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WILL SPEAKER LYTVYN GO INTO OPPOSITION?

Parliament speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn's People's Party of Ukraine (PPU), formerly the Agrarian Party, may fill the niche of the non-Communist opposition to the new authorities ahead of the spring 2006 parliamentary elections. While the parties of the defeated elite that had generally been expected to... MORE

UKRAINE MOVES A STEP CLOSER TO EUROPE

During President Viktor Yushchenko's first month in office, he visited Europe twice, appearing at the European Parliament, EU, Council of Europe, and NATO. After a month of such visits and meetings there can be no doubt that Yushchenko is serious when he spoke of "the... MORE

YUSHCHENKO POISONING INVESTIGATION NEARING CLIMAX

During a February 15-16 visit to Lviv, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko optimistically predicted that the investigation into his near fatal poisoning in September 2004 would soon be finalized. "There is greater optimism now on this issue," he said. "I don't think it's a complicated case,"... MORE

KWASNIEWSKI, TARASYUK URGE A EUROPEAN SOLUTION IN TRANSNISTRIA

"Ukraine is the start, next up is Moldova," Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski told the Wall Street Journal on February 17, referring to Poland's active role in shaping European Union policy in the region. Citing the Russian military presence and transnational crime haven in Transnistria, the... MORE

MOVEMENT TOWARD UNIFICATION OF PRO-YUSHCHENKO CAMP STALLS

Among the political goals announced by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is a plan to unify the political parties that comprise the "Our Ukraine" bloc into a single political party (Ukrayinska pravda, February 13). Yushchenko signed a "declaration of principles" regarding a new Our Ukraine party... MORE

LITHUANIA TO LEAD NATO UNIT IN AFGHANISTAN

Speaking at the high-level NATO conference in Munich on February 12-13, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld singled out for praise Lithuania's contribution to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer had similarly commended Lithuania's contribution to ISAF... MORE

ENTREPRENEURS STRIKE IN BELARUS

On February 10, entrepreneurs staged a one-day strike in various cities across Belarus to protest the introduction of a value-added tax (VAT). The authorities reacted by detaining strike leader Anatol Shumchanka, head of the public organization "Perspektiva," for a 10-day period. However, the businessmen have... MORE

YUSHCHENKO ANNOUNCES NEW EMPHASIS ON OBSERVING THE RULE OF LAW IN UKRAINE

Since the December election of President Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine's Prosecutor-General's Office has launched a variety of new investigations, some already leading to criminal charges. One of Yushchenko's fundamental reforms will be institutionalizing the rule of law in a country that had continued the Soviet tradition... MORE