What Will Information Technology Outsourcing Bring Ukraine in 2017

NV Business, an online publication based in Kyiv Ukraine, wanted to get a take of what 2017 would bring the information technology outsourcing industry in Ukraine. They selected the top three managers based on the European Business Association’s ranking, and the association’s IT Committee Chairman also added his comments. They put the following question to them:…

Andrei Sakharov’s Theory of Symmetry

It has been a quarter of a century since the passing of Andrei Sakharov a Nobel Prize winning physicist, dissident and civil rights activist, and I sometimes wonder how little has changed in Russia since then? Particularly since Russia’s invasion of Crimea and its incursion into the Donbass region with some of the finest of…

Euro-2012: They shoot horses, don’t they?

When we hear about all the grotesque things going on in Ukraine, most of us are thinking about politics on a human level, but unfortunately there is an element that is permeating Ukrainian society that may get some individuals even more appalled then they would about the country’s politics . While it is clear to…

Mirages – or playing with one’s memory

Last night after a few meetings a friend of mine and I decided to go to one of the places that everyone should know about in Kyiv, especially if they like different types of pirizkhy and bulochky, the place is Yaroslavna on Yaroslaviv Val just above from where Ivano Franka Street starts. As we were…

A different type of musical direction

Many years ago while working on a story for Ukrainisky Chas a Ukrainian radio program based out of Montreal, Canada there was a need for me to travel to L’viv to cover the inauguration ceremonies Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. Though the purpose trip from Kyiv to L’viv was twofold . The morning of the…

Professionalism – or lack thereof – reporting on musical events

Monday night was probably the musical highlight in Kyiv this fall with the first of two concerts of Christina Augilera, and while I didn’t attend with the cheapest ticket at Palats Sportu being 500 UAH, for the Monday night show, and starting at 1,000 UAH for the second show at Paltats Ukraina, a good friend…

Live Earth vs Krayina Mriy

If we look back over the weekend there were two different events that were going on in the music industry as a whole and here in Ukraine with a focus on totally different matters. However, were they so different? While former front man Oleh Skrypka of Vopli Vidoplasova held his Fourth World Music Festival Krayina…

Zdob şi Zdub

Well I can’t catch every concert in town, Zdob şi Zdub were playing at Baboon Kvartira on Podil last night promoting their new CD Ethnomechanica. Clearly the Moldovan band found enough of a following when they were here in Kyiv for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005. While it is clearly not Ukrainian music, it…

Elton John – AIDS awareness

A number of months back a good friend of mine told me that Elton John would be coming to Kyiv for a concert, though he wasn’t sure of who was bringing Sir Elton in. First there was speculation that it was the mobile operator Life, and Ukraine’s richest man Renat Akhmetov, after all last summer…

Serbia wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2007

Being from North American, where the European Broadcast Union has little or no influence, I only came to know about the contest after doing an interview with Ruslana back in 2002 or 2003. Together with friends I watched the Song Contest from Istanbul at a friends apartment, in fact this was only Ukraine’s second time…