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Swivel-eyed cosmopolitanism - Odessa

Odessa it is often said, is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Ukraine – and it is.  It has always been a cosmopolitan city throughout Greek, Roman, Ottoman, Tsarist, Soviet and contemporary times.   1,031 more words

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Saakashvili casting his net? Foreign educated English speakers required

Now here’s an interesting little development – though not entirely unexpected.  It is fair to say the idea has been “mulled over” for a few weeks. 101 more words

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Shifting political "lefty" sands and strange goings-on - Ukraine

Minor palpitations seem to be occurring within the Ukrainian loony left of the political spectrum.

In Odessa, without any forewarning, not any comment post incident, Yevgeny Tsarov, Head of the Odessa Regional Communist Party, handed control of the Communist Party building in the city to the Right Sector – something that looking at their Facebook site was unexpected, and initially greeted with some cynicism and skepticism. 498 more words

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To avoid conscription/mobilization, pay here - Odessa

That the Ukrainian military has been historically corrupt is an understatement.

That it remains so in a time of war, is perhaps not surprising.  War has a habit of producing “external entrepreneurs” and “internal fixers”. 2,442 more words

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Opening a civil front - Odessa

With all the headlines that accompanied, and will continue to accompany, the appointment of Mikheil Saakashvili as the new Governor of Odessa Oblast, it is easy to forget about his predecessor, Igor Palitsa. 656 more words

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Limitations of power - Saakashvili's problem

After a few emailed requests from regular readers in response to questions arising from several recent posts leading up to, and following, the appointment of Governor Saakashvili in Odessa Oblast – despite stating repeatedly that the dust must be allowed to settle before making any knee-jerk judgement – there are a few matters that can be addressed relating to the questions received. 1,900 more words

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The Georgian Who Would Be Governor: Saakashvili in Odessa

On 29 May 2015, the current Ukrainian government made a jaw-dropping move. As if Kiev’s controversial de-communization laws were not enough, the new government decided to appoint Georgia’s provocative ex-president Mikheil “Misha” Saakashvili to the post of governor of the Odessa Oblast. 1,386 more words

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