Sanction-hit Russia faces similar problems to China after Tiananmen, says embassy

People walk past a mural showing a map of Crimea in the Russian national colours on a street in Moscow. Photo: Reuters

Russia is facing a similar diplomatic situation to that of China in 1989 after the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstration crackdown, the Russian embassy of China said in a commentary on its website on Thursday.

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What price political risk?

Investors should be aware of the conspicuous geopolitical, economic and financial stakes involved in the standoff over Ukraine. Photo: AP

Do investors really care about political risk?

7 Mar 2014 - 2:40am

Perils of Ukraine’s revolution

Regime uncertainty. Photo: AFP

At a time when cynicism and scepticism about European integration are at a record high, the drama unfolding in Ukraine is a salutary reminder that the values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law remain a beacon of hope to many in post-Soviet Eastern Europe.

28 Feb 2014 - 5:12am

Praise be to the modest spender

Radoslaw Sikorski. Photo: AFP

When Radosław Sikorski, Poland's foreign minister, went to Ukraine for talks last month, his Ukrainian counterparts reportedly laughed at him because he was wearing a Japanese quartz watch that cost only US$165. A Ukrainian newspaper reported on the preferences of Ukrainian ministers, several of whom have watches that cost more than US$30,000.

13 May 2013 - 1:52am

Ukraine president pardons two Yulia Tymoshenko allies

A Ukrainian opposition supporter waves portraits of their jailed leaders Yulia Tymoshenko (top left) and Yuriy Lutsenko during a rally near Parliament in Kiev. Photo: EPA

President Viktor Yanukovych signed a decree to pardon former interior minister Yuri Lutsenko, 48, who is serving a four-year sentence on charges of abuse of office and embezzlement. He also pardoned former environment minister, Heorhiy Filipchuk, who was also imprisoned for abuse of office.

7 Apr 2013 - 6:16pm

Fans deaths casts shadow over Dortmund draw

Players of Borussia Dortmund celebrate after scoring against Shakhtar Donetsk. Photo: AP

Germany defender Mats Hummels’s late header gave Borussia Dortmund a Champions League lifeline with a 2-2 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk in Wednesday’s last 16, first-leg, clash.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, January 30, 2013

Ballerina Svetlana Lunkina, who has fled to Canada. Photo: AFP

Concerns have been raised about Twitter's iPhone video-sharing service Vine after pornography appeared in the "Editor's Picks". Twitter apologised for Monday's mistake, blaming "human error", but provided little detail.

30 Jan 2013 - 5:05am

Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko ends hunger strike

Yuliya Tymoshenko

Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yuliya Tymoshenko agreed to end her hunger strike, her doctors said, more than two weeks after she began her protest over alleged fraud in polls won by the country's ruling party.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

I fear for my mother’s life, says Tymoshenko’s daughter

Yevgenia Tymoshenko, daughter of jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Photo: AP

The daughter of Ukraine’s jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko said she cannot talk her out of her hunger strike and wakes every day fearing for her mother’s life.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:01pm

Hundreds rally in Kiev in protest over 'stolen' Ukraine election

 Police officers prepare to meet a protest rally outside an election precinct, where the opposition said election fraud happened, in Kiev. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds of people rallied in central Kiev on Monday to protest against what the Ukrainian opposition says was vote-rigging by President Viktor Yanukovych’s ruling party in the October 28 parliamentary election.

5 Nov 2012 - 6:14pm

Observers slam Ukraine poll as ruling party nears victory

OSCE special coordinator Walburga Habsburg Douglas (centre) said the election process as a step backwards for Ukraine. Photo: EPA

Ukraine’s ruling party was set on Monday to beat the allies of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko in legislative elections that observers condemned as a setback for the ex-Soviet state’s nascent democracy.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Yanukovych claims Ukraine poll win

Viktor Yanukovych votes in the legislative election. Photo: AFP

In an election condemned by international observers, Ukraine's ruling party was last night set for victory against an opposition group aligned to jailed ex-premier Yuliya Tymoshenko.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

Ukraine court throws out Tymoshenko appeal

Jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko waves to supporters from a prison window in Kiev, Ukraine. Photo: AP

A Ukrainian high court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko against her conviction for abuse of office, an outcome likely to complicate Ukraine’s already poor relations with the West.

29 Aug 2012 - 6:17pm

Iberians in the 'land at the edge'

How fickle the winds of football fortune. Just when you thought it was safe to dream England would book a date with Germany in the semi-finals and send you back to wonderful Warsaw, along came another penalty shoot-out to trash the travel plans.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Sick as a parrot but hope is up ahead

So the wheels finally came off the England caravan. Granted, Roy Hodgson's jury-rigged team lasted much longer than expected, but to the experienced mechanic the prognosis was all too clear miles back down the tarmac, and the outcome - a shuddering halt at the penalty shootout buffers - was inevitable.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am