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  • 14 Jan 2011 12:30 PM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user
    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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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  • 23 Dec 2010 10:10 AM | Deleted user

    Stockholm tribunal obliges Russia to pay $3.5 mln to Yukos minority shareholder

    The Stockholm arbitration tribunal has found Russia liable for expropriating the investment of a minority shareholder of the now defunct oil giant Yukos and obliged it to pay $3.5 million in compensation, the Investment Arbitration Reporter website said on Thursday [Dec 23 2010].
    Read Entire Story: http://en.rian.ru/business/20101223/161899731.html

     

  • 22 Dec 2010 6:38 PM | Deleted user

    The Ukrainian American Bar Association extends greetings to the Kyiv University of Law of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine on the school’s 15th Anniversary.

    Click to See English Letter  Click to See Ukrainian Letter

  • 22 Dec 2010 6:11 PM | Deleted user

    Curtailing Ukraine's Education -- Commentary by A. Motyl

    Ukraine's government has just reorganized and formed the Ministry of Education, Science, Youth and Sports. Alexander J. Motyl observes that putting sports and education into the same category is as backwards as Ukraine's former Soviet-run education system. But that's not the only problem with the reorganization. It's the new minister. Read More
    http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/new/blogs/motyl/Who_Needs_Education

     

  • 15 Dec 2010 8:21 PM | Deleted user
    BY: Alexander J. Motyl
    This year’s Holodomor Remembrance Day, the November 27th commemoration of the Stalin-engineered famine of 1932–33 that killed between 3 and 4 million Ukrainians, took place with some interesting background developments.

    Two days before, Israeli President Shimon Peres enjoined Ukrainians to “forget history.” One day before, Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich called the Holodomor an “Armageddon” and asked Ukrainians not to forget it. And in the months preceding the commemoration, the chorus of distinguished scholars who consider the Holodomor genocide acquired two American members

    Read entire article http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/new/blogs/motyl/Holodomor_History_and_Other_Dilemmas

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