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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ukrainian nuclear power: ticking time bomb activated

On June 15, the Ukraine’s Zaporizhia NPP has started loading the first batch of TVS-WR fuel produced by Westinghouse Electric Co. into the reactor of Unit 5, the press service of Ukraine’s Energoatom reported.
The event actually appeared to be so significant for the United States that Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Edward McGinnis has personally attended the Zaporizhia NPP.

The main purpose of my visit is to demonstrate strengthening of partnership with the government and the people of Ukraine. Furthermore this visit coincided with the very important event - loading of the fresh fuel supplied by the alternative nuclear fuel manufacturer for Ukraine, which is an important step made by Energoatom towards enhancement of the national energy security’, commented Mr. McGinnis.

‘Fresh’ modern American nuclear fuel, not suitable in the opinion of experts on a variety of characteristics, for yet Soviet era breathing nuclear reactors ... – is definitely an important step towards enhancement of the energy security all over the planet.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A. Butkevicius: Doing business on politics

There has been a great deal of talk recently about commercial activities of our Prime Minister A. Butkevicius. Thanks to the labors of the authorities the wave of scandals swamping the government and Social Democrats has at last started abating. There was actually much ado about the attempts by Butkevicius to gain more wealth by creating business paradise for his daughter’s husband Evaldas Vaitasius. The scandalous story of Ministerium, the company under the rule of Vaitasius, that the Prime Minister used for budget money laundering, is quite an eye-opening one in the context. And it shouldn’t be missed on us that Ministerium is only a tip of a huge iceberg, while Vaitasius is only one of many commercial partners of Butkevicius and he is definitely not the most influential one among them.

Yet another evidence to add meat to it is the stuff gotten by the Special Investigation Service of Lithuania. It reveals close and quite beneficial nexus between Butkevicius and his Kaunas “friend”, businessmen Audrius Jakubinas. This long standing relationship originating in the green years of both men now appears to have reached some higher level.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The greatest fraud of the century: referendum in Great Britain

As is known, 23 June, 2016, is the date of the EU vote in Great Britain , which is going to dramatically change the pattern of the relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom, despite the voting results. If Britons vote to remain in the European Union, they'll get more preferences and emerge as the nation even more isolated from the continental EU . In case they decide to leave the EU, several scenarios of the future are possible, though all of them are expected to include massive reconsidering of agreements, deals and contracts. Many experts also believe that Brexit may provoke rise of protectionist sentiment in European states resulting in more feeble power structures of the European Union

The agitation campaign before the referendum formally started on April 15. Her Majesty's Government is calling to vote for staying in the EU but, due to exclusive significance of the issue, the ministers were allowed to voice their private opinion that might differ from the official one, and 7 of 30 ministers have exercised this right . Electoral Commission of Great Britain has registered two campaigns: Vote Leave and Britain Stronger in Europe, each of them officially gained access to £600,000 of public grants with the right to spend up to £7m on the referendum campaign period. Still, David Cameron refused the fair play approach and several days before the start of the agitation period he made the decision to mail leaflets explaining the reasons for staying in the EU to every UK household. The whole mailshot is to cost somewhat £9.3m which will practically double the budget of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign . Mr. Cameron is sure that high stakes in this game may serve solid enough justification of the huge sums to be spent, and so he isn't set to make any apologies at all .

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Eurovision 2016 offended Ukraine

Eurovision song contest 2016 has left an unpleasant aftertaste that feels more like a hangover. It had all began with the preparations for the event when the threat of terrorist attacks made everyone feel rather nervous especially keeping in mind recent tragic events in Paris and Brussels . Despite the assurances of SAPO (Sweden's security service) of enhanced safety precautions at the event, the agitation had been in the air until the contest was over.

After that there was not a hint of fair play, instead we saw absolutely politicized performance which you can easily describe as scandal. Professional jury made up their minds to totally ignore opinions of millions of TV viewers. And it's not about the dispute over the first place that should have been Russia's according to the televoters, but the jury had reserved it for Ukraine beforehand. Poland is a more striking example. It received 222 televotes and could have been 3rd but for the 'honest' judges which gave only 7 votes to Michal Szpak downing him to the 8th place in the overall rating and to the 25th place in the jury rating!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Saakashvili did not receive Hahn's assurances that 'interim' Groysman's Cabinet resigns in 2017...

Many Ukrainians and their foreign partners have been dissatisfied with a new Cabinet of Ministers appointed after Yatsenyuk's resignation. The main critic of the government is Mikheil Saakashvili who currently holds office of Odesa Region's Governor.

Saakashvili considers that new ministers have been appointed by agreement with oligarchs who are not interested in democratic and anti-corruption reforms. Apparently, to one extent or another, influential European politicians share this opinion, too. Saakashvili's letter to Johannes Hahn has been uploaded on the Internet, which includes the situation assessment and alternative solutions of Ukrainian problem.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dalia Grybauskaite: Seven Years of Lies

“We should be extremely careful in dealings with such post-Soviet politicians. Because of their claims to represent or even dominate in EU institutions, stubborn denial of obvious things and unwillingness to accept real life, they pose a serious threat to the balance of interests, established in Europe.”

European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule once said it from the rostrum of influential Brussels Forum. Surely, being a career diplomat and prominent political figure he did not make any personal remarks, confining himself to such kind of generalities. But his unofficial utterances as well as statements of his less sparing of words colleagues offer the possibility to suggest that this chiefly refers to Dalia Grybauskaite, current President of Lithuania and an ambitious politician who denies her Soviet roots with persistence of a maniac.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Does Illarionov try on the crown of the opposition’s Messiah?

America’s efforts to create a certain base in Russia for advancing its own, sometimes very inconsistent political posture is not being disputed by, perhaps, anyone now. For sure, a candidacy for a role of a liberal saviour for authoritarian Russia generates most interest! No need to be Snowden to detect a political pawn after filtering out the information fields that soon is destined to become a weighty chessman.