: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Section: US & Canada

    Ukrainian-Born Classical Pianist Fired For Pro-Rebel Comments
    Apr07

    Ukrainian-Born Classical Pianist Fired For Pro-Rebel Comments

    The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has sacked a Ukrainian-born classical pianist because of her political commentary on social-media sites in support of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Toronto Symphony Orchestra yanks Ukrainian-born pianist’s shows after talk of ‘deeply offensive’ comments
    Apr07

    Toronto Symphony Orchestra yanks Ukrainian-born pianist’s shows after talk of ‘deeply offensive’ comments

    The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has replaced Ukrainian-born piano soloist Valentina Lisitsa in several performances this week, citing “ongoing accusations of deeply offensive language by Ukrainian media outlets” — a decision which has sparked online backlash from the popular pianist’s fans. TSO president and CEO Jeff Melanson told Torstar...

    Moscow Technology Park Looks to Attract Western Companies
    Apr07

    Moscow Technology Park Looks to Attract Western Companies

    Russian authorities are describing the country’s economic downturn and Western sanctions against it as opportunities to reduce its reliance on energy exports by developing domestic, innovative industries. To spur the growth of high-tech industries, one technology park developed by Moscow city authorities is attracting Western companies that...

    Escalating Tensions Challenge U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council
    Apr07

    Escalating Tensions Challenge U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

    Co-authored by Paul Arthur Berkman, Lloyd N. Axworthy, and Oran R. YoungUkraine escalates urgency to prevent an Arctic Cold War. Already events are moving in dangerous directions, undermining decades of east-west cooperation that have established the high north as a region of low tensions. As the U.S. resumes chairmanship of the Arctic Council...

    Czech President Feuds With US Ambassador Over Ukraine
    Apr07

    Czech President Feuds With US Ambassador Over Ukraine

    PRAGUE—Czech President Milos Zeman and the U.S. ambassador are in a rare public dispute over Zeman’s decision to attend a Russian military parade, and the country’s prime minister and Czech lawmakers are siding with the American. In an interview with online publication Parlamentni Listy on Sunday, Zeman bristled at the envoy’s...

    Why Putin Needs to Read ‘War and Peace’
    Apr07

    Why Putin Needs to Read ‘War and Peace’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has a secret fascination with Leo Tolstoy. As a young KGB agent, he purportedly made a pilgrimage to the Leo Tolstoy Museum and Estate at Yasnaya Polyana. In 2012, he named the writer’s great great grandson Vladimir Tolstoy his cultural advisor. He made War and Peace a prominent set piece in the opening...

    Ukraine President to Let Rebel Regions Vote for More Autonomy
    Apr07

    Ukraine President to Let Rebel Regions Vote for More Autonomy

    KIEV, Ukraine—Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday publicly lifted his objections to a referendum that could give more powers to the restive regions engulfed in more than a year of warfare, reversing his government’s previous position. Russia-backed separatists, however, dismissed Poroshenko’s gesture as meaningless. The...

    Ukrainian leader lifts objections to vote on regional power
    Apr07

    Ukrainian leader lifts objections to vote on regional power

    Ukrainian president lifts objections to referendum on giving more powers to restive regions …read more Source:...

    Ukraine: The World’s Second-Highest Inflation
    Apr07

    Ukraine: The World’s Second-Highest Inflation

    Venezuela has the dubious honor of registering the world’s highest inflation rate. According to my estimate, the annual implied inflation rate in Venezuela is 252%. The only other country in which this rate is in triple digits is Ukraine, where the inflation rate is 111%. The only encouraging thing to say about Ukraine’s shocking...

    Ukrainian president eases opposition to vote on regional power
    Apr07

    Ukrainian president eases opposition to vote on regional power

    KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday publicly lifted his objections to a referendum that could give more powers to the restive regions engulfed in more than a year of warfare, reversing his government’s previous position. The conflict between Russia-backed rebels and government troops in eastern Ukraine has claimed...