The Swedish government has condemned an attack over the weekend in which four people were wounded, saying violence by far-right groups was hurting the country’s image.
Four people were beaten and cut in a fight in the early hours of Sunday in the city of Malmo after a march to celebrate International Women’s Day, police said. One is still in hospital.
Right-wing political group The Party of the Swedes said in a press release that the incident occurred when some of its members were attacked in Malmo by left-wing “extremists”.
Three people were arrested and have been charged with attempted murder.
Western nations on Tuesday pressed ahead with plans to impose sanctions on Russia, with the French foreign minister saying they could kick in within days unless Russian authorities accept a U.S. proposal for discussions to end the crisis in Ukraine.
Western officials were set to meet in London Tuesday to hammer out details of the sanctions plan, which French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said could take effect this week and would likely include the freezing of individuals’ assets and the revocation of travel visas.
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry has told Russian authorities that they need to halt their advance in Crimea and open a dialogue with Ukraine’s new government before he will visit Moscow for talks. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that the U.S. proposal was “unsatisfactory.”
The European Union froze the assets on Thursday of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, former prime minister Mykola Azarov and 16 other senior Ukrainian officials suspected of misusing state funds and violating human rights.
In a legal filing published in the European Union’s Official Journal, the EU said that “all funds and economic resources belonging to, owned, held or controlled” by the people listed was now frozen within the 28-nation union.
The announcement follows a decision taken last month by EU foreign ministers in response to the collapse of the Ukrainian government and Yanukovich’s flight into exile following a crackdown on protesters in Kiev in which scores killed.
Ukraine’s new prime minister, Arseny Yatseniuk, has said Yanukovich embezzled as much as $37 billion during three years in office.
In order to understand what’s happening now, Olga said you need to first accept that “Crimea is really different from the rest of the country.” (For safety concerns, all of the Ukrainians quoted in this article will be identified by first name only). The region was part of the Russian empire since the end of the 18th century and only recently became part of Ukraine when then-Soviet Union leader Nikita Kruschev gifted it in 1954, “but it was really only a formality.” When the Soviet Union collapsed and borders were drawn, Crimea became part of Ukraine “to the dismay of a lot of people there.” Most of the population is Russian speaking and even the ethnic Ukrainians that do live there are Russian speakers for the most part, she explains. And as home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, the city of Sevastopol in particular has many people who are Russian citizens. “In general, the sentiment is way more pro-Russian than pro-Ukrainian.”
Nobody had any illusions about who Yanukovych really is…
The European Union is ready to provide 11 billion euros ($15 billion) of financial support to Ukraine over the next couple of years via a series of loans and grants, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday.
The assistance would be delivered in coordination with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank, and is in part contingent on Ukraine signing a deal with the International Monetary Fund.
“The package combined could bring an overall support of at least 11 billion euros over the next couple of years, from the EU budget and EU-based international financial institutions,” Barroso told a news conference.
On Saturday, Mr Kolomoisky said he had accepted an offer from Kiev to head the regional government in his native Dnipropetrovsk region in eastern Ukraine, where he controls a large share of industry and other businesses.
Ihor Valeriyovych Kolomoyskyi born February 13, 1963) is an Ukrainian-Israeli business oligarch of Jewish descent. Kolomoysky has a dual Ukrainian-Israeli citizenship although dual citizenship is not recognized by Ukraine and controls his business empire from Switzerland. Kolomoyskyi is the leading partner of the Privat Group and a de facto chairman of the FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
President Oleksandr Turchynov announced the nomination Sunday, as part of reshuffle that saw 16 district heads replaced, the news site Gazeta.ua reported.
He is a well known activist in Jewish circles in Europe and Isreal:
Moshe Azman, a chief rabbi of Ukraine, told the Ma’ariv daily that Kolomoisky was among Ukraine’s leading Jewish leader
“Yes, I agreed, because the homeland is in danger,” Mr Kolomoisky, a prominent member and supporter of the country’s Jewish community, told the Financial Times.
Rabbi Shmuel Kaminezki, spiritual leader of the Jewish community in Dnipropetrovsk, praised Mr Kolomoisky and denied Russian claims that extremists out to persecute Russians and other minorities had taken over power in Ukraine.
