Saturday, December 22, 2012

The women's movement FEMEN with antiislamic Egyptian activist Aliya al Mahdi called to say "NO" Sharia constitution in Egypt. On the eve of the decisive round of a national referendum activists came under the Embassy of Egypt in Stockholm to support the Egyptian heroes opposing Syariah-dictatorial president Mursi draft of new constitution. FEMEN calls upon the people of the great Egyptian to give up religious bondage latter-day prophet Mursi and give yourself a chance for a decent democratic development.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Deputies are horses of oligarchs!

Loosely based on real events on the introduction in the Senate of Rome's Imperial horse Incitata. Today four "horses" tried to break into the Senate building of the Ukrainian parliament.  Horses were barbarously stopped by guards of senat.
The aim of the action "Knight's move" is to highlight the  animal nature of the ukrainian parliamentary system. This parliament like all the previous ones, the convening of the Ukrainian Parliament are nothing but a bunch of trained horses entered in the "Senate" a narrow range of local Kaligul. Today, Parliament is a tool of dictatorship, Ukraine needs the people's Parliament.

Outside Gym in Kiev Ukraine

It`s the most creative gym in the world, with out pussy electronic shit what is made for womans. It`s real man gym.











Saturday, November 10, 2012

FEMEN protesters continue to hit hard message home

(WNN/VOA) Kiev, UKRAINE: At first, protests by Ukrainian feminist group Femen were ignored by the media.  But two years ago the women started taking off their shirts.  In recent months, their tactic has spread to France, Canada, and Brazil.
Back home, in a basement office in downtown Kiev, Oleksandra Shevchenko, a Femen founder, rebuts critics who say Femen protesters attract media attention for the wrong reasons.
“When we mixed nakedness, intelligence and our ideas, we saw that it is working,” she says.  “People saw this contradiction, they are not ready to see, and to listen to women, and to see aggressive women, naked, aggressive women.”
Coming from Eastern Europe, Ukraine’s Femen and Russia’s Pussy Riot band represent a new kind of feminist protest, theatrical and radical.  In Kiev, activists train regularly for protests.  Behind the training is anger that Eastern European women are 30 years behind Western European women, in salaries and in job discrimination by employers.
“They say, ‘You will get married in a few years, or even like, in a few months you will be pregnant, like you are not a good worker, I don’t want to have you in my office,” Shevchenko says. “Or, like the second way to work there, they say that you have to sleep with me, we have to have sex.  And we can do nothing.”
In June, Femen protested Ukraine’s co-hosting of the European football (soccer) championships.  They argued some fans would also visit Ukrainian brothels and strip clubs.
Shevchenko says, “We have a lot of sex tourists here in Ukraine.  Because nobody cares about that, nobody wants to stop this problem.”
The sex industry thrives in Ukraine, a country where women score high in beauty and low in income.
“It is really easy to become a prostitute in Ukraine, even for me, or for other girls,” notes Shevchenko.  “You just need to make this one step to become a prostitute.  I have a lot of invitations from a lot of brothels, from different strip clubs.”
Oksana Shachko, a veteran Femen activist, goes a step further, attacking Internet international dating sites, sometimes called mail-order bride sites.
“There are many websites that advertise Ukrainian women, because Ukraine girls are beautiful.  But, unfortunately, many are undereducated and want to become a wife of a rich man, their knight on a white horse,” she says.  “But in actuality, it is only like exporting human flesh, and it is illegal.  We are trying to explain to these girls that it is not a real way to a good life. “
Shevchenko, 24, has to juggle her feminism with the traditional expectations of her mother and grandmother.
“They imagine for me another life,” says Shevchenko, who grew up in a mid-sized city in Western Ukraine.  “They wanted to see me as a wife and a mother.  And each single day when my mom calls me she says, ‘When I will have my grandchildren, did you find a man?’  And I do not know what to answer her.”
But Shevchenko believes she can have it all.  A few weeks ago, she helped to open Femen’s new office in Paris.  She says she met several interesting Frenchmen, men she calls ‘male feminists.’

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ukraine is a major player in world affairs

UKRAINE entered the international arena as a new state in 1991, after proclaiming Independence on August 24. A new chapter in its history started for a country with a population of 46 million and a sound economy. 
Ukraine is one of the world’s major producers of grain, sugar and vegetable oil, as well as among the leaders in coal, iron ore and steel production.
One of the first tasks of the new Ukraine was to undertake economic, political, social and humanitarian reforms, with a view to establishing democratic and modern legal procedures affecting all spheres of life. Good examples are the law on the access of public information, the new law concerning the elections to the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, tax pension reforms and the national anti-corruption strategy for 2011-2015.
In the field of foreign policy, Ukraine had to face various challenges and efficiently respond to them, so as to secure the success of internal reforms. Within this framework, Ukraine has adopted key principles of foreign policy which cover development of mutually beneficial relations with neighbouring countries, as well as Europe and America, strengthening the economic component of its foreign policy so as to increase the standards of living of Ukrainian citizens, and non-participation in military-political alliances.
First among its foreign policy priorities is Ukraine’s European integration, as it considers the EU an optimal model for social and economic development. Ukraine and the EU have already initialled the Association Agreement that hopefully will be signed in the near future. The agreement establishes the transition from the principles of partnership and co-operation to a qualitatively new level of political association.
Having the experience of the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, Ukraine showed accrued sensitivity to the events at Fukushima. The April 2011 Kiev Summit dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl demonstrated the high spirit of solidarity which exists on the issues of peaceful and safe use of nuclear energy. Moreover, being a staunch supporter of nuclear disarmament, Ukraine voluntarily abandoned arsenal of nuclear weapons, the third largest in the world. 
In the field of international organisations, Ukraine remains one of the most active participants of peace-keeping missions under the auspices of the UN. It has presided for the first time over the works of the Council of Europe and in 2013 will assume the presidency of the OSCE, the regional security organisation of Europe. This is tangible evidence of the successful presence of Ukraine in the international arena and the overall appreciation it enjoys.
In the bilateral field, first and foremost Ukraine normalised its relations with Russia, an important neighbour and strategic partner. Relations with the USA, apart from co-operation in various other fields, concentrated on the strengthening of nuclear safety. Of great importance for Ukraine are its relations with China, which acquired a strategic nature, and the CIS countries with which a free trade area agreement has been signed. In the meantime, Ukraine continued strengthening its relations with the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. 
Cyprus established diplomatic relations with Ukraine in February 1992. Ever since, political dialogue at the highest level and intensification of interparliamentary co-operation have deepened our bilateral relations. The first-ever visit of the president of Cyprus in July 2011 was considered of the outmost significance, and this week’s forthcoming visit of President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine to Cyprus is expected to contribute to the further advancement and expansion of the co-operation between the two countries in all areas of mutual interest. Upgrading the partnership between Cyprus and Ukraine on the basis of sincere friendship will certainly benefit the two countries and their people.  

Street Workout Crimea Community

On Sunday, November 4, in the Crimean capital opens first sport area Street Workout. After renovation and installation new equipment for the workout-training in the sports ground in school № 18, located in the region Moskoltsa. All those who support the idea of ​​a healthy lifestyle, wants to become a "street athlete" and learn tricks on the parallel bars and horizontal bar will be able to train here. This sport is available for the guys and girls.

The work-outer from Dnepropetrovsk, Nikolaev, Simferopol will show what can be achieved as a result of regular exercise in the fresh air. Among the guests will be the Movement Workout Girls. In addition to exhibition performances, athletes will give master classes to the public.
Kristina Kalugina

The Group "Healthy Generation of Crimea" and "Street Workout Crimea Community" were among those who created this sport area.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Barbies Spreading in Ukraine.

Ukrainian girls from the city of Odessa keep making the news for altering their appearance in dramatic fashion. The story of a girl who turned herself into a real life Barbie doll has spread across the globe and the saga continues. Two more girls, Anime and Dominika, have become living dolls and received publicity for their disturbing looks.
Anime, 19-year-old Anastasiya Shpagina, transformed herself into an anime character and never leaves the house without makeup. Applying the makeup takes Anime a few hours to accomplish so she wakes up at 5 a.m. to make it to work on time. When she walks down the street in a fairy-like outfit, with long purplish hair, looking at the world with her raccoon-like eyes, it doesn’t go unnoticed. “I don’t pay attention to reactions, the most important thing for me is my comfort,” Anime said during a talk show on a Ukrainian TV channel.

In interviews with Anime, which appeared on mainstream television in Ukraine and Russia over the past months, she gave the impression of being a pleasant, slightly naïve, girl, who is living in a dream and plays a fairy in a fairytale. She subsists almost entirely on honey-dew—no bread, meat or fish; mostly fruit and veggies. However, she is probably not as naïve as a fairy—her extreme makeup and unconventional style serve as a great promotional tool.
Anime is a hairdresser and makeup artist so all that publicity will, hopefully, work well for her career. She said that right now she’s interested in focusing on her work, but in the future would like to move out of the city and have a family. She says she doesn’t have a boyfriend and states that she would like to have plastic surgery to enlarge her eyes, to make them the size of the ones she paints on her face with makeup. She claims she hasn’t had any plastic surgery and her look is only the visual effect of styling and make up.
Unlike her, Barbie – also known as Valeriya Lukyanova – and her friend, Olga Oleynik, aka Dominika, had breast surgeries and accentuate their “Barbiness” with long hair, giant eyes, contact lenses, small mouths, tiny waists, curvy hips, full busts, and slightly manipulative unemotional manners. In a talk show, Barbie said her measurements were 86/47/86, in centimeters, which in inches equals 33.85/18.5/33.85. Olga Oleynik said that she has had breast surgery to balance the proportion with her hips because she is all about harmony and perfection.
What is it that makes these girls turn themselves into living dolls? A struggle for perfection or escape from reality?
It seems to have a connection to “Barbie doll syndrome” – when young girls try to attain impossible standards of beauty – but with Odessa girls it varies from case to case.

