Tuesday 29 January 2008
October 04, 2007
Real Action At CIS Summit Likely To Be On Sidelines
October 4, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Migration policy, counterterrorism, and military cooperation will all be on the official agenda when the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) holds its summit on October 5-6 in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe. But the real action will be on the sidelines.
October 04, 2007
Gazprom Sends Message To Nascent Parliament
The timing of Gazprom's threat to reduce supplies to Ukraine by the end of October unless outstanding debts are paid is curious, coming as the votes of Ukraine's parliamentary elections are still being counted and with the formation of a new government on the way.
October 03, 2007
For Now, Only Thing Certain Is Uncertainty
Even with more than 99 percent of the votes counted, Ukraine's parliamentary elections remain a nail-biter. What appeared to be a small but clear-cut victory for Ukraine's two pro-Western blocs has dwindled away as vote-counting nears the final stages.
October 02, 2007
Two Leading Parties Each Claiming Victory In Ukrainian Elections
October 2, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The latest figures provided by Ukraine's Central Election Commission show that with 96 percent of the September 30 parliamentary vote counted, the Party of Regions, headed by Russia-backed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, leads with 34 percent.
October 01, 2007
Ukraine's Tymoshenko, Yanukovych Vie For Wafer-Thin Victory
Ukrainians have once again cast their ballots to elect a new parliament, and once again the vote was marked by the confusion and intrigue that have characterized Ukrainian politics in recent years. Two rival parties are now claiming victory.
September 27, 2007
Ukraine: Playing The Populist Card
Ukrainians can read populism into the campaign (AFP) September 27, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- If Ukrainians are to believe the promises being made by the parties participating in the country's early parliamentary elections, their lives should improve regardless of who wins. The major players in the September 30 polls have all made generous pledges to the electorate. The question is how they plan to overcome the mathematical impossibility of paying for all that has been promised.
September 26, 2007
East: Ex-Soviet Countries Score Badly On 2007 Corruption List
An Azerbaijani cartoon against graft in education (file) (official site) September 26, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The countries of the former Soviet Union, except for the Baltic states, remain among the most corrupt in the world, according to Transparency International. The findings are in an annual survey issued today by the global corruption watchdog.
September 23, 2007
'No State Should Limit OSCE’s Support For Civil Society'
Disagreements about election monitoring. An inconclusive report on Georgia's missile incident. And the recent walkout by a U.S. delegation. Ahead of a major summit, RFE/RL speaks to the head of a U.S. delegation to the OSCE about the organization's effectiveness.
September 21, 2007
Jailed Belarusian Politician's Wife In Cancer Campaign
Kazulina learned she had breast cancer on the day her husband was arrested at an opposition rally (file) (Bymedia.net) September 21, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Iryna Kazulina, the politically active wife of imprisoned opposition leader Alyaksandr Kazulin, has launched a campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer.