Category Archives: Verkhovna Rada

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

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

HAVING THE CAKE AND EATING IT TOO

Mykola Riabchuk On the eve of President Vikto Yanukovych’s visit to Moscow on December 19, many Ukrainian experts were confident that the game was over and the beleaguered Ukrainian president would accept Putin’s invitation to the Customs Union as a

HAVING THE CAKE AND EATING IT TOO

Mykola Riabchuk On the eve of President Vikto Yanukovych’s visit to Moscow on December 19, many Ukrainian experts were confident that the game was over and the beleaguered Ukrainian president would accept Putin’s invitation to the Customs Union as a

Playing the Identity Card

Mykola Riabchuk If one observes a significant number of politicians talking about the “protection of Russian language” and “closer ties with Russia,” one can be sure that an election campaign in Ukraine is in full swing. The goal of the

Playing the Identity Card

Mykola Riabchuk If one observes a significant number of politicians talking about the “protection of Russian language” and “closer ties with Russia,” one can be sure that an election campaign in Ukraine is in full swing. The goal of the

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

Democracy on the Run

David Marples Belarusians vote Sunday in the presidential elections, the first since 2006. In Kyiv, Ukraine, anyone with access to the Internet could watch the mass brawl in the Parliament on Thursday. Meanwhile, in Moscow, thousands of extremists rioted and

Democracy on the Run

David Marples Belarusians vote Sunday in the presidential elections, the first since 2006. In Kyiv, Ukraine, anyone with access to the Internet could watch the mass brawl in the Parliament on Thursday. Meanwhile, in Moscow, thousands of extremists rioted and

Flawed by Design: the Local Elections in Ukraine

By Mykola Riabchuk On the eve of Ukrainian local elections scheduled for October 31 relatively few people and virtually no experts believed they would be free and fair – and with good reason. The first shot at the optimists’ hopes

Flawed by Design: the Local Elections in Ukraine

By Mykola Riabchuk On the eve of Ukrainian local elections scheduled for October 31 relatively few people and virtually no experts believed they would be free and fair – and with good reason. The first shot at the optimists’ hopes

Circus at the Rada

Zenon Zawada Kyiv Bureau Editor The Ukrainian Weekly The latest opposition protest at the Verkhovna Rada, on September 7, resembled a three-ring circus that revealed the increasing radicalization and tension in Ukrainian politics, which appears to be poised for a

Circus at the Rada

Zenon Zawada Kyiv Bureau Editor The Ukrainian Weekly The latest opposition protest at the Verkhovna Rada, on September 7, resembled a three-ring circus that revealed the increasing radicalization and tension in Ukrainian politics, which appears to be poised for a

On the Importance of Being Candid

Mykola Riabchuk Dmytro Potekhin, an activist of the youth movement that played an important role during the Orange Revolution, has recently circulated a number of questions that may look rhetorical at first glance but, like the childish questions of Voltaire’s

On the Importance of Being Candid

Mykola Riabchuk Dmytro Potekhin, an activist of the youth movement that played an important role during the Orange Revolution, has recently circulated a number of questions that may look rhetorical at first glance but, like the childish questions of Voltaire’s

Blockading the Verkhovna Rada

Kateryna Malyhina For nearly a month Ukraine’s legislature has been paralyzed. The Party of Regions (PR) is blocking the work of the Parliament. The cause is the secret letter to NATO about Ukraine’s accession to the Membership Action Plan that

Blockading the Verkhovna Rada

Kateryna Malyhina For nearly a month Ukraine’s legislature has been paralyzed. The Party of Regions (PR) is blocking the work of the Parliament. The cause is the secret letter to NATO about Ukraine’s accession to the Membership Action Plan that

The 2007 Parliamentary Elections: Winners, Losers, and Coalition Prospects

By Ilya Khineyko On 30 September, for the second time in two years, Ukraine held parliamentary elections, which were recognized as free and fair by international observers from the West and Russia. Five blocs and parties: the Our Ukraine –

The 2007 Parliamentary Elections: Winners, Losers, and Coalition Prospects

By Ilya Khineyko On 30 September, for the second time in two years, Ukraine held parliamentary elections, which were recognized as free and fair by international observers from the West and Russia. Five blocs and parties: the Our Ukraine –

The election campaign in Ukraine is already underway

Ukraine takes a decisive step closer to parliamentary elections after 155 Verkhovna Rada deputies surrender their mandates. By Ilya Khineyko On June 15 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the 5th session ceased to exist. By the morning of that

The election campaign in Ukraine is already underway

Ukraine takes a decisive step closer to parliamentary elections after 155 Verkhovna Rada deputies surrender their mandates. By Ilya Khineyko On June 15 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the 5th session ceased to exist. By the morning of that