Barbie - Valeria Lukyanova
Anime seems to be a young girl who’s not completely comfortable in her skin and experiments with styles. Anime’s body image doesn’t radiate Barbie’s sexiness. She says the world is cruel and is full of unhappy people and it’s easier to live the way she does, creating a fairy tale for herself.
Barbie, whose spiritual name is Amatue, openly says she exploits her looks as internet PR to attract people to her lectures on esoteric subjects where – for $80 per person – she teaches astral projection.
Dominika seems to be similar to Barbie and calls herself her spiritual sister. They appear together in interviews and talk about esoteric matters. She positions herself as an artist and a fashion designer.
Whatever this ‘Barbie-Flu’ in Odessa is, it seems to be creating a phenomena that the world is watching with  great interest, clicking through the weird pictures and videos, looking into their doll-like eyes. Barbie, Anime, Dominika—what’s next?

Boxer-Turned-Politician Shakes Up Ukrainian Elections

 Vitali Klitschko, the world heavyweight boxing champion, stood on an outdoor stage — gloves off, sport coat on — pounding away, oratorically, in his bid to win a large number of seats for his party in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections on Sunday.

Mr. Klitschko, the leader of an opposition party, the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform, has injected an element of unpredictability into an election that from the outset has seemed heavily tilted in favor of the Party of Regions of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.
Critics here and in the West say the race is distorted by the continued imprisonment of prominent opposition leaders, government manipulation of media outlets and other malfeasance.
But where others see a fixed fight, Mr. Klitschko sees opportunity. With one giant hand wrapped around a microphone, the other occasionally chopping the air, he landed blow after blow against the status quo, lamenting that Ukraine has lagged behind its Eastern European neighbors.
He denounced corruption among the authorities, and insisted that pensions and salaries should be bigger and living standards better. “Six million Ukrainians do not see a future for themselves in this country and are looking for jobs abroad, 70 percent of young people want to leave the country and live abroad,” he told a crowd of about 250 gathered at an athletic field here.
“What future we can talk about?” Wages, he said, should be such “ that for a month’s salary a television set and a washing machine could be bought, a car in five years and an apartment in 10 years.” To applause and chants of “Klitschko! Klitschko!” he declared, “We can do this.”
In a country where politics in recent years has focused almost entirely on the bitter rivalry between President Yanukovich and the jailed former prime minister, Yulia V. Tymoshenko, Mr. Klitschko, 41, is emerging as a serious force.
The acronym for Mr. Klitschko’s party, Udar, spells the word “punch” in Ukrainian, and polls show it surging into second place, ahead of the opposition coalition that includes Ms. Tymoshenko’s party, Fatherland, but still trailing the governing Party of Regions and its allies.
The precise makeup of Parliament, called the Verkhovna Rada, will not be known until weeks after Sunday’s voting because half of the 450 seats will be filled by individual candidates not required to declare a party affiliation. The other half are filled proportionally through voting for party lists.
The election is being watched closely as a gauge of democracy in Ukraine, a former Soviet republic of 45 million, once viewed as on a steady track toward integration with Europe after the Orange Revolution of 2004.
But the country has become increasingly isolated since Mr. Yanukovich’s election in a runoff with Ms. Tymoshenko in 2010.
Control of Parliament will also be a major factor in the higher-stakes presidential contest in 2015.
Mr. Yanukovich’s government has taken aggressive steps to show the elections as fair, even installing Web cameras in more than 30,000 polling stations.
Officials say that Ukraine is being unfairly maligned in the West, largely based on the case of Ms. Tymoshenko, who they insist was legitimately convicted on charges related to the alleged rigging of natural gas contracts with Russia.
Sergey Tigipko, a vice prime minister, said in an interview that Mr. Yanukovich’s administration had steered Ukraine out of the financial crisis, with solid growth since 2010, improvements in social services, and increases in pensions.
Mr. Tigipko said that record would help the Party of Regions win support not just from its base, in the Russian-speaking predominantly east and south of the country, but also in the center and the Ukrainian-speaking west.
“The economic growth and the improvement in social standards should convince people,” Mr. Tigipko said.
But financial analysts say that the country’s economy is in trouble again as a result of flagging demand in Europe, particularly for steel, Ukraine’s main export.
Critics, including senior Western leaders, say Mr. Yanukovich’s government has a long way to go to prove its commitment to democracy.
In an opinion column inThe New York Times this week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs, described “worrying trends” in Ukraine, including “reports of the use of administrative resources to favor the ruling party candidates.”
But no critic has been as harsh as Ms. Tymoshenko, who looms large in Ukraine’s political life, even from prison.
In an open letter to Mr. Yanukovich this week, she complained about her treatment in prison, saying she was secretly recorded even in the bathroom. “Maybe you get more self-confidence in your political capability by watching a female political opponent naked,” she wrote.
Supporters of Ms. Tymoshenko say they are counting on the European Court of Human Rights to order her release, and on her running again for president.
One of her lawyers, Sergey Vlasenko, said the elections could never be considered fair because Ms. Tymoshenko was barred from the ballot.
“These elections are already fraud,” Mr. Vlasenko said in an interview. “If Ms. Tymoshenko would be free, the campaign would be totally, totally different.”
But analysts say many voters are disenchanted with the familiar choices.
“There is a demand for a new political figure, after disillusionment with the old ones,” said Mikhail Pogrebinsky, the director of the Kiev Center of Political and Conflict Studies, a research group.
Mr. Pogrebinsky said that Mr. Klitschko is famous, though not a traditional politician, and plain-spoken, both advantages. He is also mostly untested, having served in the Kiev City Council and run unsuccessfully for mayor.
His newness — and independent wealth — seemed to appeal to voters in Boryspil, a city of 53,000 about 22 miles from the capital, Kiev, and the location of the country’s main international airport.
On Thursday, supporters stood atop a decommissioned Soviet armored personnel carrier that was repainted bright red with the name of Mr. Klitschko’s party emblazoned in white on its side, and waved flags directing people to his rally.
The after-work crowd was largely receptive, applauding enthusiastically at several points, especially when he criticized what he called the greed of current officials.
Ukrainian news accounts have recently focused on a huge residential compound, with a golf course and other trappings where Mr. Yanukovich lives outside of Kiev
Ilona Musayeva, 40, who sells cosmetics from a stall in a local market, said that she would vote for Mr. Klitschko and that the public did not have to worry about him stealing from taxpayers. “I respect him,” she said. “I think he has enough money.”
Mrs. Musayeva and other Boryspil residents said it was hard for young people to find work, hard for old people to live on their pensions, hard to do much more than struggle to get by.
On stage, Mr. Klitschko said he had ruled out any partnership with the Party of Regions but after the elections might consider an alliance with Ms. Tymoshenko’s party, now led by Arseniy Yatseniuk, 38, a former foreign minister.
Mr. Klitschko insisted that Ukraine should — and could — keep up with its neighbors.
“We promise good salaries, good pensions, good medical care, good living conditions,” he said, to applause and cheers. “Poles could do it. Georgians could do it. And we also can do it. That is why we have engaged in this battle for Ukraine, and I am sure that we shall win it.”

