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VOLODYMYR VIATROVYCH AND UKRAINE’S DE-COMMUNIZATION LAWS

David Marples Volodymyr Viatrovych’s response to the Open Letter [http://krytyka.com/en/solutions/opinions/decommunization-and-academic-discussion], written and signed by some 70 scholars from North America, Western Europe, and Ukraine in response to the April 9, 2015, laws makes a number of unwarranted assumptions about our intentions

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VOLODYMYR VIATROVYCH AND UKRAINE’S DE-COMMUNIZATION LAWS

David Marples Volodymyr Viatrovych’s response to the Open Letter [http://krytyka.com/en/solutions/opinions/decommunization-and-academic-discussion], written and signed by some 70 scholars from North America, Western Europe, and Ukraine in response to the April 9, 2015, laws makes a number of unwarranted assumptions about our intentions

A Voice From The Field of Battle And Governmental Duplicity

Myroslav Marynovych In what way is today’s regime in Ukraine any different than the Bolshevik regime? The Communists committed crimes driven by ideology while Yanukovych’s regime is doing the same, only basing its actions on criminal logic. The government has

A Voice From The Field of Battle And Governmental Duplicity

Myroslav Marynovych In what way is today’s regime in Ukraine any different than the Bolshevik regime? The Communists committed crimes driven by ideology while Yanukovych’s regime is doing the same, only basing its actions on criminal logic. The government has

Parliamentary Titushkism

Halya Coynash Whether the blow inflicted on Ukraine’s fragile democracy last week proves fatal will depend on a number of factors, not all linked with the EuroMaidan mass demonstrations.  The blitzkrieg attack was so brazen, both in method and ammunition

Parliamentary Titushkism

Halya Coynash Whether the blow inflicted on Ukraine’s fragile democracy last week proves fatal will depend on a number of factors, not all linked with the EuroMaidan mass demonstrations.  The blitzkrieg attack was so brazen, both in method and ammunition

Compliance Rituals

Halya Coynash President Yanukovych has announced that if parliament adopts a law allowing his imprisoned political opponent Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for treatment, he will sign it. It would then, he stressed, need a court ruling. This may

Compliance Rituals

Halya Coynash President Yanukovych has announced that if parliament adopts a law allowing his imprisoned political opponent Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for treatment, he will sign it. It would then, he stressed, need a court ruling. This may

The Real Barricades

Halya Coynash With the critical Vilnius Summit approaching in November and Russia making its position on EU-Ukraine Association  – together with readiness to use unacceptable weapons – all too clear, there is mounting pressure to view the issue in very

The Real Barricades

Halya Coynash With the critical Vilnius Summit approaching in November and Russia making its position on EU-Ukraine Association  – together with readiness to use unacceptable weapons – all too clear, there is mounting pressure to view the issue in very

A Public Watchdog with a Difference

Halya Coynash Plans last year by Ukraine’s ruling Party of the Regions to reintroduce criminal liability for libel rightly sent alarm bells ringing both in Ukraine and abroad. Scope for abuse given the judiciary’s notorious corruption and increasingly eroded independence was

A Public Watchdog with a Difference

Halya Coynash Plans last year by Ukraine’s ruling Party of the Regions to reintroduce criminal liability for libel rightly sent alarm bells ringing both in Ukraine and abroad. Scope for abuse given the judiciary’s notorious corruption and increasingly eroded independence was

Not Just One Trial

Halya Coynash In an interview otherwise unconstrained by considerations of accuracy, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov did get one thing right.  It would indeed be unwarranted to link Ukraine’s European integration with one trial alone.  The unique opportunity offered by the

Not Just One Trial

Halya Coynash In an interview otherwise unconstrained by considerations of accuracy, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov did get one thing right.  It would indeed be unwarranted to link Ukraine’s European integration with one trial alone.  The unique opportunity offered by the

Ukraine’s Bar Under Fire

Halya Coynash Ukrainian advocates have become the latest targets in a concentrated drive over the last three years to create a malleable and dependent judiciary. The measures being applied to remove dissident voices and intimidate others bear stark resemblance to

Ukraine’s Bar Under Fire

Halya Coynash Ukrainian advocates have become the latest targets in a concentrated drive over the last three years to create a malleable and dependent judiciary. The measures being applied to remove dissident voices and intimidate others bear stark resemblance to

Canned Democracy

Halya Coynash It was a bad week for democracy in Ukraine with formal democratic processes as close to the real thing as canned laughter on a TV show to genuine mirth. The door to Europe, and specifically the EU-Ukraine Association

Canned Democracy

Halya Coynash It was a bad week for democracy in Ukraine with formal democratic processes as close to the real thing as canned laughter on a TV show to genuine mirth. The door to Europe, and specifically the EU-Ukraine Association

Electoral Songs

Mykola Riabchuk In three weeks’ time, on the last Sunday of October, Ukrainians will elect 450 members of the new parliament, half of them from the national party list, and half from territorial districts. Opinion polls reveal more or less

Electoral Songs

Mykola Riabchuk In three weeks’ time, on the last Sunday of October, Ukrainians will elect 450 members of the new parliament, half of them from the national party list, and half from territorial districts. Opinion polls reveal more or less

DUPING THE PUSSY-CATS

Mykola Riabchuk The last hopes some Ukrainians harbored for president’s veto over the highly divisive language bill, faded away on August 8, after Viktor Yanukovych signed it into law http://www.president.gov.ua/news/24960.html. The result was largely predictable since the promotion of Russian

DUPING THE PUSSY-CATS

Mykola Riabchuk The last hopes some Ukrainians harbored for president’s veto over the highly divisive language bill, faded away on August 8, after Viktor Yanukovych signed it into law http://www.president.gov.ua/news/24960.html. The result was largely predictable since the promotion of Russian

LANGUAGE LAW A PLOY TO DISTRACT VOTERS

David Marples On July 3, the Ukrainian Parliament passed the second draft of a language law that would grant official status to minority languages in areas in which they are spoken by at least 10% of the population. Its acceptance

LANGUAGE LAW A PLOY TO DISTRACT VOTERS

David Marples On July 3, the Ukrainian Parliament passed the second draft of a language law that would grant official status to minority languages in areas in which they are spoken by at least 10% of the population. Its acceptance