Sunday, October 26, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Ukraine To Elect New Parliament

Ukrainians will vote in parliamentary elections on October 26 expected to put the country on a pro-Western path in an event President Petro Poroshenko has called "historic."
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Taking Measure Of The Ukrainian Mind-Set

How have Ukrainian attitudes toward the EU, Russia, and NATO changed? Is it possible to conduct opinion polls in the Donbas? And why is support for the Ukrainian Communist Party in decline?
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Campaign Ends Ahead Of Ukraine Vote

Voting will not take place in 14 districts of eastern Ukraine currently under the control of the separatists.
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Putin Admits Helping Yanukovych Flee

Russian President Vladimir Putin has admitted publicly for the first time that Russia helped Viktor Yanukovych flee Ukraine after he was ousted as president of that country in February.
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French OK Ablyazov Extradition

An appellate court in the French city of Lyon has authorized the extradition of fugitive Kazakh banker Mukhtar Ablyazov.
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Ukraine’s Euromaidan Drives Up Price Of...Illegal Vote Buying

Some Ukrainians are still prepared to sell their votes -- even in the wake of the Euromaidan uprising against corruption and sleaze. But the price tag has spiked significantly amid a state crackdown on the practice.
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Ukraine's Heating Crisis Triggers Fire Sale Of Rare Plants At Kyiv Botanical Garden

The central botanical garden in Ukraine's capital is selling off scores of exotic plants on the cheap after it closed various greenhouses amid looming central-heating woes and the Russia-Ukraine gas crisis.
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Ukraine Conflict Displaces More Than 800,000

The United Nations says the conflict in Ukraine has forced more than 800,000 people from their homes.
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Yanukovych-Era Health Minister Wanted For Embezzlement

Ukraine's prosecutor-general has added former deputy prime minister and health minister Raisa Bohatyrova to a wanted list for alleged embezzlement.
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End Of The Orange-Blue Divide: Ukraine Vote May Produce New Political Landscape

As Ukrainians go to the polls on October 26, a new, pro-European consensus seems to be forming, as even ethnic-Russian Ukrainians look skeptically at Vladimir Putin's Russia.
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