Unique outside Fitness in Kiev.

In Kiev, some sports nuts prefer to use salvaged tank chains and tires instead of barbells to beef up. At a unique open-air fitness park in the heart of the Ukrainian capital, body builders are still getting pumped up Soviet-style. A new photography book documents their efforts.


For many people, getting in shape entails heading to a members-only gym, complete with digital exercise machines and a luxurious sauna. But at a popular sports park in Kiev, things a far more hardcore.
In his latest photography book, Ukrainian photographer Kirill Golovchenko documents how people pump iron at a special place in his home country. "Kachalka: Muscle Beach" explores a Soviet-era open-air fitness area covering ten square kilometers (6.2 square miles) on the island of Tuhev in the heart of Ukraine's capital. There, entry has been free to anyone who wants to stay fit for the last 40 years.
The Ukrainian word Kachat means "to pump," and looking at the sunny images captured around the park's more than 200 weight-lifting stations, one can almost hear the sound of clinking weights, rep by rep. The unpadded benches, made simply of wood and painted blue, look more like medieval torture devices than benchpress stations.
It was here in the early 1970s that Polish gymnast Kasimir Jagelsky and mathematics professor Yuri Kuk realized their dream of creating a place for collective outdoor strength training. The fitness equipment is made from material that comes from a time when there was a surplus of scrap metal. Large vehicle parts serve as both weights and footbeds for rowing benches, and much of the equipment looks like it was salvaged from landfills and defunct factories.
One of the photos shows three men exerting themselves on a contraption made of various bars and and tractor tires, while another portrays a man wearing shorts and flip flops straining mightily to lift a piece of a tank chain into the air. It is a drama of biceps and triceps centered on the principles of tension and release.
Political Instruments
Golovchenko, whose book has been published is in both German and English, gives these bodybuilders the attention they most likely crave, though one doesn't learn much more about them than their love of outdoor fitness. Fittingly, Golovchenko's hero from childhood, which the 38-year-old spent in Ukraine, was Arnold Schwarzenegger. But with his cliché-filled photos of these athletes, he captures a place that lies well beyond the world of sports media that worshipped the Austrian body builder.
In the prologue, which Golovchenko affectionately refers to as "the smallest workout," there is a picture of a blue and white towel embroidered with the words "Moscow Olympics 1980." Indeed, the sporting spirit of the former Soviet Union inevitably infuses many of the portraits. In one photo, a scrawny, elegantly dressed 85-year-old man trains his pecs using a pulley. The sailor, the mechanic, the armored unit -- much of that era's imagery doesn't seem far off.
In addition to highlighting the constructivist design of the fitness equipment, the book's layout recalls Russian revolutionary art, complete with agitprop typography. Finally, the book, published by Kehrer, brings back the long-forgotten 17 x 23 centimeter format that was popular in the 1980's.
Golovchenko's sweat-filled pictures could be interpreted as an ambitious portrait of Ukraine. The will of this nation, where the political order hovers somewhere between oligarchy and democracy, is clearly strong. After all, bodies can be political instruments too.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dynamo Kyiv, Thinking about Darren Fletcher

After a long break, the mifielder of Manchester United Darren Fletcher (28), according to the rumors of, is observed by Dynamo Kyiv. He has a deal with Man. Unit. until June 2015.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ukrainian Kozak (Cossack)

The correct pronunciation of the word Cossack in Ukrainian. In plural - Kozaky

- Kozaks are the famous Ukrainian rebel fighters
- Kozak soldier is a romantic and a violent medieval hero of Ukraine
- To be called a Kozak in Ukraine is a grand compliment

At the start of the 16th century Ukrainian peasants runaway from their masters to the uninhabited southern steppes of Ukraine and set up their infamous gangs and the Kozak State.

