Category Archives: ukraine and russia

Ukraine — Barbarians at the gate from Russia and inside too

Lviv is Ukraine’s most beautiful city, an exquisite UNESCO World Heritage site that has survived attacks and changed hands for seven centuries. The city is a successful IT hub and its hotels, restaurants, and architecture attract 2.5 million visitors a year. Since 2006, its reform-minded mayor and city council have upgraded infrastructure and enticed industry… Read More

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Putin’s folly and more is good news for Ukraine

Ukrainians are finally starting to see that “spring has arrived” following a string of positive developments. “It’s the Ukrainian national habit to complain, but there has been a lot of good news lately,” said Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Trade Nataliya Mykolska in an interview while on a trade mission to Canada. “Naftogaz won the Stockholm… Read More

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Trump already a lame duck President

Donald Trump is an inappropriate President and has not delivered anything more than a Potemkin Presidency. Grigori Potemkin erected phony portable settlements along the Dnieper River to deceive Czarina Catherine the Great that her reign was creating prosperity. After she passed, the structures would be disassembled and re-assembled further along her route to lengthen the… Read More

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IMF: Cut off Ukraine until Anti-Corruption Court Established

“The IMF should not give one more dollar to Ukraine until the Anti-Corruption Court is in operation,” said Sergii Leshchenko in a May 9 telephone interview. Leshchenko is a hero of the Revolution of Dignity, a lanky and serious journalist-turned-politician who has risked his life and career for years to fight corruption in Ukraine. He’s… Read More

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Ukraine’s Health Care Reformer is Courageous Ukrainian-American, Ulana Suprun

In March, Ukraine’s reformers applauded when the National Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Roman Nasirov, the country’s chief tax and customs official, on embezzlement charges. But he claimed he was having a heart attack, called an ambulance, and was diagnosed as too ill to be taken to court. Such tricks might have worked before, but this time… Read More

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Putin’s Cold War 2.0: KGB agents in tuxedos not trenchcoats

The same dirty tricks deployed by the KGB for decades are used in today’s Cold War 2.0, and have permeated geopolitics from Syria to Ukraine and the world’s capitals. But spies in trench coats been supplanted by Russians in tuxedos with huge bank accounts who use financial, social, and political weaponry to build tentacles that… Read More

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This is Watergate 2.0: Trump on the ropes over Russian links

Stock markets fell this week along with U.S. President Donald Trump’s popularity and Republican legislative hopes as Watergate 2.0 unfolds. The testimony by The Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey confirmed an investigation is under way to assess whether the Trump team colluded with the Russians. This is eerily similar to 1972 when U.S…. Read More

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Illicit Financial Flows: The Unchecked Scourge of the World

The Canada-US Law Institute panel on money laundering and the fact that it is the “scourge of the world” that threatens democracies and capitalism involving myself and Josee Nadeau. Panel is linked here and the panel — with its background and my hard-hitting presentation as to the fact that the lawyers must have “know your client”… Read More

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