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An unusual course of events NEW
OdessaTalk 9 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
One of the few benefits of spending 10 minutes a day, most days over the past few years, churning out less than erudite rumination more often than not, is that when Ukraine and/or Odessa are for some reason internationally interesting, approaches are...
Modest desires NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Day, 3 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
The currently self-declared – and if there is a local “election”, rubber stamped – “Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic” (otherwise known as occupied Ukraine to many) Alexander Zaharchenko, t...
Vulnerable voters and voting vulnerability NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Days, 9 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
As has been mentioned recently, the number of internally displaced persons due to the undeclared war in eastern Ukraine is a particularly sad, and is going to be an enduring social issue for Ukrainian society and government alike, for some considerab...
Points make prizes – but is the prize worth having? NEW
OdessaTalk 3 Days, 9 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
With the RADA elections now only 5 days away, some thought should perhaps be given regarding any new coalitions and cabinet of ministers that will follow. Way back on 24th/25th July an entry was published that stated Volodymyr Groysman would bec...
Bill 5036 fails in The RADA – thankfully NEW
OdessaTalk 4 Days, 7 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Today amongst numerous Bills (4443a and 4143) relating to broadcasting in Ukraine, was Bill 5036. Within Bill 5036, Article 9, there a new paragraph was proposed, under which a broadcaster is not entitled to distribute audiovisual works, among which...
Poroshenko signs election law amendments……but…… NEW
OdessaTalk 5 Days, 9 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
After returning from what can only be described as a less than successful ASEM Summit with regard to progress vis a vis The Kremlin, President Poroshenko has signed the election law amendments relating to voter bribery. Thus it is now an offence for...
Internal displacement Ukraine – an enduring problem NEW
OdessaTalk 6 Days, 4 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Internal displacement of Ukrainian citizens leaving The Donbas –  simply sad reading – and likely to be an enduring issue with no easy or quick fix ahead. Nothing much else to be said.  ...
Odessa Port Side – Dmitry Firtash NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 9 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Odessa Port Side is a State owned entity of arguably some strategic value – which is why despite being rumoured to be on the privitisation lists of various Ukrainian governments over the years, it has after deliberation, never actually been sol...
Rococo and Realpolitik – ASEM Milan NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Today sees the start of the ASEM 10 Summit in Milan. A biannual forum created in 1996 for the Heads of State and governments to meet, set ASEM priorities, engage in dialogue and enhance to cooperation between Asia and Europe – and all that. Pre...
Operation Liquidation II – Kuchma on Odessa NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 2 Days, 9 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Many people know of Georgy Zhukov – one of the Soviet Union’s most famous military commanders and rightly recognised as a major decision maker and facilitator in the direction and outcome of World War II/The Great Patriotic War from the S...
Behind the scenes at the RADA today NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Rightly, the media attention will be focused on numerous laws and some appointments made within the Ukrainian RADA today. A new Defence Minister (again) was appointed. Laws were passed regarding the prosecutors office, transparency relating ownership...
The new RADA – “good enough” but not “good” NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Regular readers will have noted the daily entry was absent yesterday.  This was due to an afternoon with OSCE election observers ruminating over Ukrainian and more specifically Odessa politics. Following on from the last entry relating to the fo...
Election loyalties and tactical blunders – Odessa example NEW
OdessaTalk 1 Week, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Not so very long ago, by and large the Ukrainian voting constituency could be divided into Orange and Blue – or Tymoshenko and Yanukovych. Very much like other nations, many of those who voted Orange have never and would never vote Blue and vic...
A straightening of the lines – but of objectives too? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
What seems a very long time ago – but is only just over a week ago, this tweet was sent: A straightening of the demarcation lines through “ceasefire gains” for a military “freeze” before the cold weather? pic.twitter.com...
Political Sustainability NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Way back on 1st July, this entry questioned the sustainability of the “People’s Republics” in eastern Ukraine – as well as the prospects of a certain personality at the time.  17 days later, the predictions for that...
Rogozin’s “nuclear surprise” – What matters? NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 9 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Here is a good article by The Jamestown Foundation relating to the modernisation of the Russian Federation’s nuclear military capacities – and for anybody who follows Dmitry Rogozin closely, the usual slightly ambitious rhetoric. Whilst M...
Ukraine passes anti-corruption bills…..and….. NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Unsurprisingly, today saw the Ukrainian RADA pass (at the first reading) legislation to create an Anti-corruption Bureau – 278 votes in favour, and an anti-corruption strategy 2014 – 2017 with 256 votes in favour. Anti #corruption bureau...
Too big not to fail? – Naftogaz NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Having mentioned the EU 3rd Energy Package several times recently, and the restructuring of Naftogaz Ukraine that would necessarily imply, perhaps a few words are in order regarding Naftogaz Ukraine. Unbundling the gas transport system from the gas p...
Not the best of presents for a Presidential birthday NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Tuesday 7th October is Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin’s 62nd birthday. It is now, also to be the date where in all probability, the currently sitting Verkhovna Rada will formally put an end to the legally held non-aligned status of...
Accepting the “OK” in the pursuit of the “good” NEW
OdessaTalk 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Yesterday President Poroshenko stated officially that he would sign the lustration law – despite acknowledging its numerous flaws. “I’ve thoroughly studied the draft Law “On Purification of Government” in the version tha...