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  • 20 Jan 2011 9:11 AM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Is Law School a Losing Game?

    NY Times  "... [A] generation of J.D.’s face the grimmest job market in decades. Since 2008, some 15,000 attorney and legal-staff jobs at large firms have vanished, according to a Northwestern Law study. Associates have been laid off, partners nudged out the door and recruitment programs have been scaled back or eliminated.
         And with corporations scrutinizing their legal expenses as never before, more entry-level legal work is now outsourced to contract temporary employees, both in the United States and in countries like India. It’s common to hear lawyers fret about the sort of tectonic shift that crushed the domestic steel industry decades ago."
    Read Entire article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/business/09law.html?_r=1  

     

  • 19 Jan 2011 5:58 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    U.S. concerned over politicization of legal system in Ukraine

    Kyiv Post
    Washington is concerned about the politicization of the legal system in Ukraine, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Thomas Melia has said.

    "We are concerned about the politicization of the legal system, which is indeed happening. Ukraine is a complicated country, a country we would like to be good friends with, but the rapprochement with Ukraine is rather complicated by several trends that we can see," he told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday on his way to Kyiv.

    Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/95170/
  • 18 Jan 2011 11:31 AM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Ukraine's New Tax Code: Some Major Changes

    On 1 January 2011 the new Tax Code of Ukraine became effective, although a number of its provisions will become effective later. Some of the major changes concerning corporate profit tax ("CPT"), VAT and personal income tax ("PIT") are as describws in the following article pyblished by Asters Law Fim, Kyiv.
    Read Entire Article
    http://www.asterslaw.com/upload/medialibrary/newsletters/asters_newsletter_eng_18_01_11.html


     

     

  • 17 Jan 2011 1:02 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    SELECTIVE JUSTICE

    KYIV POST  Ukraine’s authorities stepped up arrests of political opponents over the winter holidays, amid growing international concern that the nation is sliding down an authoritarian path one year into the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych.
         In recent days, Ukraine’s law enforcement authorities arrested more than a dozen nationalist activists on suspicion of hooliganism, and are investigating a handful of participants from last fall’s tax protests.
         This post-New Year’s surge in activity by Ukrainian law enforcement doubles the number of oppositionists currently behind bars.
    Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/94776/#ixzz1BJiPRHBn

    CURRENT POLITICS IN UKRAINE INTERNET JOURNAL; By Mykola Rybchuk
         A prison cell might be not the best place to spend the New Year and Christmas holidays. But for a good number of top Ukrainian officials, including former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko and former Minister of Economy Bohdan Danylyshyn, this was exactly the place where they had to relax and meditate on the whims of fortune. It comes as little surprise that virtually all of them belong to the “Orange” camp that is today’s political opposition. Their leader, the former Prime-Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, was also summoned to the prosecutor’s office but was spared arrest on condition she would not leave the city during the pending investigation.
    Read More: http://ukraineanalysis.wordpress.com/2011/01/15/selective-justice/ 

  • 14 Jan 2011 12:35 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    The New Ukrainian Tax Code

    On 2 December 2010, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the Ukrainian Tax Code. The Tax Code (“UTC”) will become effective on 1 January 2011 (except for certain provisions).,

    Read Entire article: http://salans.com/~/media/Assets/Salans/Publications/2011/20110111-Salans-Kyiv-Client-Alert-New-Ukrainian-Tax-Code-Eng.ashx

  • 14 Jan 2011 12:30 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Ukraine's Parliament Repeals Tax on
    Foreign Currency Transactions

    Ukraine’s parliament abolished a tax on foreign currency transactions, meeting one of the International Monetary Fund’s requirements for the country’s $15.2 billion loan program.

    The legislation, which scraps a 0.5 percent duty on buying or selling foreign currencies through financial institutions, was backed by 248 lawmakers in the 450-seat legislature. The tax, introduced in 1998 to raise funds for the country’s pension fund, restrained foreign investment, according to the central bank.  Ukraine was forced to turn to the IMF for a bailout after the global financial crisis undermined economic growth and weakened the currency. The Washington-based lender approved the loan in July, the second since late 2008, and has disbursed $3.4 billion so far

    Source: Bloomberg News: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-13/ukraine-parliament-repeals-tax-on-foreign-currency-transactions.html 

  • 10 Jan 2011 3:26 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)
    Cracking Down and Cracking Up
    By. A. Motyl
    The dialectic was alive and well in Ukraine in 2010. On the one hand, the regime of President Viktor Yanukovych appeared strong, moving decisively toward authoritarianism. On the other hand, it appeared weak, manifesting a breathtaking serial incompetence.
    The transition from democracy consisted of three steps.
    Read Entire Article  http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/new/blogs/motyl/Cracking_Down_and_Cracking_Up

     

  • 08 Jan 2011 5:27 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Presidential Decree
    and Statute
    of
    the Commission on Strengthening of Democracy
    and Promotion of the Rule of Law

    read entire statute

    http://www.mfa.gov.ua/uno/en/news/detail/50202.htm

  • 03 Jan 2011 4:59 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Law pushing Ukraine toward totalitarianism comes into force

    The law on the protection of personal data called by human rights activists a step toward the infringement on the freedom of speech and freedom of access to information has come into force on Jan. 1, Ukrayinska Pravda Jan. 2 report says
    read article at http://zik.com.ua/en/news/2011/01/02/264927 

  • 30 Dec 2010 6:32 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    U.S. GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON INVESTIGATION OF UKRAINIAN OPPOSITION POLITICIANS

    Although as a rule the U.S. Government does not comment on the specifics of individual cases, we have raised with the Ukrainian government our concern that while corruption should be pursued, prosecution should not be selective or politically motivated.

    In that context, we also raised our concern that when, with few exceptions, the only senior officials being targeted are connected with the previous government, it gives the appearance of selective prosecution of political opponents.

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    30 грудня 2010 року

    ЗАЯВА УРЯДУ США ПРО РОЗСЛІДУВАННЯ ЩОДО УКРАЇНСЬКИХ ОПОЗИЦІЙНИХ ПОЛІТИКІВ

    Незважаючи на те, що уряд США, як правило, не коментує конкретики окремих справ, ми висловили українському уряду наше занепокоєння: з корупцію потрібно боротися, але переслідування правоохоронними органами не має бути вибірковим або політично вмотивованим.

    У цьому контексті ми також висловили свою стурбованість тим, що коли переслідують , за маленькими винятками, лише тих високопосадовців, які пов’язані з попереднім урядом, це виглядає як вибіркове переслідування політичних опонентів.


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