Those guys were crazy fighters and big time party animals. Quickly the glory about the wild and fearless rebels had spread around the Europe.

In the 1648-54 war against Poland, now the kozak army supported by the Ukrainian peasants had defeated the Polish King and took control of Ukraine and the capital Kyiv (Kiev).

Unfortunately Hetman Khmelnycky decided to ally with the Mowscow Kingdom, and as a result the Kozak statehood was finished off by the Russian Queen in 1775 and the whole country suffered from the Russian rule for three centuries.

Well known Hollywood film 'Taras Bulba' tells the story of kozak officer by the name of Taras, who kills his own son for betraying him and Ukraine after falling in love with a pretty polish chick.
Ukraine has not died yet! The Kozak blood is still running in our veins!

Pavlo, you are the REAL kozak, man!

International Jazz Festival in Kyiv

Jazz in Kiev will star on Oct.26 in Kiev’s October Palace.
The fest will bring together modern jazz musicians from the Japan, USA,  Sweden, Poland, Norway, Mexico and of course Ukraine.
For more details please visit web site:

Ukraine: heading into recession

In the runup to Ukraine’s October 28 parliamentary election, polls show that the majority of Ukrainians want change, a break from the autocratic rule of President Viktor Yanukovich. They aren’t alone.
Ukraine is heading into its second recession in four years. Businesses and investors on the ground see the investment climate getting much worse for everyone – except Yanukovich’s billionaire oligarch backers.
Next week’s election is for parliament only – the presidency won’t be contended until 2015. But by voting in large numbers for the opposition, Ukrainians are expected to voice a deepening dissatisfaction with the Yanukovich regime.
“In 3Q Ukraine went into a recession. We downgrade our real GDP forecast for 2012 to 0%. GDP dynamics in 3Q and 4Q will be negative,” Austria’s Erste Bank said in a note to investors this week.
Source: IMF, Bloomberg, Erste Group Research
“[Economic] activity is sluggish as foreign demand remains weak and maintaining the UAH:USD [currency] peg is coming at an increasing cost to the economy,” added Olena Bilan, chief economist at Kiev-based investment bank Dragon Capital.
The downturn is expected to be much milder than the whopping 15 per cent plunge in GDP that hit Ukraine during the 2009 global recession. But the current economic pain is not winning over any friends for Yanukovich, his government or the ruling Party of Regions.
“Investors have been spooked by looming fiscal pressure, corruption, and general uncertainty in the run up to October’s parliamentary elections,” the Kiev-based European Business Association said when it published its investment attractiveness index this month.
Source: European Business Association
What’s causing the economic downturn?
Global demand for steel, Ukraine’s top export, is drying up. Added to that, “Persistently tight banking system liquidity is pushing bank lending rates to prohibitively high levels, depressing economic growth,” said Bilan at Dragon Capital. With the Euro 2012 football championship in the past, multi-billion-dollar state spending on infrastructure has dried up. The government is redirecting precious resources to a populist, pre-election spending splurge.
This from London-based Capital Economics:
Ukraine’s large external financing requirement and its heavy dependency on industrial exports to Western Europe make it among the most vulnerable countries in Emerging Europe to a re-escalation of the euro-crisis. This, coupled with the potential for political instability following this month’s parliamentary elections, means that growth is likely to disappoint and the [domestic currency] is likely to come under renewed pressure.
With such dark clouds on the horizon, will Ukraine’s leadership re-engage with the International Monetary Fund to unlock billions of dollars of low-interest loans that have been frozen since last year amid lacklusture reform efforts?
Andriy Klyuyev, national security chief and head of the Party of Regions’ election campaign, downplayed the recession threat. “There will be no recession,” he told beyondbrics, while blaming the downturn on deeper troubles in the eurozone. “There will be small growth.”
Ukraine is keen to renew cooperation with the IMF, Klyuyev said, but would not implement one major IMF condition: raising gas prices on households to market levels by cutting costly subsidies that have strained state finances. He called for a compromise.
Deep in election mode, Klyuyev was confident his party would win on October 28, adding that the nation’s cash-stripped citizens simply could not afford to pay higher prices.
In fact, an IMF working paper calls on Ukraine to increase gas prices mostly on the rich, protecting the poor with targeted support. That would go some way to allaying suspicions that subsidised gas is being diverted from households to private business.
Bilan at Dragon Capital predicted that Ukrainian policymakers would – when the election is over and reality sets in – become more “flexible in addressing macroeconomic problems by bringing the IMF program back on track, allowing the currency to adjust and tightening fiscal policy.”
We shall see.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


