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The new Cabinet of Ministers appointed by President Yanukovych on 24 December 2012, proves that the Family has once more reinforced its position under the guise of Azarov’s reappointment as Premier.
22 January, 2013   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
The latest reshuffles in the top offices of key government institutions have reinforced the Family – to no one’s surprise – and highlighted an interesting trend: people with Russian background are being appointed to the government en masse.
22 January, 2013   ▪   Andriy Skumin
The trend of the past two years whereby the Family has been increasing its weight in the conglomerate in power turned into a dominating objective in 2012. Reshuffles in the conglomerate in power fuels conflicts within oligarchic groups.
22 January, 2013   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
It will be ever-more difficult for Yanukovych to walk the geopolitical tightrope. Moscow and Brussels will force him to make a definitive decision as early as 2013
22 January, 2013   ▪   Oles Oleksiyenko
The existing moratorium on the sale of agricultural lands has been extended until as late as 2016. The Ukrainian Week looks at possible beneficiaries
21 January, 2013   ▪  
In late December, The Ukrainian Week hosted a public discussion on oligarchic capitalism in Ukraine with members of parliamentary opposition parties. MPs from Batkivshchyna, UDAR and Svoboda share their ideas and initiatives on freeing the Ukrainian economy from the yoke of the oligarchs and creating a favourable environment for free and competitive business. Below is an overview of the opposition’s plans and comments from newly-elected MPs.
21 January, 2013   ▪   The Ukrainian Week
The Viktor Yanukovych regime plans to hold a referendum on constitutional amendments to increase manoeuvrability in repressing political opponents while securing a long period of immunity for the president
2 January, 2013   ▪   Andriy Skumin
The West begins to launch sanctions against some representatives of the Yanukovych regime, but the first “victim” appears to be a provocateur
17 December, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Mykhelson
The country’s sovereignty will be challenged through a combination of domestic turmoil, Western estrangement, and Russian assertiveness
17 December, 2012   ▪   Janusz Bugajski
If passed in its universal version and applied world-wide, it could have serious implications for Kyiv
17 December, 2012   ▪   Ariel Cohen
The Kremlin will try to drag Ukraine into the Customs Union – or at least get control of some sectors of its economy
17 December, 2012   ▪   Maksym Bugriy
Moscow knows that Ukraine may slip out from under its control after the 2015 presidential election. It looks like the Kremlin is setting the scene for a preventive attack.
17 December, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
The newly-elected MP and right-hand man of Arseniy Yatseniuk talks about the Customs Union,the threats of referendums under the new law and why the current Administration does not welcome young and progressive middle class
17 December, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Mykhelson
Members of the opposition fear that a new law on referendums is intended to pave the way to joining the Customs Union with Russia.
29 November, 2012
Yanukovych & Co do not hide the fact that their strategic goal is to retain control over the country. Society is ready to resist this with bottom-up consolidation and initiative
26 November, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
Ukraine’s majority needs to accurately assess the potential of the current opposition. This will help spare the country from further disappointment and preserve hope for an alternative project
26 November, 2012   ▪   Andriy Skumin
News about escalating conflicts between groups of influence within the ruling party surface in the foreign media, including the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, after the Party of Regions fails to get the result it expected in the election
26 November, 2012
After the contested election victory of the Party of Regions, Ukraine will feel increasingly alone and abandoned by the West.
26 November, 2012   ▪   Janusz Bugajski
David Kramer, president of Freedom House, told The Ukrainian Week about sanctions as a necessary step similar to measures against Russia
24 November, 2012   ▪   Nataliya Gumenyuk
Steven Pifer, long-time diplomat and US Ambassador to Ukraine in 1998-2000, has been known for reserved comments on the Ukrainian government. However, in his latest interview for The Ukrainian Week, Mr. Pifer sharply criticized the backslide on democracy in Ukraine and outlined the impact the October parliamentary election might have on the Ukrainian government’s future relationship with the West.
24 November, 2012   ▪   Nataliya Gumenyuk
US might use the Magnitsky Act to apply sanctions against officials that violate human rights in other countries, including those involved in the persecution of opposition leaders in Ukraine.
23 November, 2012   ▪   The Ukrainian Week
Personnel rotations began at Ukrainian law enforcement agencies after the election.
23 November, 2012   ▪   The Ukrainian Week
The protest near the CEC showed that the opposition is not capable of building effective strategies to counteract the government, at least for the time being. It lacks coordination and well thought out joint actions.
19 November, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
European officials come to realize that there should be a separation between the Yanukovych regime and the majority of Ukrainians
12 November, 2012   ▪   Alla Lazareva
ENEMO calls on authorities to preserve the will of voters at the tabulation process
5 November, 2012
The absolute majority of Ukrainians voted against the Yanukovych regime, however, a propresidential majority will once more dominate parliament
5 November, 2012   ▪   Oleksandr Kramar
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