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Yevgenia Tymoshenko Appeals for her Mother’s Release

Yevgenia Tymoshenko Appeals for her Mother’s Release

“Believe me: This is a serious threat to the democracy in Ukraine,” Yevgenia Tymoshenko said, her voice disembodied, almost ghostly, her expression intent. She glanced around at the handful of journalists gathered for the press conference at Vienna’s Presseclub Concordia on 13 September. The 32-year-old businesswoman and daughter of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko […]

Talks on Transnistria

Talks on Transnistria

Representatives from Germany, Russia and Moldova continued talks at a quaint lakeside town in Bavaria to discuss the future of a Russian-speaking breakaway region in Moldova. The meeting took place from 20 to 22 Jun in Rottach-Egern on the Tegernsee as part of the OSCE’s “5+2 Talks” focusing on the future of Transnistria, a 100km-long […]

A More Tolerant Poland

A More Tolerant Poland

For many Poles, co-hosting Euro 2012 was a chance to showcase their country on the international stage. After all, it would be the biggest international event staged in Poland since the collapse of communism: Millions of euros were pumped into improving the stadiums and Poland’s often maligned transportation infrastructure and, despite initial fears, all these […]

Bloodlands: Worthy – With Reservations

When Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin was first published in English in 2010, it met with almost universal acclaim in the United States; they saw it as a taboo-breaker, with the crimes of Hitler and Stalin seen in relation to each other, sharing a time and place, and thus a history of the era […]

Ukraine & the European Football Championship: Foul play

Hotels in the Ukraine have broken off contracts with foreign travel agencies and inflated their prices ahead of the UEFA European football championships which the country is co-hosting with Poland from 8 June to 1 July, Der Spiegel revealed. TUI, a German travel agency, had to re-negotiate the terms for over one third of the rooms […]

Yulia Tymoshenko: Letter from Prison

It has been said that there are no atheists in a foxhole. Here, after my show trial and four and a half months in a cell, I have discovered that there are no atheists in prison, either. When, despite unbearable pain, you are interrogated – including in your cell – for dozens of hours without […]

Vienna and Chernobyl

This account of the repercussions of Chernobyl  in Vienna was originally published in The Advertiser in Australia, in 1986 and is re-printed here by permission of the author. “What is this radiation stuff all about?” my eight-year-old son asked as he dashed through the door after school. He was annoyed, and implied that Mum and […]

The Meaning of Chernobyl

It began as a grey and muddy spring day, like so many others in my homeland. It ended in dread and mourning. Of course, none of us knew the precise moment when catastrophe struck at Chernobyl 25 years ago. Back then, we lived under a system that denied ordinary people any right whatsoever to know […]

Ukrainian Democracy: A Fait Accompli?

This year’s Ukrainian presidential elections could go down as a milestone in the history of democracy in former Soviet Union. What is apparent even now is the paradigm shift that has taken place in Ukrainian politics. The heroes of the 2005 Orange Revolution – former president Viktor Yushchenko and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko – […]

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