Tag: Ukraine

A Conversation With Carl Bildt

A while back, I interviewed the most enigmatic diplomat in the world: Carl Bildt. Mr. Bildt has served as Sweden’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, and held a number of posts in the Balkans, including as the EU’s Special Envoy to the former Yugoslavia, Co-Chairman of the Dayton Peace Conference…

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Russia Seeks Its Own Version Of Kosovo In Eastern Ukraine

“Russia is seeking to present the Western powers with its own version of Kosovo. Just as Russia’s ally Serbia claims sovereignty over Kosovo with some validity in terms of international law, but has no effective control over most of its territory, the Russians are planning to make Eastern Ukraine a…

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Photos of Odessa, Plus Our Valentine’s Day 2017 Playlist

It’s Valentine’s Day and in case that matters to anyone anymore, your editor has put together a playlist of music made by some of our friends in Ukraine and Russia. We’re also throwing in some of our photos of the beautiful Black Sea port city of Odessa, where we occasionally hide out when we’re not…

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The Last Jews of Zakarpattia

To commemorate this weekend’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, János Chialá and Tali Mayer report from Zakarpattia in southwestern Ukraine, where they met some of the region’s last remaining Jews. The Ukrainian region of Zakarpattia has always been somewhat of a borderland, and one that often exchanged hands as borders shifted around it: in the last…

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Tiraspol Time Machine

Doris Manu visits Transnitria to find a largely apolitical populace, a monopoly company that supported the new president that owns supermarkets, factories, and a TV channel, and nightclubs that host Venetian Carnival-themed parties and blast Rihanna late into the night, where you pay for drinks with plastic rubles. Welcome to Tiraspol, capital of…

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Letter from Shkodër: The Future of Football in Kosovo

After receiving a thrashing from Croatia in a historic World Cup qualifier in Shkodër, Robert O’Connor takes a look at the past and uncertain future of football in Kosovo.  Midnight in Shkodër. It’s peaceful, almost deserted. The Catherine Wheels that had shed their sparks all along the main street earlier in…

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Gerard Depardieu vs Emir Kusturica: Whose Side Are You On?

Emir Kusturica screened his latest “frantic two-hour Balkan vanity project” (Screendaily) at Venice last week, giving Putinist wino Gerard Depardieu an opportunity to voice his opinion about the unwashed director from Sarajevo. In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Depardieu called Kusturica a fraud and said some other very nasty…

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