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Daniel had posted several times about the effect of the Russian-Ukrainian gas crisis. This thought were formulated in our discussion following his post which drew attention to Gazprom deputy-chairman Mr Medvedev’s op-ed in the WSJ Online. That is the Russian side of the story. I wanted to flip the coin and defend the Ukrainian position.… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Mr. Medvedev, deputy chairman of Gazprom and director general of Gazprom Export has written an opinion about the gas crisis in the Wall Street Journal Online. I think this is a respectable argument on a respectable forum. Gazprom is owned by Russia, and Russia, and it can be argued that sometimes it represents non-business interests.… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Moldova’s President Vladimir Voronin was turned away on Monday from the country’s separatist region on the orders of self-styled president of Transdniestria, Igor Smirnov. Mr. Smirnov’s fiefdom within Moldova’s internationally recognized borders is protected by Russian ‘peacekeepers’. You can read the story in English in Kyiv Post. I cannot tell if Mr Smirnov was just… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The opposition Liberal Party has organized a demonstration against Russian troops in Moldova, which was crushed by the police. A break-away region ‘invited’ more Russian troops into the small Eastern European country. Familiar story? Moldova (still on the map in the right hand corner) is a former Soviet republic between the European Union and Ukraine.… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal