Saturday, May 19, 2012

Who will win Ukraine's 'political football match without rules'?

Interesting piece I found on CNN about the political game that is going on in Ukraine. Even though Yulia and Yanuk should both be sitting in prison are my thoughts, the author of the article Andrey Kurkov talks about how he is getting fed with incredible stories to write about that would otherwise be hard to imagine or make up.
The paradox of the current political situation is the fact that Yulia Tymoshenko is getting in the way of Viktor Yanukovych from "building a new country". He hoped that while in detention she would not bother him, but as it turned out, while in prison she disturbs him and the building of a new country even more. Hundreds of government officials from former Soviet states and other foreign countries require and request a meeting with her, distracting the "builders of a new country" -- a large and active clan of businessmen representing the eastern regions of Ukraine.
Source: CNN

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Foreigners warn tourists to stay away from police

Foreigners who come to Ukraine say that the nation's police officers are giving the nation a bad name. A video featuring comments from foreign tourists was uploaded on Facebook by Yulia Belyanevych. The foreigners said that, after asking for documents, a police officer stole 40 euros from the pocket of one of them. It's a warning for the more than 200,000 foreigners expected to arrive to attend Euro 2012 football championship games between June 8 and July 1. “Police will be the main problem," one foreign man told Belyanevych. "Police haVE stopped me to check my passport and then just robbed me. Police always stop us because we speak English and checks our documents.I am afraid one day I will forgot my passport and they will take me away.” The advice from the three foreigners interviewed: “Stay away from Ukrainian police.” Watch the video here.