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The iPad Mini suggest a device measuring 7.85inches, with an aluminium back-cover similar to the most recent iPad.
It is likely to sport a rear-facing camera and come with Apple's newest 'lightning' connector, a controversial re-design which made previous accessories and chargers obsolete without an adapter.
If Apple follows its usual design styles, it is likely to come in white and black versions, with a choice of WiFi only, or a 3G option.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ukraine a little 'shocked' by Blokhin resignation

Ukraine's football supremo expressed shock over the resignation of Oleg Blokhin as national manager but said agreement had been reached for him to take charge of the squad for the next two World Cup qualifiers.
Dynamo Kiev last week appointed the former Soviet striker as their coach, ending his tenure at the national team which he oversaw during their campaign at Euro 2012 that Ukraine co-hosted this summer.
"The news that Oleg Blokhin was taking over at Dynamo Kiev and leaving the national team was unexpected and shocked us," Ukraine's football federation president Anatoliy Konkov told reporters.
"All our efforts were aimed at creating the best conditions for the national side. And this development surprised and upset us."
Konkov said he had agreed with the manager that Blokhin would take charge of Ukraine in their next World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Montenegro in October and it was premature to talk about a successor.
The departure of Blokhin is a major headache for Ukraine as it contends with a tricky World Cup group that also includes England and Poland.
The squad also no longer has talismanic striker Andriy Shevchenko who has hung up his boots to work in politics.
The circumstances around Blokhin's resignation appear chaotic, with Konkov insisting he had still not officially resigned.
"He wrote down his resignation statement. But it was written down in the wrong format.
"This means de-facto that there is no resignation statement today and Oleg Blokhin is still the national team coach," he said.
Blokhin himself confirmed that he would take charge of the Moldova and Montenegro matches and had already announced his 22-man squad for the games.
The 59-year-old --the 1975 European footballer of the year -- has agreed a four year contract with Dynamo to replace Yury Semin who was dismissed on Monday.
Blokhin -- who played in two World Cups -- was in his second spell as Ukraine coach having guided them to the 2006 World Cup finals before returning for this year's Euro finals.
Although they went out in the first round of Euro 2012, Ukraine had made a solid start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, drawing 1-1 away with England at Wembley.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Training Camp of FEMEN In Paris

Topless parade of activists on the Muslim Quarter of Paris began opening of the central headquarters of the international women's movement FEMEN. Naked female body in combination with antipatriarhal and feminist calls caused some resentment among the male population of the famous district number 18 in Paris.
Members of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen have paraded topless through Paris to celebrate the opening of what they describe as their new "training camp" in the French capital. 

The group says on its website [] that the camp will serve as its new European headquarters, where activists will be trained "to work in high-risk environments."

The organization says it plans to open offices in New York, Montreal, and Sao Paulo.

The Femen group, established in 2008, is known for its topless demonstrations in different parts of Europe, including at the London Olympics and the Euro 2012 soccer tournament in Poland.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Villas-Boas impressed by Harmash

Tottenham Hotspur are planning a swoop for Dynamo Kiev's Ukrainian international midfielder Denys Harmash, according to reports in Russia.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas watched Harmash play a key role in Ukraine's 1-1 draw against England at Wembley earlier this month, and is said to see the 22-year-old as a cheaper alternative to previous midfield target Joao Moutinho.
"I watched England's match against Ukraine at Wembley with Villas-Boas," football agent Sandor Varga told Russian newspaper Izvestiya this week. "He was very impressed with Denys Harmash.
"Tottenham are looking for a central midfielder, but couldn't reach agreement with Villas-Boas' favoured candidate, his compatriate Joao Moutinho.
"Harmash represents a brilliant alternative to the Porto midfielder," Varga added.
The Dynamo Kiev player has eight caps for his country, and impressed at Wembley alongside his more experienced counterpart Anatoly Tymoshchuk at the heart of Ukraine's midfield.
And with the player valued at around £4.5million, Harmash would represent a considerable cost saving on Moutinho, who Spurs failed to land in the summer despite bidding £20million plus add-ons for the Portuguese.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Taller and Thinner iPhone 5

What the iPhone 5 needs to compete against:

Samsung Galaxy S3

Screen size:
4.8 inch
Processor:1.4 Ghz quad-core
Memory size:Up to 62gb (+64gb with card)
Operating system:Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Camera:Eight megapixel
Dimensions:Height - 136mm
Width - 70mm
Depth - 8.5mm

