11. Mai 2016
Banned from Ukraine for five years for his efforts, German journalist Ulrich Heyden reports for Telepolis on the two-year commemoration of the Odessa Massacre of May 2, 2014. Two years after the tragedy, no perpetrator has been charged for the crimes committed that day. Despite a massive presence of unfriendly security forces, some 2,000 residents of Odessa gathered in central Odessa, Ukraine on May 2 to commemorate the arson massacre in the city center exactly two years earlier that killed at least 42 people. Also present were some international observers.
29. April 2016
Plans for the economic renewal and modernization of Crimea were discussed at a recent economic forum in Yalta. The second, International Business Forum of Yalta took place from April 13 to 15 at the luxury Mriya Hotel, southwest of the city. The forum discussed and debated strategies for how the peninsula can promote economically, notwithstanding Russia’s present economic turmoil and the economic sanctions imposed by Western countries. Experts attending the forum explained that the untapped potential of Crimea is huge, particularly in the tourism, health and IT industries.
22. April 2016
In of the interview, the Russian economist Vasily Koltashov explained that Western economic sanctions and the resulting economic turmoil in Russia have the people Russian people restless. And there are increasing tensions within the Russian elite, torn between reconciliation with the West or an independent course for the country. In part two, Koltashov explains the concern of the Russian people of a chaotic ‘Ukrainian scenario’ washing over their country; the role of Vladimir Putin in reconciling the interests of different groups in the Russian elite; the political situation of the working class in Russia today; and why a resurgence of popularity of Stalin is occurring among parts of the Russian population.
12. April 2016
An Interview with Russian Economist Vasily Koltashov The ‘Moscow Economic Forum 2016’ took place on March 23, 24. There, much criticism of the economic policies of the Russian government was voiced. Greater support of Russian industry through easier access to loans was advocated. The following interview was conducted by German journalist Ulrich Heyden with Russian economist Vasily Koltashov shortly after the forum took place. For a report on the Moscow Economic Forum, see Ulrich Heyden’s article in CounterPunch on April 8, 2016.
8. April 2016
There is keen interest in Russia for alternative policies to address the economic turmoil the country is enduring. This was demonstrated by the large number of participants at the Moscow Economic Forum which took place at Moscow State University on March 23 and 24. Scientists, entrepreneurs, politicians and students crowded into lavish halls of a new wing of the famous university. Sharp criticism of the Russian ruling class was frequently voiced by speakers and audience members. Said to be “separated from the people”, influencing the decisions of the top economic elite in Russia was said to be “virtually impossible”.
5. April 2016
It’s Thursday, March 31 and the sun is shining. From inside a ruined apartment building on the northern outskirts of the city of Gorlovka, you can hear the cries of an elderly woman, her voice cracking. She screams, “You said, no one here would shoot against us!” Just then, an observer group was in the vicinity of the building, consisting of officials of the internationally unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The woman was perhaps addressing the international observers, who wear vests prominently identifying themselves.
23. März 2016
Nine hundred thousand Ukrainian internal refugees are threatened with losing social assistance. Still no successor to the discredited Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is in sight. Will Poroshenko now have to haggle with the Russia-friendly oligarchs? Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet today in Brussels with Angela Merkel and François Hollande, the press secretary of the Ukrainian President, Svyatoslav Zegolko, announced via Facebook.
18. Dezember 2015
In Ukraine there is almost daily right-wing violence against the police and judiciary. On November 30, 100 members of the Right Sector stormed the Malinowski Court in Odessa. Security officers were simply pushed aside. Masked men and muscular women stood threateningly before the three judges. The judges had approved a ruling to release on bail five people detained since the violent events of May 2, 2014 in the city.
8. Juli 2018
30. Januar 2014
Richtige Freude kam bei mir auf dem Maidan nicht auf. Mich schockten die vielen Porträts von Stepan Bandera, dem Ideologen der ukrainischen Nationalisten, deren bewaffnete Einheiten sich an der Seite der deutschen Wehrmacht an der Judenvernichtung beteiligten. Die Organisation des Protest-Camps ist perfekt. Viele Freiwillige helfen. Doch nicht alle Menschen in Kiew sind für die Platz-Besetzung.
2. Mai 2013
Die dagestanische Hauptstadt Machatschkala wirkt auf den ersten Blick friedlich. Nur wer nachfragt, erfährt, dass immer noch junge Männer, die als Islamisten verdächtigt werden, von Uniformierten entführt werden. In Machatschkala gibt es zahlreiche Cafes, einen großen Markt und die bekannte Fußballmannschaft Andschi, der ich an einem Sonntag beim Spiel zusah.
17. September 2012
Seit Putin im Amt ist, kommen weniger Menschen zu den Demonstrationen für freie Wahlen. Doch einige Zehntausend waren es an diesem Tag im September 2012 schon. Mich überraschte die Kreativität der Demonstranten. Transparente, Plakate und kleine Installationen wurden mit viel Liebe gestaltet. Bei vielen Transparenten ging es um Pussy Riot. Aber auch Kürzungen im Bildungsbereich waren ein Thema.