Anna Ziuzina Court Appearance

Last week saw a courtroom drama here in Kiev, as Anna Ziuzina’s father Valeriy Ziuzin again fought for the right to stay in Barry Pring’s Kiev apartment. I was called to court as a witness, ostensibly just to confirm that I had seen, and made a video, of Valeriy agreeing for an inspection of the…

Ukraine’s Foreign-Man Hunters (Part 1 of 2)

The ineluctable truth is that, in Ukraine, there are those Ukrainian girls expressly looking to meet a foreign man. A good way to meet them, or be met by them, (Part 2 will be about how to identify them) is to head along to one of Kiev’s notorious networking nights – used by foreign guys…

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The Potemkin Palare

There are certain things you hear too much in Ukraine, about Ukraine, from commentators and barstool occupiers alike. A favourite refrain, which plays to galleries and boxes alike, is that a lot in Ukraine is a Potemkin Village. You can apply this to everything from Euro 2012 preparations to the ladies, gaining numerous erudition points…

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Bang Ukraine – A Review

First in an occasional series looking at books looking at Ukraine… Perhaps a bit contentious to start with this, when Ukraine boasts such literary heavyweights as Ilf and Petrov, Gogol and Bulgakov, not to mention contemporary novels with a Ukraine theme such as A Short History of Tractors in Ukraine and Everything is Illuminated. But, this…

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Leonid Fainberg – Ultimate Ukrainian Gangster Update

A version of this was originally published in the New Statesman and Pravda, in October 2012, now here, updated – Speaking out from her cell in Kharkiv, jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has called on Ukrainians to “rise up against the mafia” she believes are running, and ruining, her country. Meanwhile, thousands of miles…

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Anna Ziuzina – The Disappearing Car Mystery

The car which hit Barry Pring had false numberplates, ones which had been rather crudely stuck on, and the front one of which came off upon the vehicle hitting Barry. Those numberplates came from a car, in all of Kiev and its near 850 square kilometres, around half a dozen a metres from the entrance…

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Train of Humour?

No one likes a buzzkill, and who likes being a buzzkill, apart from a real buzzkill, but the way a certain story has been circulated in the past couple of days is well, without wishing to be that buzzkill, a bit off to my mind. Anyone reading this probably already knows the tale of the…

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Anna Ziuzina – An Email

Read this email, presented in full for the first time, and make up your own mind. I view it as a cynical attempt from Anna Ziuzina, who had only recently come clean that she was a stripper not a teacher (and now emailing from her stripper email account), to force Barry Pring into a marriage…