Ihor Kolomoyskyi’s name in English is also spelled as Igor/Ihor Kolomoyskyi/Kolomoysky/Kolomoisky/Kolomoiskiy/Kolomoyskiy.
Kolomoyskyi is often nicknamed Benya (Беня) (which is a Russian-Jewish short name popular in early 20th century) and Bonifatsiy - after a character of the popular Soviet animated film whose image is visually similar to Kolomoyskyi’s appearance and hair-cut.
According to the Kyiv Post, Kolomoisky is the president of the European Jewish Union, an organization he cofounded in 2011, and a major donor to Jewish causes in Ukraine and beyond. Ukrainian media reports in 2012 estimated his wealth at $3-4 billion. He has interests in the banking sector, metallurgy, chemicals, energy and airlines.
Ihor Kolomoisky, who is a co-owner of the Privat Group and Head of European Jewish Council, to the office.
which brings to mind the billion dollar gorilla in the room : is his appointment heralding a new oligarchy?
The Privat Group, which has not been formalized as a legal entity, is one of Ukraine’s largest business groups and incorporates Ukraine’s No. 1 PrivatBank, as well as oil, ferrous metal, food, agriculture, and transport assets.
Igor Kolomoisky, 51, oligarch and Ukraine’s third richest person with an estimated fortune of $2.4 billion, arrived in Dnipropetrovsk to take charge as the regional governor of the nation’s second most populous oblast with 3.3 million people.
he is not the only one :
Putin may have reason to fear this man :
Kolomoisky referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as “a small-sized schizophreniac” who “went insane” and whose attempts to “revive the Russian Empire to the 1913 borders can bring world to disaster.”
a little conspiracy for your evening tea:
“It was important to disrupt the planned introductory speech by Gepa (Kernes) and Dopa (Kharkiv Oblast Governor Mykhailo Dobkin). It was planned that after the speech Yanukovych will enter the stage and announce that the Russian military will help ‘to free Ukraine’ (from the new interim government),” Kolomoyskiy said.
and finally this:
Turchynov also appointed a member of the far-right Svoboda party, Sidor Kizin, as governor of the Zhytomyr district.
The party now controls four districts. Its leader, Oleh Tyahnybok, has praised supporters for being the “worst fear of the Jewish-Russian mafia” and several of its lawmakers have called Jews “kikes.”
and this news makes Stormfront very unhappy (do not click if you are allergic to hate)
If true, things could hardly be worse for Ukrainians.
Is there any confirmation of this ??
‘Russia pulls forces back from border,’ “Putin breaks silence on Ukraine: Yanukovych has no political future,” this thing had three headlines…
Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled his forces back from the Ukrainian border on Tuesday yet said Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine. He accused the West of encouraging an anti-constitutional coup in Ukraine and driving it onto anarchy and declared that any sanctions the West places on Russia will backfire.
It was Putin’s first comments since Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kyiv last month and landed in Russia. Ukraine’s new government wants to put him on trial for the deaths of over 80 people during protests in Kyiv.
Tensions remained high Tuesday in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, with troops loyal to Moscow firing warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was en route to Kyiv, where Ukraine’s new government is based.
Has anyone asked the Economist, if it is within their style-book to use ‘Britain’ and ‘England’ interchangeably ?
I’m guessing no…
British or English aside:
This underlies the Euroscepticism that pervades the Conservative Party and a majority of Britons, which could lead to Britain voting to exit the EU at a referendum in 2017. Britain never much wanted to be a member of the club in the first place.
To the extent that it did, it was motivated by a narrow economic prospectus: to access the benefits of European free trade. It was never impressed by the subsidy regimes designed for French farmers and other special interests; Britain was a net contributor to the European budget for its first three decades of membership. This tested its rationale for joining the club from the start.
The steady creep of EU powers and regulations, into the justice system, the workplace and beyond, have caused much greater resentment, which the ongoing troubles in the euro zone have exacerbated. Many Britons feel they have ended up in a power hungry, supra-governmental and economically moribund arrangement, which they never voted to join, and would not have done. Clearly, they have a point.
