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MOSCOW VETOES UKRAINIAN DEMOCRACY IN THE OSCE

The OSCE is probably the only international institution in which Russia has the statutory power to veto a country's advance toward democracy. At the OSCE's year-end meeting in Sofia on December 6-7, Russia vetoed part of the political declaration relating to Ukraine, claiming that it... MORE

PRO-KUCHMA CAMP CONTINUES TO DISINTEGRATE

In the aftermath of the scandalous second round of the Ukrainian presidential election on November 21, the pro-Kuchma parliamentary majority, established originally to back up Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych's "coalition government," is continuing to unravel. The disintegration is part and parcel of the gradual defection... MORE

BELARUS: THE RETURN OF SHEIMAN

With the resignation of his chief of staff, Ural Latypau (Latypov), and his subsequent appointment of Viktar Sheiman, President Alexander Lukashenka brought back to high office a trusted lieutenant who is also thoroughly discredited outside the country. The motives behind the new appointment have been... MORE

UKRAINE WITHOUT A CABINET

Last week Ukrainian opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko won a major victory. The opposition achieved one of its main goals -- the invalidation of the November 21 runoff -- and almost achieved its other major goal -- the dismissal of the cabinet formed by Prime... MORE

MOLDOVA DECRIES “RUSSIAN OCCUPATION,” DRAWS MIXED WESTERN RESPONSE

On November 30, in its strongest-ever international statement, Moldova decried the "foreign military occupation, namely by the Russian Federation, of a part of Moldova's territory," demanded those troops' withdrawal, described Trans-Dniester's authorities as Russian-installed proxies, and characterized the negotiations with them as a discredited process.... MORE

YANUKOVYCH-GATE UNFOLDS AFTER UKRAINIAN ELECTIONS

The first year of Leonid Kuchma's second term as president of Ukraine was marked by a scandal that eventually became known as Kuchmagate. The affair was triggered by the release of secret tape recordings made in his office by a security guard. Two years later... MORE

YAVLINSKY: KREMLIN MUST STOP TRYING TO “SPLIT” UKRAINE

Several leading Russian liberals have strongly criticized Russia's role in Ukraine's ongoing election crisis. On December 2, Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky accused Russian authorities of interference in Ukraine's internal affairs. "Russian ruling circles should stop facilitating a split in Ukraine and provoking clashes there," Yavlinsky... MORE

LATVIA’S NEW GOVERNING COALITION: BROAD-BASED, RIGHT LEANING, LATVIAN

On December 1, Latvian political parties ended a two-month deadlock by concluding a broad-based coalition agreement and programmatic declaration for the new government. The outgoing government, which had resigned in October and stayed on as caretaker, was a minority government of heterogeneous composition. It depended... MORE