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Caravaggio stolen from Ukrainian museum

Posted by the Editor on August 1, 2008


News / 1 August 2008 | 17:55

Caravaggio stolen from Ukrainian museum

A painting attributed to the Italian artist Caravaggio has been stolen from a museum in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa, local media reported on Thursday.
`The Taking of Christ,` painted between 1573 and 1602, was stolen on Wednesday night, a museum source told the Interfax news agency.

`The windows had been carefully removed and that is how the criminal got into the museum. The alarm did not go off because the windows had not been broken,` Odessa police chief Vladimir Bossenko was quoted as saying.

The source of the work has been in doubt in the past. It was at one time thought to be a copy of a picture on display at the National Gallery in Dublin.

But in 1950, a Moscow art expert declared that the painting in Odessa was in fact the work of Caravaggio.

The painting had been bought by a Russian ambassador to France and then given to Prince Vladimir Alexandrovich at the end of the 19th century.

After the Russian Revolution, the painting was given to the art school in Odessa and then the museum.

AFP, AsiaOneNews

 

 

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Tymoshenko forecasts quick stabilization of purchasing prices for grain

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News / 1 August 2008 | 17:00

Tymoshenko forecasts quick stabilization of purchasing prices for grain

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has forecast that purchasing prices for grain will soon stabilize.

During a briefing in Dnipropetrovsk region on Friday, she expressed confidence that “it will soon be possible to return normal grain prices and de-monopolize the market.”

Tymoshenko said that the government is planning to buy third class grain in villages at a price of UAH 1,251 per ton (USD 1 / UAH 4.845). The purchasing price for other classes of grain will be then set taking into account this figure.

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Japan to give aid at 110 thousand dollars to Ukraine

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News / 1 August 2008 | 16:00

Japan to give aid at 110 thousand dollars to Ukraine

The Government of Japan made a decision today on giving the humanitarian aid at 110 thousand dollars to people suffered from the flood in Western Ukraine.

The Second Secretary of Embassy of Japan to Ukraine told UNIAN news agency.

According to him, Japan will give to people, who suffered in Western Ukraine tents, blankets, generators and also cleaners for potable water.

He also said that the freights with the humanitarian aid has to be delivered to Boryspil airport on August 3-4.

He also added the Emergency Ministry of Ukraine will be busy with distributing of the aid among the regions suffered from the flood.

He also added that decision on giving the humanitarian aid was made because of development of the bilateral relations between Ukraine and Japan.

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Prime Minister Tymoshenko promises to fully implement anti-flood program adopted in 2005

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News / 1 August 2008 | 15:03

Prime Minister Tymoshenko promises to fully implement anti-flood program adopted in 2005

Prime Minister Tymoshenko promises to fully implement anti-flood program adopted in 2005

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko promises to fully implement an anti-flood program adopted in 2005, Cabinet’s press office reported.

“We will raise the dam of the Dniester PSP and will stabilize other dams. And we will implement our own program, which has been endorsed still in 2005″, the Head of Government noted.

According to Y. Tymoshenko complete implementation of the program endorsed in 2005 will enable protecting western regions from the floods, but its financing was suspended after resignation of Yulia Tymoshenko’s Cabinet.

The Prime Minister emphasized in the Interview Time program on the Fifth TV channel on Thursday that voting of amendments and addenda to the State Budget in the Parliament will make it possible to come from advance payments to complete payment of damages to residents of the flood-hit regions.

She noted that urgency of compensation payments directly depends on quality of work of local authorities. According to the Prime Minister, the government simplified a mechanism of damage fixation, having delegated maximum authorities to local communities. “Further only the local authorities, we cannot calculate damages in Kyiv”, she noted.

The Prime Minister explained that out of UAH 5,802 billion (USD 1/UAH 4.85), by which the Parliament increased the Budget’s expenditure side, UAH 4,402 billion will be directed to mitigate the accident consequences, and another UAH 1.4 billion will be sent to the agroindustiral complex to finance purchases to be made by the Agrarian Fund and for repayment of interest rates on credits received by agrarians.

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Crimean governmental delegation to help flooded regions of Ukraine

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News / 1 August 2008 | 14:30

Crimean governmental delegation to help flooded regions of Ukraine

A Crimean delegation left for Kosiv district of Ivano-Frankivsk region in order to provide assistance to flood-hit people. The delegation includes First Deputy Head of the Crimean Council of Ministers Aziz Abdulayev, Minister of Construction Policy and Architecture Volodymyr Nikolov, Deputy Agrarian Minister Oleksands Balabas.

A working group is formed within the Council of Ministers in order to provide help to Kosiv district of the Ivano-Frankivsk region.

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Ukraine to worthily host Euro-2012

Posted by the Editor on August 1, 2008


News / 1 August 2008 | 13:45

Ukraine to worthily host Euro-2012

Ukraine will suffice forces, money and consolidation of politicians for efficient preparation and hosting of Euro-2012, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko told a TV program Interview Time at the Fifth TV Channel July 31.

The Prime Minister noted that preparation for UEFA’s European Football Championship in Ukraine is in full progress. “I am convinced that Ukraine will worthily host Euro-2012,” she stressed. Y. Tymoshenko is sure that in September Ukraine will get positive estimates from the UEFA on the championship preparation.

The Prime Minister said Euro-2012 is a great chance for the country to build all infrastructure for a short period of time, especially in the hosting cities.

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523 settlements still flooded in Ukraine

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News / 1 August 2008 | 12:56

523 settlements still flooded in Ukraine

As of today, 523 settlements and 9 thousand 10 houses are still flooded in six oblasts in the Western Ukraine, in particular, in Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Vinnytsya, Chernivtsi, Zakarpattya, and Ternopil Oblasts. The water has been drained from 261 settlement (38 thousand 660 houses).

The press-service of the Ukraine’s Ministry of Emergency informed.

Besides, 24 thousand 917 hectares of agricultural lands remain under water.

Ministry of Emergency subdivisions deliver foodstuffs, drinking water, and medicines to the population in the floods area.

62 highways and bridges have been repaired.

On the whole, 10 thousand 484 people are involved in the liquidation of the natural disaster consequences.

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Level of shadow economy reduced by 2%

Posted by the Editor on August 1, 2008


News / 1 August 2008 | 11:30

Level of shadow economy reduced by 2%

The level of shadow economy in Ukraine in 2007 reduced by 2% in comparison with 2006 – down to 32% of gross domestic product, Ministry of Economy reports. The level of shadow economy in 2006 was 34%.

Nevertheless, both in 2006 and 2007 the showings exceeded the threshold valuation of the economic security – 30% of gross domestic product. “But during the latest two years we can observe positive tendency of decrease of the level of shadow economy,” the Ministry notes.

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