All the same, why are they so bothered? Unsatisfactory as the EU is, the benefits of belonging to the world’s biggest free-trade group probably outweigh the costs. That is why other north Europeans, including the Swedes, Dutch and even Germans, who share much or all of the British critique, are not similarly agitating to leave. Part of the answer lies in British history. Almost alone in the EU, Britain recalls the second world war with more pride than fear.
It does so, moreover, in such a way as to exaggerate the benefits of isolation—of being a plucky island nation apart. This makes it reluctant to see itself as the European country, wedded to the fortunes of other European countries, that it is. Memories of empire also play a part in this deceipt: some Tory Eurosceptics even dream of reconstituting it as an alternative to the EU, in the form of an Anglophone or Commonwealth trade block.
read more @ The Economist
there is history here:
Although the British government was favorable[SIC] to the creation of the European Communities, the United Kingdom was not a founding member.
and the feeling might have been mutual:
trade with the European Communities ended up accounting for more of Britain’s trade than that with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which had been established partially as an alternative to the European Economic Community. This led the UK to reconsider its policy, moving closer to the EEC and opening accession negotiations in 1961.
French president Charles de Gaulle strongly resisted, arguing that the UK was closer to American policies than European ones, and would therefore attempt to “sabotage” the community. Consequently, France vetoed the UK’s first attempt at achieving membership in 1963.
and this brings to mind Scotland’s up-coming vote of succession :
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has tended to be pro-EU since the 1980s.
as an aside, Ireland, to its credit, has been very Euro-centric of late….
here is the polling :
Support for Withdrawal
A YouGov poll in 2010 found that 47% of voters in the United Kingdom would vote to leave the European Union, while 33% would vote to stay in (with 14% undecided and 5% unwilling to vote).
Support and opposition for withdrawal from the Union are not evenly distributed among the different age groups: opposition to EU membership is most prevalent among those 60 and older (57%) and decreases to 31% among those aged 18-24 (with 35% of 18-24 year olds stating that they would vote for Britain to remain in the EU).
Those most likely to vote for continued EU membership were those aged 25-39, at 38%, though the same percentage of 25-39 year olds would vote to leave it.
Finally, the results of the poll showed some regional variation: support for withdrawal from the EU is lowest in London and Scotland (at 40% and 44% respectively) but reaches 49% across the rest of mainland Britain.
huffpo uk adds:
Europe isn’t perfect, and nor is the EU. Neither are ‘finished projects’, so to speak. The Ukrainian revolution is a powerful reminder that not all the former Soviet republics democratised at the same time, or at the same pace, and we all know that the EU is hardly a paradise for democracy.
more reading :
Jane Ohlmeyer discarded and replaced the historical title “English Civil War” with the titles the “Wars of the Three” and the “British Civil Wars”, positing that the civil war in England cannot be understood isolated from events in other parts of Great Britain and Ireland;
and a great book on the subject of the ‘British Civil Wars’ - The British Civil War: The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1660
and bcw-project.org - a great resource for the ‘British Civil Wars’
While Ukraine deserves to chart it’s own course, Svoboda controls a large segment of the parliament and has members in control of key ministries, including defense. Will Ukrainians be able to rein in their more fascistic brethren, who blame Jews, and Russians for their country’s misery, before violence is brought to bear on innocent Jews and Russians and whoever else they may not like that day.
Vladimir Putin’s Crimean Mistake: The Russian President Is Miscalculating How Easy It Will Be to Control Crimea.
o see why, just open a map. That narrow strip of land tethering northern Crimea to the Ukrainian mainland, called the Perokop Isthmus, is the peninsula’s lifeline. What’s left out of most Western analyses of Putin’s brazen military intervention is the Crimea’s complete economic dependence on the mainland, which provides nearly all of its electricity and water and about 70 percent of its food.
That’s why the Crimea is even a part of Ukraine. Don’t believe that myth about the peninsula being a “gift” from Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to what was then the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1954. For laughs, people often add that he did it when he was drunk. That story was actually concocted during the early 1990s, when Russia first started making mischief with pro-Russian separatism.
Then, the movement had genuine public support because the collapse of the Soviet Union left a disgruntled Russian majority on the peninsula, including many military retirees for whom Crimea was like a Soviet Florida. But the only reason that Crimea had a Russian majority was because Josef Stalin deported the native Crimean Tatars en masse to Central Asia after World War II and resettled Russians to replace them.