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Analyses | | Tadeusz A Olszański
On 12 September the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko was adjourned. The court did not repeal Yulia Tymoshenko's temporary arrest that has been in effect since 5 August. The official reason for the break was the willingness to grant the…
Analyses | | Sławomir Matuszak
In recent weeks, Ukraine made yet another attempt to renegotiate the unfavourable gas contracts with Russia which were signed by Yulia Tymoshenko in 2009. The chances of success appear to be illusory, because without far-reaching…
Analyses | | Kamil Kłysiński
Via the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, the regime has spent the last few weeks probing the options for improving relations between Minsk and Brussels. Both the Belarusian opposition and the EU’s diplomats have made their positions…
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On 16 August, the Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Strong Ukraine party, Serhiy Tyhipko, together with the Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, announced that his party would join the ruling Party of Regions. This merger of both…
Analyses | | Marta Jaroszewicz, Sławomir Matuszak, Tadeusz A Olszański
The former prime minister’s arrest is a sign of the intensifying political dispute in Ukraine between the ruling camp and Tymoshenko’s supporters before next year's parliamentary elections. The trial is political in nature; its aim is…
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On 2 August, President Viktor Yanukovych signed a law introducing a simplified mechanism for the registration of land ownership, and Ukraine’s parliament was sent a draft law concerning the market for agricultural land, which will…
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On 4 August, a leading Belarusian human rights activist, Ales Byalatski, was arrested on suspicion of concealing income. The Belarusian tax authorities based their allegations on data from an account in a Lithuanian bank belonging to…
Analyses | | Kamil Kłysiński
The Belarusian public’s growing dissatisfaction with the economic situation could lead to wider social protests this autumn. This may open up room for manoeuvre for the Belarusian nomenklatura and for external actors, mainly Russia.…
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International financial institutions have improved their assessment of the Ukrainian economy. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has raised its forecast for economic growth in Ukraine in 2011 from 4.5% to 5%,…
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On 7 July Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, voted in a new pension system law which does not change the present pension system – based on what is called the ‘solidarity of generations’, i.e. disbursing pensions from the fund’s…