In this article the importance and best practices of systemic reforms undertaken by Poland and Georgia that are relevant for Ukraine have been outlined.
Russian engineer Gennady Kravtsov had been sentenced to 14 years maximum security prison, so the Supreme Court’s reduction of the sentence to 6 years could have been worse.
It is one year exactly since President Petro Poroshenko put forward Viktor Shokin as Prosecutor General, a post Shokin controversially holds to this day.
My recent Kyiv Post op-ed on the “Singapore Challenge” highlighted the important elements and the benefits of a successful anti-corruption program, but left out some important differences between conditions in Singapore and those of Ukraine. One such (very important) difference is the continuity of the one ruling party in power for over 40 years, and the 30-year stewardship of the anti-corruption program by the one Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew. Ukraine’s President and Prime Minister have held power for only 18 months and the sharing of executive authority between two offices generally slows momentum for reform.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin disregards arms control agreements, places sophisticated weapons close to NATO’s borders, and deliberately sows uncertainty over his intentions.
Editor's Note: The following are remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt at the Collegium on Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Justice Reform in Kyiv on Feb. 10.
The scheduled Feb. 12 meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in Cuba is important for a number of reasons and we should pray that it be guided by the Holy Spirit.
The tussle in Ukraine over corruption in business and government, and mostly unsuccessful reformist efforts are having repercussions in Ukrainian-American circles. Focus on crisis in the European Union is not far behind.
When the Cold War closed many people believed that history had ended. Europe was certain to be free and undivided. Alas, it hasn’t worked out that way. But no worries. At least NATO officials are happy. Following Russian intervention in Georgia and Ukraine the alliance rediscovered a sense of purpose through its old enemy, Moscow.
Ukraine’s restructured Eurobonds have been massive under-performers over the past week or so, following the resignation of Aivaras Abromavicius as economy minister on Feb. 2. He resigned along with his full team of deputy ministers. (Ukraine 7.75% 09/01/19s, for example, are down by close to 8-9 price points since the news broke, with yields rising well over 300bps, a crushing move.)
There is something odd about the upcoming Dutch plebiscite on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. On April 6, the Netherlands will hold a national referendum on a treaty between Brussels and Kyiv that was signed in 2014 and ratified in 2015. Yet, the European Union and the European Community have, during the last sixty years, concluded dozens of association, free trade, stabilization, and cooperation agreements with countries around the world.
Gennady Afanasyev has been moved to a ‘prison-type cell’, one of the worst forms of punishment in the Russian prison system.
Ruslan Leviev, Russian blogger and head of the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), is convinced that the order for the offensive on Debaltseve in Donbas was issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
One of the most startling examples of the adage "there are two sides to every story" is the difference in perceptions over the implementation of the Minsk Agreements between Ukraine and Russia.
Alexander Gogun’s excellent study, Stalin’s Commandos: Ukrainian Partisan Forces on the Eastern Front, sometimes reads like an analysis of Putin’s commandos in the eastern Donbas. In both cases, the official Moscow line was and is that they’re a popular movement generated by discontent from below.
After centuries of nearly continuous foreign control, we Ukrainians achieved our independence from the Soviet Union 25 years ago, in 1991. In 2005, after a fraudulent election brought Viktor Yanukovych into power, our Orange Revolution helped defeat him. And this month, we mark two years since Maidan — the Revolution of Dignity — when we overthrew kleptocratic rule by Yanukovych a second time.
The on and off narratives about global warming, climate change, and the avalanche of mass migration into Europe from the Third World are often shrouded in political correctness, unintended self-deception as well as prolific nonsense.