A court in Kiev sentenced the country’s most prominent opposition politician, Yulia V. Tymoshenko, to seven years in prison. European leaders have condemned the case as politically motivated, and hinted that they are unlikely to ratify a free trade and association agreement with Ukraine, a project four years in the making. … “This is an […]Read more "Tymoshenko sentenced to 7 years in prison, protest tonight in Toronto"
Reuters sums up this case very well in only a few short paragraphs: Ukraine’s state prosecutor on Tuesday asked for a seven-year jail sentence to be passed on former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in a trial which the West has warned can rebound on the country’s hopes of joining the European mainstream. Tymoshenko, 50, Ukraine’s […]Read more "Tymoshenko’s fate decided next week"
Ukraine today marks 20 years of independence. President Viktor Yanukovych will take part in ceremonies in Kyiv. Amid a budgetary squeeze, a planned military parade in the Ukrainian capital was scrapped to save $20 million. Read the rest of the article Only Yanukovych’s planned celebrations are allowed in Kyiv, while any others were banned. Democracy […]Read more "Ukraine celebrates 20 years of independence–its longest, but for how much longer?"
A very interesting piece in Newsweek about coerced confessions in criminal investigations by police in Ukraine and elsewhere in Eastern Europe: It took photographer Donald Weber more than five years to get access to an interrogation room in Ukraine, a country where most criminal convictions come from confessions. Once inside, he looked not to the […]Read more "Inside the Ukrainian Interrogation Room [Article]"
A few quick videos to watch to start out your work week. The first is from PBS NewsHour: Nearly 8 Years After the ‘Orange Revolution,’ Ukraine Runs Into Reversals and the other from Maidan: Ukraine. A Banana Republic Forever?! (about Members of Parliament who’s votes are submitted for them along party lines while in absentia). Enjoy! […]Read more "From Orange Revolution to Banana Republic (Videos)"