KYIV BLOG: Corruption in Ukraine - business as usual?

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv December 2, 2016

Ukraine's ex-president Viktor Yanukovych has been indicted for state treason for facilitating Russian aggression. But the fugitive leader, who fled to Russia in February 2014, is unlikely to stand trial any time soon.

New steel radiation container swallows ruined Chernobyl reactor

bne IntelliNews November 29, 2016

Giant 36,000-tonned structure encloses block destroyed in world's worst nuclear accident in 1986.

EU greenlights visa-free regime for Ukraine as it signals Russia sanctions to be extended

bne IntelliNews November 25, 2016

EU member states agreed that Ukraine is ready for a visa-free regime with the bloc.

COMMENT: Market power a risk for Ukraine’s electricity market reform

Georg Zachmann of the German Advisory Group November 18, 2016

Reforms will bring the Ukrainian power sector into line with EU regulations, ushering in modernisation of infrastructure and ultimately lower production costs – if the government can get the changes past the oligarchs.

How President Poroshenko betrayed Ukraine’s Euromaidan dream

Graham Stack in Berlin November 18, 2016

Post-Euromaidan state prosecutors continue to have links to money laundering and organised crime, leaked documents show.

INTERVIEW: Ukraine central bank sees single-digit rates in 2017 if base economic scenario pans out

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv November 17, 2016

The central bank deputy governor claims the NBU’s interest rate policy proved “very successful” in 2016.

Tymoshenko trying to destabilise Ukraine's economy, central bank says

bne IntelliNews November 15, 2016

NBU chief accuses ex-PM of seeking regime change to empower political forces that support owners of failed banks and will ignore their debts.

Rising poverty drives bne’s global Despair Index

Ben Aris in Berlin November 15, 2016

bne’s Despair Index values are contained in most developed countries of the world and many of the former Eastern Bloc countries have scores on a par with their Western peers. But the share of poverty remains too high in many countries.

Georgia-born Ukraine police chief resigns on eve of anti-government protests

bne IntelliNews November 14, 2016

Police reform architect steps down on eve of demonstrations due to take place in the capital Kyiv and other cities.

Ukraine under pressure to adopt “Steinmeier formula” in Donbas peace efforts

bne IntelliNews November 10, 2016

Kyiv so far rejects EU-backed proposal to create a special status region in Donbas to break the impasse with Russia and end fighting there.

KRUK REPORT: What does Trump’s victory mean for Ukraine?

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv November 10, 2016

If Trump really decides to cozy up to Russia and President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine could find itself as the ‘wedding present’ in this ‘marriage’.

Ukraine anxious but keeps its cool about Trump victory

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv November 9, 2016

Despite fears that shock election result can embolden Russia in its actions towards Ukraine, officials in Kyiv are taking a wait-and-see approach.

Nato members digest Trump win, express concerns

Nicholas Watson in Prague November 9, 2016

Unpredictability is never an asset in foreign or defence policy, so the election of the mercurial Donald Trump to the US presidency is already causing conniptions in European capitals, especially those of Central Europe.

Turkey and Russia fall sharply in World Justice Project Rule of Law Index

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2016

Turkey is at the bottom of the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2016 but only just above Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.

COLCHIS: Misha’s next adventure

Michael Cecire of New America November 8, 2016

What’s left for Saakashvili? With his options of first resort, such as a triumphant return to Georgia, no longer in the offing, Misha has chosen the last remaining road available to him: Ukrainian national politics.

Saakashvili resigns from post of Odesa region governor

bne IntelliNews November 7, 2016

Former Georgian leader claims Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is defending corrupt clans in the strategic Black Sea region.

CEE/CIS BANK SURVEY 2016: Foreign players look for niches after market bottoms out

Robert Anderson in Prague November 7, 2016

With tighter regulatory rules looming, life is not going to get any easier for the region’s banks.

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