possibility that The Kremlin was seeking to create situation mirroring the instability that has forever surrounded Bosnia-Herzegovina for Ukraine. That will cert...
Making it seem achievable – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 5 Days, 11 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Over the past few weeks I have met with a great many Ukraine based senior diplomats passing through Odessa trying to get a feel for how stable things are and the general mood of the city – that, and my thoughts upon the local politics and mayor...
Soft Power NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 11 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
This is by far the most interesting and fascinating thing I have read all week. In fact it is probably the most interesting and fascinating document I have ever read when it comes to the subject of “soft power.” It is a very long rea...
Looking to eastern Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 11 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
As regular readers know, I tend to write in rather broad brush strokes avoiding – unless necessary, or particularly interesting – minutiae that can distract from a tapestry far better viewed when stepping back a few paces. As such I have...
The Social Progress Index – Ukraine 62nd NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Now this is a rather interesting index for those that monitor social progress. Ukraine ranks 62nd.  It is far in front of the median when it comes to meeting basic human needs, slightly behind with regard to the foundations of wellbeing, but dis...
Tymoshenko opposes open electoral lists NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Eventually there will be new RADA elections. Although all those currently sitting in the RADA are there on the back of a 2012 public mandate until 2017, either via the 50% of seats won via the first past the post system, or via the 50% of seats fille...
Where to stop? Restraint verses action – Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Yesterday’s incidents in Luhansk, Kharkiv and Donetsk, where very small numbers of pro-Russian protesters seized government buildings with no real attempt by police to prevent it – in fact in some cases it appeared clear there was collusi...
Opening archives and letting the dirt fall where it falls NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Following on – somewhat tenuously – from yesterday’s FSB entry and some possible, inferred, nefarious activities in Ukraine very recently,  another “spook/intelligence” related issue has caught my eye. Under ex-Pres...
FSB Colonel-General Sergey Besedv NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
It will come as no surprise to anybody given the extreme level of infiltration within the Ukrainian institutions of State by the FSB ever since 1991 and Ukrainian independence, that the nation is very much porous where The Kremlin is concerned. FSB a...
Assessing the strength of Party Regions – Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 7 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Today’s entry is late – and deliberately so.  I have been awaiting the results of an attempted political coup to remove the Party Regions Secretary of the Odessa City Council, Oleg Bryndaka. In fact, late into the evening yesterday I...
Dayton revisited? Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 11 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
A few months ago, I wrote an entry with the penultimate paragraph “The possibility of two governments for two regions within a single state? – How is Bosnia-Herzegovinia rubbing along with that system?” Thus I intimated that a possi...
So where are we now? H G Wells’ time machine and Ukraine NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Where are we now – with regards to finding an acceptable solution to the crisis in and surrounding Ukraine – at the geopolitical level at least? That seems to be a reasonable question – so let us hop onto H G Wells’ time machi...
And what of the (major) oligarchs? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
I write this entry in the midst of some rather disastrous technical difficulties that have completely removed what I had planned to publish today – along with pending comments, spam and trash and anything else written but unpublished.  I s...
Presidential elections Ukraine – A full list of runners so far NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
So far I count 24 presidential candidates for the elections on 25th May.  I thought I would list them as it seems quite likely only a few will get mentioned in any English text:   Party Nominees (in no particular order): Mykhail Dobkin &nda...
Why don’t I write about Russia more? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
After answering a large number of similar questions yesterday relating to what I thought the future of Ms Tymoshenko holds – within 13 hours of writing it this part became a reality – though I had given advanced warning prior to that entr...
What are the chances? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Loathed as I am to write this entry, I do so in response to numerous emails and comments relating to what I think the political  future of Yulia Tymoshenko is.  Firstly it should be irrelevant to a large extent as the Ukrainian constituency...