Kyiv in Colors 3
The Four Seasons of Political Campaigning
With the Oranges back in power, has Fukuyama’s end of history come? Not at all! And if I should borrow from Tymoshenko’s rhetoric, I’d say, “This is just the beginning.” In Kyiv, one can find harbingers of the presidential election 2009 here, there, and everywhere.
So here’s my Sunday promenade through Kyiv in pics and vids.
Happy New Year and Merry Christmas! Your Dreams Will Come True!
(Not until we grab stabilnist by the balls. Not until we make every philanthrapist behave. Not until we make this country more livable.)
Merry Christmas! Love, Viktor Yushchenko.
Three in a Row, or Tomu Shcho Merry Christmas!
Don't Be Surprised to See Sights Like This in Kyiv
(If I were the President of Ukraine, I would seek re-election by investing in legislation on DUI, on emergency care, on animal rights, and on animal lovers' responsibilities. I would never litter the streets with expensive personality cult-like billboards that add no value to my people and annoy them.)
Both Sides of the Coin
Happy New Year! Leonid Chernovetsky. City Budget (UAH): 9 bn (2006), 17 bn (2007), 25 bn (2008)
If I were the Mayor of Kyiv, I'd be sure to spend some of that budget on street cleanup.
Billboard 1: Happy New Year! President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko.
Billboard 2: HIV/AIDS: Who's at Risk?
Rearranged: Danilych [Kuchma], Come Back!
(In the September parliamentary elections, the KUCHMA Bloc scored 0.1 percent of the vote. So, Danilych is not coming back anytime soon.)
Repressed: Danilych, the People Are with You!
Remixed: Daniylych, Save Ukraine!
McDonald's at Minska
(McDonald's customarily equips its local outlets with Ukrainian banners. This comes across as some sort of pledge of allegiance to the country in which they operate, now that America's image across the globe has seen better days.)
Anywhere You Go, I'll Follow You Down...
Just the two of us, we can make it if we try
Just the two of us, (Just the two of us)
Just the two of us, building castles in the sky
Just the two of us, you and I
Bohdan Khmelnytsky Monument at Sophiyivska Ploshcha (Square)
The red circle points to the recently built Hyatt Regency Kyiv. The Global Hyatt Corporation was founded by Abram Nicholas Pritzker, the son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants.
Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
Underneath Maidan: Happy New Year and Merry Christmas! MP Vasyl Horbal.
(A member of the Party of Regions, Horbal allegedly controls Ukrgasbank and is the pillar of the local PRU chapter.)
More of Maidan
Qatar Cat, Check These Out!
The Passage at Khreshchatyk
Kyiv City Hall, or Chernoco House
A Closer Look at Sardine-packed Construction
(The middle edifice being erected must be quite a bit of trouble for locals.)
The Central Department Store, aka ЦУМ, spelled tsoom (tsentralny univermag)
Sell an Apartment in This House, and You Can Buy a New One in Manhattan!
The Lonely Lady
Vote No. 4, Party of Regions
Bourgeoisie of All Countries, Unite!
(You can also spend the night at Premier Palats, a 5-star hotel.)
PEOPLEnet, Ukraine's First 3G Network
Stabilnist in the Exchange Rate
Unlike the rest of the world, the official Ukrainian exchange rate for the U.S. dollar has shown remarkable stability during the last eight years:
USD 100 = UAH 544.02 (2000), 537.21 (2001), 532.66 (2002), 533.27 (2003), 531.92 (2004), 512.47 (2005), 505.00 (2006), 505.00 (2007).
Who Cares About the Big Mac Index?
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Kyiv in Colors 3