Nokia Lumia 920

Screen size:
4.5 inch
1.5Ghz dual-core
Memory size:
32GB (non-expandable)
Operating system:
Windows Phone 7.8
Eight megapixel
Height - 130mm
Width - 71mm
Depth - 11mm

iPhone 4S

Screen size:
3.5 inch
800 MHz dual-core
Memory size:
Up to 64gb (non-expandable)
Operating system:
Eight megapixel
Height - 115mm
Width - 58mm
Depth - 9mm
The iPhone 5 is expected to be the biggest selling in Apple’s history, with an estimated 8m set to be sold.
Sales of the new iPhone could add between a quarter and a half percentage point to fourth quarter annualised growth in the U.S., according to J.P. Morgan's chief economist, Michael Feroli.
The battle for domination of the mobile market has become increasingly heated recently with Apple's competitors taking it on with a series of new products.
Nokia and Microsoft recently joined forces to launch two new phones which will run on the Windows operating system.
The Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 are the Finnish company's attempt to claw back lost ground since it lost its position as the world's biggest phonemaker to Samsung.
Online retailer Amazon recently unveiled new models of its Kindle Fire tablets, which were previously not for sale in the UK, and are seen as rivals to Apple's best-selling iPad.
It is around a year since Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S complete with voice recognition software and an A5 chip allowing it to use much faster graphics for gameplay and to download data twice as fast.

Euro 2012 payment for clubs

Bayern Munich has collected the biggest single share of 3.1 million ($4 million) from UEFA's 100 million ($128 million) fund to compensate clubs for releasing players to the 2012 European Championship.
UEFA pleased clubs this year by almost doubling their previously agreed cut of Euro 2012 income, with a 575 teams receiving payments from UEFA for sending players to the tournament in Poland and Ukraine or releasing them for qualifying matches for the tournament.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern's chief executive and European Club Association chairman, said Tuesday he hopes his recent improved relations with FIFA President Sepp Blatter can help clubs worldwide also get an increase on their promised $70 million slice of 2014 World Cup revenue.
"We have very good and fair relations to UEFA and I hope that it will be possible with FIFA as well,'' Rummenigge told The Associated Press in an interview.
Rummenigge said he and Blatter - who have traded public barbs - shared an "intensive and interesting discussion'' at FIFA headquarters in Zurich last week.
"After that meeting I am quite optimistic to find a solution,'' said the former West Germany great, who has led calls for FIFA to share more of its billion-dollar annual income and decision-making power with clubs who are obliged to send their players to international tournaments.
"Sepp Blatter told me that he recognizes the clubs as the roots of football,'' Rummenigge said. "You know the roots always need water, and the water has to come from FIFA.''
Bayern topped the table of Euro 2012 payments after it sent 12 players, including eight members of Germany's squad that reached the semifinals.
Real Madrid received almost ?3 million ($3.8 million) for 11 players, including five from eventual champion Spain and three from semifinalist Portugal.
Barcelona received ?2.21 million ($2.8 million), Manchester City earned ?2.07 million ($2.64 million) and Juventus collected ?2.02 million ($2.58 million).
Premier League clubs featured strongly with Liverpool getting ?1.97 million ($2.5 million) followed by Chelsea (?1.91 million; $2.44 million) and Arsenal (?1.69 million; $2.16 million).
Manchester United which sent seven players - though only one semifinalist, Portugal's Nani - trailed with a ?1.67 million ($2.13 million) payment.
In 2008, UEFA and the European Club Association agreed a total Euro 2012 compensation fund of ?55 million ($70 million).
That was increased in March as part of a new working accord which included distributing ?40 million ($51.5 million) among players called up for qualifiers, which paid a lower daily rate.
Compensation was first paid at Euro 2008, when UEFA gave ?4,000 (then $5,000) per day for players who went to Switzerland and Austria.
Negotiations with FIFA will likely be on the agenda when the 207-member ECA next meets in February in Doha, Qatar.
Rummenigge said clubs from other continents, which have no equivalent collective lobbying group, will be invited - and all would be "very curious'' to see how Qatar is preparing to host the 2022 World Cup.

Anti-Islam movie sparks riots in Egypt; angry mob kills American ambassador in Libya

