Among the most publicized provocations of harassment of people was the March 13, 2015, search of the Simferopol residence of Natalia Kokorina, an ethnic Russian and editor of the Center of Journalistic Investigation. FSB employees raided the apartment of her parents and questioned Kokorina. Last spring, Sergei Mokrushin—also an ethnic Russian journalist—was expelled from Kerch, a city in Crimea. In July 2014, he and a colleague, Vladlen Melnikov, were beaten by the so-called Crimean "self-defense," a unit linked to Sergei Aksenov, the self-proclaimed premier of the Crimean Republic. This paramilitary group enjoys official status thanks to a ruling by the republic's council.
Solohub, 37, took over in mid-March as Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). He was previously head of research at the Kyiv-based Raiffeisen Bank Aval.
Last week, Yevgeny Fedorov, a ruling party Duma majority member asked the Russian Prosecutor General's office to examine the 1991 recognition of the sovereignty of the Baltic states by the USSR State Council. The Prosecutor's office obliged.
Now, the same Fedorov and a colleague want to annul the creation of the State Council altogether as "an act of treason," and possibly put Mikhail Gorbachev on trial for the dismantlement of the Soviet Union.
Poland got its reforms right in the 1990s, and now plays a significant role in Ukraine's reform process. This is evident in the close relations between both country's leaders, the joint plenary session between both parliaments in January 2015, and support from Polish society. But Warsaw's role as Ukraine's advocate in the European Union is even more appreciated.
Ukraine’s Economy Minister: Unlike Greece, Ukraine is embracing reformsThe Greek financial crisis has diverted global attention away from Ukraine, but it also "sheds a positive light" on the Kyiv government's achievements, Ukrainian Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius said in a July 14 interview.
"Greece is rejecting reforms, and we are embracing reforms," said Abromavicius, who visited Washington for the first-ever US-Ukraine investment summit held a day earlier.
The economic situation is frightful with GDP falling by 17.6 percent in annualized terms in the first quarter and annual inflation reaching 61 percent in April. But much has gone right, more than Ukrainians usually notice.
Ukraine's situation is dire, but things don't look too good for Russia either. So far, Moscow's increased support of the rebels has only elicited tougher sanctions from the European Union, crippling the Russian economy. But there's a weak link: maintaining and perhaps strengthening the sanctions when necessary requires consensus among EU member states. This is why Russia is scheming to make some EU countries weary of this "economic war" even before Europe has fully recovered from the economic crisis, and jump ship.
Here’s Why the West Should Stop Pushing Decentralization NowIn the coming days the Ukrainian parliament is expected to debate a draft law that would amend Ukraine's Constitution on decentralization to expand local governments' powers.
The West has enthusiastically encouraged Ukraine to embrace decentralization, provide special status for the Donbas, and hold local elections in the areas under de-facto Russian occupation. Many Western politicians consider these steps a path toward de-escalation and implementation of the Minsk II ceasefire agreement.