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Archive - 2004

2004

Ukraine: long term implications

Nick at A Fistful of Euros has an interesting article up about what the Ukraine crisis could mean for the EU a couple of decades from now. I have a feeling that the Ukrainian crisis may, when we look back at it from ten...

Kuchma to flee to Russia?

The Sunday Times today passes on an interesting rumour that Russia is going to offer sanctuary Ukraine’s outgoing President Leonid Kuchma should he be forced to flee .  The Russian president, Vladimir Putin...

News roundup

Much of my focus has been on Ukraine recently, and coverage of Russia has suffered.  To balance things out somewhat, here is a brief roundup of what has been going on there for the past week or so.  I’m...

Where did all the time go?

The BBC reports that the crisis in Ukraine is hitting the economy hard.  Foreign trade down $4 million per day, the country has lost $184 million in tax revenue, and the government has had to spend $400 million of...

Time to think the unthinkable?

Concerns are rising that Ukraine is about to split into two.  A lot of this is scaremongering, and actually things do look relatively calm on the streets, but the risk of conflict remains very real and I wonder if...

Ukrainian electoral fraud caught on video

Reuters has an amateur video from Ukraine which seems to be showing electoral fraud: Yuschenko party officials being beaten up. People being bused from polling station to polling station in government vans. A Janitor...

Russians troops in Ukraine

(Note:  I’ve written more on Russia and Ukraine since this post – head to the home page for more). One of the wilder rumours flying around Ukraine right now is that Russian troops have been flown in and...

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