A movie attacking Islam’s prophet Muhammad sparked assaults on US diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday. A Libyan security official reported an American was shot to death as protesters burned the US Consulate in Benghazi, and in Cairo, protesters scaled the walls of the US Embassy walls and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner.
These were the first such assaults on US diplomatic facilities in either country, at a time when both Libya and Egypt are struggling to overcome the turmoil following the ouster of their longtime leaders, Moammar Gadhafi and Hosni Mubarak in uprisings last year.
The protests in both countries were sparked by outrage over a video being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian campaigner in the United States.
Sam Bacile, the writer, director and producer of the movie that he says showcases his view of Islam as a hateful religion, was funded by $5 million from about 100 Jewish donors who he declined to identify, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
In the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a large mob stormed the US Consulate, with gunmen firing their weapons, said Wanis al-Sharef, an Interior Ministry official in Bengazi. A witness said attackers fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at the consulate as they clashed with Libyans hired to guard the facility.
Outnumbered by the crowd, Libyan security forces did little to stop them, al-Sharef said.
The crowd overwhelmed the facility and set fire to it, burning most of it and looting the contents, witnesses said.
One American was shot to death and a second was wounded in the hand, al-Sharef said. He did not give further details, and there was no immediate US confirmation of the death.
Hours before the Benghazi attack, hundreds of mainly ultraconservative Islamist protesters in Egypt marched to the US Embassy in downtown Cairo, gathering outside its walls and chanting against the movie and the US. Most of the embassy staff had left the compound earlier because of warnings of the upcoming demonstration.
“Say it, don’t fear: Their ambassador must leave,” the crowd chanted.
Dozens of protesters then scaled the embassy walls, and several went into the courtyard and took down the American flag from a pole. They brought it back to the crowd outside, which tried to burn it, but failing that, tore it apart.
The protesters on the wall then raised on the flagpole a black flag with a Muslim declaration of faith, “There is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet.” The flag, similar to the banner used by al-Qaida, is commonly used by ultraconservatives around the region.
The crowd grew throughout the evening with thousands standing outside the embassy. Dozens of riot police lined up along the embassy walls but did not stop protesters as they continued to climb and stand on the wall — though it appeared no more went into the compound.
The crowd chanted, “Islamic, Islamic. The right of our prophet will not die.” Some shouted, “We are all Osama,” referring to al-Qaida’s late leader, bin Laden. Young men, some in masks, sprayed graffiti on the walls. Some grumbled that Islamist President Mohammed Morsi had not spoken out about the movie.
A group of women in black veils and robes that left only their eyes exposed chanted, “Worshippers of the Cross, leave the Prophet Muhammad alone.”
By midnight, the crowd had dwindled. The US Embassy said on its Twitter account that there will be no visa services on Wednesday because of the protests.
A senior Egyptian security official at the embassy area said authorities allowed the protest because it was “peaceful.” When they started climbing the walls, he said he called for more troops, denying that the protesters stormed the embassy. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
The Cairo embassy is in a diplomatic area in Garden City, where the British and Italian embassies are located, only a few blocks away from Tahrir Square, the center of last year’s uprising that led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. The US Embassy is built like a fortress, with a wall several meters high. But security has been scaled back in recent months, with several roadblocks leading to the facility removed after legal court cases by residents.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry promised in a statement to provide the necessary security for diplomatic missions and embassies and warned that “such incidents will negatively impact the image of stability in Egypt, which will have consequences on the life of its citizens.”
One protester, Hossam Ahmed, said he was among those who entered the embassy compound and replaced the American flag with the black one. He said the group has now removed the black flag from the pole and laid it instead on a ladder on top of the wall.
“This is a very simple reaction to harming our prophet,” said another, bearded young protester, Abdel-Hamid Ibrahim.
In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Egyptian police had removed the demonstrators who entered the embassy grounds. Speaking before reports of the slain American emerged, she condemned the attack on the consulate in Libya “in the strongest terms.”
Muslims find it offensive to depict Muhammad in any fashion, much less in an insulting way. The 2005 publication of 12 caricatures of the prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper triggered riots in many Muslim countries.
A 14-minute trailer of the movie that sparked the protests, posted on the website YouTube in an original English version and another dubbed into Egyptian Arabic, depicts Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a madman in an overtly ridiculing way, showing him having sex and calling for massacres.
A YouTube spokesman said the website would not take down the video at this point. The spokesman said the website’s policy is to remove videos that include a threat of violence, but not those only expressing opinions.
“We take great care when we enforce our policies and try to allow as much content as possible while ensuring that our Community Guidelines are followed,” the YouTube representative said. “Flagged content that does not violate our Guidelines will remain on the site.”
Bacile, an American citizen who said he produced, directed and wrote the two-hour film, said he had not anticipated such a furious reaction.
“I feel sorry for the embassy. I am mad,” Bacile said.
Speaking from a telephone with a California number, Bacile said he is Jewish and familiar with the region. Bacile said the film was produced in English and he doesn’t know who dubbed it in Arabic. The full film has not been shown yet, he said, and he said he has declined distribution offers for now.
“My plan is to make a series of 200 hours” about the same subject, he said.
Morris Sadek, an Egyptian-born Christian in the US known for his anti-Islam views, told The Associated Press from Washington that he was promoting the video on his website and on certain TV stations, which he did not identify.
Both depicted the film as showing how Coptic Christians are oppressed in Egypt, though it goes well beyond that to ridicule Muhammad — a reflection of their contention that Islam as a religion is inherently oppressive.
“The main problem is I am the first one to put on the screen someone who is (portraying) Muhammad. It makes them mad,” Bacile said. “But we have to open the door. After 9/11 everybody should be in front of the judge, even Jesus, even Muhammad.”
For several days, Egyptian media have been reporting on the video, playing some excerpts from it and blaming Sadek for it, with ultraconservative clerics going on air to denounce it.
Medhat Klada, a representative of Coptic Christian organizations in Europe, said Sadek’s views are not representative of expatriate Copts.
“He is an extremist… We don’t go down this road. He has incited the people (in Egypt) against Copts,” he said, speaking from Switzerland. “We refuse any attacks on religions because of a moral position.”
But he said he was concerned about the backlash from angry Islamists, saying their protest only promotes the movie. “They don’t know dialogue and they think that Islam will be offended from a movie.”