She watched Chornobyl Burn – Olena Mokhnyk’s Story

Note: This was a piece which I wrote for the Kyiv Weekly on the twentieth anniversary of the Chornobyl Nuclear Catastrophe in 2006. The Kyiv Weekly stopped publishing its English language edition some time earlier in 2014. So here is just the copy as I have it from my personal archives which I came across…

The Bitter Cold Truth

While I’m not experiencing it first hand at this very moment, I’m no stranger to cold weather having grown up in Canada. With 122 people now dead in Ukraine due to the extremely frosty weather Ukraine has been experiencing for just over the last week one has to wonder what really is happening in Ukraine.…

Special Ops? Who is she trying to kid?

When something goes wrong it seems that most Ukrainian public officials always try to find someone else to blame, and this in most cases, is due to one or two factors: The first being their pompousness and the second being their incredibly low level of professionalism, and I mean professionalism in all of aspects, one…

A vindictive form of justice

The lack of an independent judiciary in Ukraine prevents it from becoming part of the civilized world, undermines the principles of Ukraine’s Constitution, and the most basic rights and freedoms which it is supposed to guarantee. The lawlessness of the current regime is nothing more than a vendetta against those who were trying to bring…

Capable of leadership or just another political project?

As the current regime has clearly decided that they will not only pass judgment but will determine what the former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko’s, sentence will be in the nearest future, there has been a great deal of speculation of who will be the opposition. At this point the spin doctors of the project that…

In memory of Ilko Kucheriv

Saturday May 29, 2010 was a sad day and writing about the passing of a friend is difficult for anyone. During the frenzy of phone calls and chatting with friends from all over the world about our common loss I was asked to write something in memory of Ilko Kucheriv for Ukraine Business, well here…

The end: Ohtaj Humbat ohli Makhmudov, 1961-2006

A refugee, and a survivor of crime and tragedy who thought God would keep him safe in the lions’ den Macleans magazine, Toronto, Canada July 24, 2006 Ohtaj Humbat ohli Makhmudov was born in 1961 in the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic’s Kyudamyrsky region. His father, Humbat, was head of the regional party council of the…

Telenor may sell Kyivstar through deal

The deal worth at least $5 billion signals that neither side is willing to find common ground ld settle its long-standing dispute with Russia’s Alfa Group, presenting a deal worth at least $5 billion that would separate their interests in the promising and lucrative Ukrainian and Russian mobile telecom services markets. The deal serves as…

U.S. annuls Cold War sanctions

The annulment of the Jackson-Vanik ammendment…is a considerable step up to trade relations and boost to new investment in Ukraine gres, has all but ended for Ukraine, following a March 9 vote to annul it by the U.S. House of Representatives. Cancellation of the Cold War package of sanctions marks the third sign of support…

Banking protectionists rattle sabres

Influx of foreign investors panic domestic Ukrainian bankers ent activity recently, as majority stakes in three of the country’s largest banks were sold to Western banking groups. The sudden eastward advance of big Western banking conglomerates onto the Ukrainian market is destined to fuel continued growth. But it has also triggered panic among many of…