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Patriarch Kirill will be met with protests in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on July 26, 2011


News / 26 July 2011 | 14:42

Patriarch Kirill will be met with protests in Ukraine

Patriarch Kirill will be met with protests in Ukraine

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia begins a three day visit to Ukraine on Tuesday, dedicated to the Baptizm of Rus Day.

As Kommersant-Ukraine writes, the visit will be accompanied by protest actions.

This is the fifth visit of Patriarch Kirill to Ukraine over two recent years. The previous visits were accompanied by the confrontation between his opponents – Ukrainian nationalists and supporters from among pro-Russian organizations.

Ukrainian nationalists are preparing protest actions this time too. “Russian Patriarch Kirill again arrives with his pet project about construction of the so-called “Russian peace” in Ukraine, whereas just Ukrainian church confessions are acquiring the moral authority in the country,” Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists Volodymyr Manko said, UKRINFORM reported.

According to him, on Tuesday, a protest action will be held near the Russian Embassy against a visit of Patriarch Kirill to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate treated indifferently the arrival of the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church. “Stubbornly manufacturing an idea of the false church unity of Russia and Ukraine, he more and more repels Ukrainians from himself, who welcome all the more colder his visits,”the press secretary for the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate, Fr. Abbot Yevstratiry Zoria said.

Heads of Orthodox churches started to arrive in Kyiv for celebrations dedicated to the 1023th anniversary of the Baptizm of Rus on Monday.

Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II was the first to arrive in Ukraine, who jointly with the Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Volodymyr has already held a seremonial service at the Kyiv-Pechersk Laura.

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Tymoshenko: Authorities admitted there’s nothing to this case but Twitter tweets

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News / 26 July 2011 | 12:54

Tymoshenko: Authorities admitted there's nothing to this case but Twitter tweets

Tymoshenko: Authorities admitted there’s nothing to this case but Twitter tweets

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says she will continue to communicate with her supporters via Twitter despite the fact that the court ruled to include her posts in the case file.

“The fact that yesterday they added my Twitter messages to the case means that there’s nothing to this case but Twitter messages. So I’d like to thank them once again for demonstrating that there’s no criminal case, that they’re grabbing at such strange things,” Yulia Tymoshenko said before the start of today’s hearing.

Yesterday, Judge Rodion Kireyev granted the state prosecution’s request, presented by prosecutor Liliya Frolova, to include Yulia Tymoshenko’s Twitter messages in the case file on gas contracts signed with Russia in 2009 while she was premier.

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Experts predict Ukraine’s bright economic, uncertain political future – study

Posted by the Editor on July 26, 2011


News / 26 July 2011 | 11:06

Experts predict Ukraine's bright economic, uncertain political future - study

Experts predict Ukraine’s bright economic, uncertain political future – study

In the coming decade Ukraine will be an agricultural state with a booming economy, modernized industry and communications. This conclusion was drawn by the authors of the analytical study The Future of Ukraine, which was carried out by the World Policy Institute and the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

“The Ukrainian economy is likely to grow, and the main branch, according to experts whose work we have analyzed, is agriculture,” Olha Zelinska, one of the study presentation authors, said Monday, UKRINFORM reported.

According to her, experts of the Institute conducted the study based on the Dutch methodology of analysis of 68 English, Russian and Ukrainian language sources, which are concerned with expert predictions.

As noted by Zelinska, most researches forecast that Ukrainian economy growth will be slow, and only Ukrainian studies predict rapid growth. However, none of the experts expects stagnant economy in this country, she said. Industry and communications are considered among the most promising areas of investment, and other sectors of the economy are not the same attractive.

Most studies both in the English and Ukrainian languages considered external driving forces as the main factor of influence on Ukraine’s future. In particular, nearly equal numbers of experts noted the influence of Russia and the EU.

At the same time, according to Zelinska, experts are not inclined to any scenario of Ukraine political development. “Among them there is no consensus on whether we move towards democracy or authoritarianism,” she underscored.

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