Editor’s Note: The following is an investigation conducted with the support of Objective Investigative Reporting Project, funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Oksana Lyachynska is a freelance journalist and former Kyiv Post staff writer. Re-publication of this story is encouraged with proper credits.
The new, post-revolutionary Ukraine looks a lot like the old Ukraine in many areas – courts, prosecutors and Soviet-style bureaucracy – but also, conspicuously, in media ownership.
One year after the start of the EuroMaidan Revolution that drove President Viktor Yanukovych from power on Feb. 21, five political parties elected on Oct. 26 to Ukraine’s parliament have signed a coalition agreement bringing the country closer to the West and committing it to pursuing European Union integration and NATO membership.
Information is one of the battlefields in the war launched by Russia against Ukraine and, many believe, the entire democratic world. Every soldier on this informational front matters, especially for Ukraine, a nation with no time to lose, as it is beset by a Kremlin-led war and a shrinking economy.
What does the Russian propaganda war mean for Ukraine and the world? How do you fight it? Experts from the United States, Britain and Ukraine attempted to answer these and other questions at the Kyiv Post Tiger Conference. Below are some of the highlights from their talks.
Sanoma Media, Finland's media business giant, have announced that they will shut down the Ukrainian versions of Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Men's Health and National Geographic monthly magazines, as well as Domashniy Ochag, another publication that the company markets in Ukraine and Russia.
While the country is busy dealing with military and economic challenges, a truck in Kyiv is freely hauling sand up to the top of a historic hill while tractor spreads it around.
While Ukraine has done a lot to overcome Russia’s propaganda over the last year, much more is needed, including building an effective communication strategy instead of simply engaging in counter-propaganda.
chief executive officer at Noblet Media CIS
"Clear economic action plan, real corruption fight and transparent relationships between governmental bodies will win the information war. Our colleagues from the European Union tell us that Ukraine has to do changes instead of asking for help all the time. … Government has to deliver some results of what was stated by them: corruption fight, economic reforms and "no populism" discussions."
Hundreds of people rallied in front of Kyiv city hall on Oct. 31 to demand an investigation into a fire that recently destroyed the popular Zhovten cinema. They also called for reconstruction of the historic building and Kyiv’s oldest move theater built in 1930, which has been the subject of a years-long rent dispute.
With many pro-European politicians winning seats in parliament, some 64 former lawmakers who supported so callled "dictator laws" during the waning days of deposed president Viktor Yanukovych, are making it to parliament again.
The Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front, party of Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovy Samopomich, Opposition Bloc, Oleh Lyashko’s Radical Party, nationalists Svoboda and Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna get into the parliament according to the results of exit polls.
The hottest race on these elections in Kyiv is expected to be in Obolon district 217 where the popular commander of the Azov Battalion, known for his ultra-nationalist views, is running against former Party of Regions deputy and controversial construction company manager in a company of other 26 candidates.
Sergiy Tigipko, leader of the Strong Ukraine party who later supported ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, will need a strong turnout among his supporters to get into parliament. According to one recent poll, the former deputy prime minister’s party stands at 5.6 percent support, barely about the 5 percent threshold.
In Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, a center of Ukraine’s heavy industry and the second most populous region with more than 3.3 million people, competition for a seat in an parliament at the upcoming Oct. 26 elections is high.
Some 133 lawmakers who voted to curb free speech and free assembly in a failed bid to keep President Viktor Yanukovych in power are on the ballot for the Oct. 26 election, an election watchdog says.
Where: Balakliya in Kharkiv Oblast.
Polling stations: 162.
Number of voters: 147,550.
Number of candidates: 11.
Where: Dzerzhynskiy region of Kharkiv city.
Polling stations: 88.
Number of voters: 169,341.
Number of candidates: 20.
Where: Prymorskiy region of Odesa
Polling stations: 98
Number of voters: 180,297
Number of candidates: 47
After canceling its traditional humor fest on April 1 because of Ukraine’s endless tragedies, the Black Sea port city of Odesa is finally set to have some excitement again during the Oct. 26 parliamentary election.
Despite Ukraine’s great potential in agriculture, it has nothing to boast about when it comes to its dairy business. Ukrainian raw milk is more expensive than in most European countries, while the quality of its dairy products is often lower.