"Habsburg! A vile being, heir to an illustrious name, born to a fortune, to honours, to soldiers, to prestige, and who finished as the lowest of Montmartre pimps, living from the money of a poor and unstable girl whom he sent to commit his foul deeds in his place!"
That was after
this Polish scion of the most famous family in Europe and commander of a soi disant
"Ukrainian Legion" failed to finagle the crown as a Socialist king of The Ukraine, and became instead a patron of the rent boys of Paris who "handled women by necessity and men for pleasure"
. And all that before
he turned successively a Nazi sympathizer, a British spy, and finally came, for the first and last time, to Ukraine's capital Kiev as a victim of Stalin and the Twentieth Century.
posted by orthogonality
on Feb 7, 2009 -
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor
. The Holodomor
was the starvation of millions of Ukranians at the hands of the Soviets. The Ukranian government is using this year to push for greater recognition for the genocide. Ukranian communities in Australia
and all over the globe are holding events all year in the lead up to this years Holodomor day on November 25.
posted by sien
on Mar 9, 2008 -
The Cossacks, a proud people with a long history
, are famous nowadays for their dancing, whether of the mass spectacle variety
, or the slightly lower-key celebration of actual Cossacks
. They have some pretty famous music
, too, often featuring balalaikas
. (Behold, the real lyrics
to "Tetris") But dancing and singing is not enough for some
, apparently, who seek to refine Cossack martial arts
posted by StrikeTheViol
on May 23, 2007 -
You've all no doubt been wondering who will represent Ukraine in this year's Eurovision
Song Contest. Well, she's a drag queen
, and if that
wasn't enough to piss off
the Ukrainian nationalists, she's also an environmentalist
("All of us have heard that nuclear waste from the whole world is planned to be brought into Ukraine. It is horribly!
"). Oh, and the Russians
are ticked off, too. Introducing... Verka Serdyuchka
! [last 2 links to YouTube]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Apr 2, 2007 -
The largely forgotten holocaust
of the Ukrainian people began when Stalin imposed collectivism upon the farms, sealing state borders & refusing any seed grain until ficticious and unattainable production goals were met. The Ukrainian upper class were executed, the peasantry left to starve to death. In all, seven million people died, one out of every four citizens. At this Ukranian art site, a collection of stamps
commemorating the event & a gallery of "genocide art"
continue to speak for the dead.
posted by jonson
on Oct 22, 2006 -
built as a defence against marauders provide a rich source of pickings for relic hunters (a photo essay).
posted by tellurian
on Aug 29, 2006 -
On the great Ukrainian bride hunt.
"These are not American women, our guide was telling us. They do not care about your age, looks, or money. And you are not going to have to talk to them for half an hour and then have your testicles handed back to you! Let me tell you: over here, you're the commodity; you're the piece of meat. Ive lived in St. Petersburg for two years, and I wouldnt date an American woman right now if you paid me!"
posted by soiled cowboy
on Jul 11, 2006 -
Ukraine is divided on the issue of Russian:
The Russian speaking population from the eastern part of the country has increasingly attempted to make Russian into an official language only, provoking bitter opposition from the Ukranian speaking majority in the western part. [More inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Mar 28, 2006 -
Government (by market control of Gazprom
company) reduces flow of natural gas to Ukraine.
According to a NYT
article "Russia is now asking for $220 to $230 per 1,000 cubic meters of natural gas, up from $50 now" ending soviet-era years of subsidized price. Yet Russia is still subsidizing
other countries (selectively applying free market ?) while Pravda
blames Ukraine politicians rhetoric. Pay or not paying, Gazprom accuses
Ukraine of tapping into some of the gaslines (apparently 80% of Russian
pass trough pipes in Ukraine). Europe doesn't like not having is gas shipped as Ukraine agreed to the Energy Charter Treaty.
Why should we care ? Shock waves in free market have global effects, meaning you'remore likely to pay energy more...and it's winter.
posted by elpapacito
on Jan 1, 2006 -
Following up on a previous discussion
of the goings-on in Ukraine, it's now a CNN front-page story: Viktor Yushchenko was, in fact, poisoned with dioxin
"There is no doubt about the fact that Mr. Yushchenko's disease has been caused by a case of poisoning by dioxin," Zimpfer said. "What we can say at this point is that this concentration constitutes an amount which is 1,000 times above the normal levels that you would find in blood or tissue... We have made a final diagnosis as well as an additional diagnosis, that we suspect a cause triggered by a third party. So there is suspicion of third party involvement... We can state that there has been an oral intake," he said, adding that it was not known if it was from eating or drinking.
I am currently smoothing the crinkles out of my tin-foil hat in preparation for its constant use throughout the rest of my life. (Or do you think it works better if it's crinkled?)
posted by logovisual
on Dec 11, 2004 -
The Orange Revolution
-- A coup
is taking place right now
in the streets of several Ukrainian cities. Following the "election" of Viktor Yanukovych, an election that everyone
from the Ukrainian man-on-the-street to EU observers
and the US
say was marred by serious and obvious fraud, Ukrainians are turning out by the hundreds of thousands
their support for the opposition candidate, the pro-West reformer Viktor Yushchenko
. Individual cities
, not to mention heads of Ukrainian religious groups
, have even announced that they will refuse to recognize Yanukovych as the Prime Minster.
The problem is, Yanukovych is supported by the Kremlin. Russia's state-run TV stations had been broadcasting propaganda on his behalf, they called the election on his behalf
before the polls were closed, and their increasingly despotic President Putin even congratulated him on his "win", before backtracking slightly
. And now reports are trickling out
--from former American congressmen communicating via Blackberry
, no less--about Russian soldiers
being flown across the border into Ukraine, dressed in Ukrainian militia garb
, and set among
the protestors. Phones have been cut across much of the country, including at the embassies. A semi-covert Russian-backed military push against the pro-democracy protestors is feared. Will this be another peaceful Rose Revolution
, as happened in Georgia one year ago today, or more like Hungary, 1956
? Stay tuned to the Ukrainian bloggers
; this could get messy
posted by Asparagirl
on Nov 23, 2004 -
Darwin Visits the Ukraine... "The girl...was messing around outside the fence and then decided, for some reason, to go and play and swim with the hippopotamus''
Why? Because lack of common sense is a global, and playing with exotic animals is fun and trendy
. No word on whether they had to kill the hippo and test it's brain for rabies.
posted by hotdoughnutsnow
on Aug 1, 2001 -