The European Court of Human Rights ruled today on what was already obvious: that Ukraine's imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on abuse-of-office charges was politically motivated -- or at least unrelated to the accusations themselves.
Yaroslav Rushchyshyn likes to call the antique clothing irons displayed at his Ukrainian factory the “backup line,” for when authorities punish him for criticizing government policies by shutting down the power.
Ukraine hoped the European soccer championships would showcase its progress since the Soviet Union collapsed. Instead, it’s shining the spotlight on accusations of political repression, graft and aging infrastructure.
Ukraine this week held a deeply flawed election, in which the main opposition leader was jailed and the biggest gains went to a party of neo-fascists, who appear to have won 10 percent of the vote. For a country that eight years ago staged an inspiring uprising to overturn a stolen election, it’s hard to imagine a more depressing outcome.
CHPP Sirius, a Ukrainian company owned by Mykola Shcherbina, an adviser to former president Viktor Yushchenko, will invest $2.2 billion in exploring for titanium in the Zhytomyr region, Interfax-Ukraine reported, citing Serhiy Ryzhuk, the head of the Zhytomyr regional state administration.
President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to spend $40 billion to cement Moscow’s ties with Kiev after five years of tension by cutting gas prices to Ukraine in return for an extended Russian naval presence in the Black Sea.
President Dmitry Medvedev awarded Ukraine $40 billion in natural-gas subsidies in return for a new lease on the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s naval base as the Kremlin strengthens ties with its neighbor after five years of tension.