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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Miners from the Western Ukraine Stage Protest in Kiev

00 Donetsk. Monument to the Coal Miner. 31.08.14.


On Wednesday, at least 1,000 miners staged a protest action at government buildings in Kiev. Workers from Lvov and Volyn Oblasts in the Western Ukraine took part in the rally. Coal miner union members demanded that the state amend the law “On Ukraine’s State Budget for 2015”, to include spending for stable work and development for the coal industry, labour protection, and wages for miners. The protest action participants drummed their helmets on government buildings’ concrete fences, carrying placards, “Tax on Miners’ Pensions… Government’s Disgrace”, “No to Shutdown of Mines”, “Our Coal… to Power Stations of the Western Region”, “State Without Coal… People without Electric Power”, shouting “Shame”. The protesters said that they have “haven’t been paid their wages since November”. They also demanded the return of cancelled social benefits. The rally participants refused to disperse, saying that they’d continue their action near the Ukrainian President’s building on Thursday.

28 January 2015



Saturday, 30 November 2013

30 November 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 25-29 November 2013

00 Sergei Yolkin. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin. 25-29 November 2013. 2013

Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 25-29 November 2013

Sergei Yolkin



The SKP opened a criminal case against former Defence Minister Serdyukov on charges of corruption, duelling demonstrations took place in Kiev on the Maidan, both pro- and anti-EU, and a pavilion shaped like a Louis Vuitton suitcase appeared on Red Square, only to disappear within the week, its future site still unknown at present.



The events of the week as seen through the eyes of Sergei Yolkin… the case against former Minoborony head Anatoly Serdyukov, the protests on the Maidan in Kiev, and the Louis Vuitton “suitcase” pavilion on Red Square.

29 November 2013

Sergei Yolkin



Thursday, 4 July 2013

Egyptian Army Cans Morsi, Suspends Constitution

04c Egypt 15.02.11


On Wednesday, Egyptian Defence Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said in a televised address to the nation that the armed forces deposed President Mohamed Morsi and suspended the constitution. He added that a panel would review and amend the constitution in accordance with the people’s demands. He said that Adly Mahmud Mansour, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, would be the interim head of state during a transition period until there’s an early presidential election. A RIA-Novosti correspondent reported that millions of Egyptians took to the streets across the country welcoming the armed forces’ statement. Al Jazeera reported that Mansour would be sworn in on Thursday.

The Qatar-based broadcaster reported that Islamist supporters of deposed President Moḥamed Morsi Isa al-Ayyat gathered in a Cairo suburb, reacting angrily to the army’s announcement, with some of them breaking up paving stones and forming piles of rocks. Egyptian news portal Ahram Online said, “Ex-President Mohamed Morsi issued a statement on his official Facebook page saying the Wednesday military announcement amounts to a coup. The procedures announced by the general command of the armed forces represents a full coup d’état that’s completely unacceptable”.

Earlier on Wednesday, Muslim Brotherhood leader Morsi proposed forming a coalition government to pave the way to parliamentary elections in a bid to end the current standoff. The presidential office said that Morsi also proposed setting up an independent commission to introduce amendments to the country’s constitution, saying in a Facebook statement, “The presidency envisions the formation of a consensus coalition government to oversee the next parliamentary election”. Morsi’s statement came as the deadline passed Wednesday afternoon on the army’s ultimatum asking him to meet the people’s demands and put an end to huge protests against his rule or face a military takeover.

The move to oust the president followed four days of mass demonstrations against Morsi across Egypt starting Sunday. On Sunday, the first anniversary of his presidency, millions of protesters gathered across the country demanding Morsi’s ouster. Hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered outside the presidential palace in Cairo and in Tahrir Square, the focus of the 2011 revolution and the key venue of many opposition rallies. Reportedly, since Sunday, clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents killed dozens and injured hundreds more. Al Jazeera said that many believe that the overthrown leader is holed up at a Republican Guard barracks in the capital Cairo, surrounded by barbed wire, barriers, and troops. It was unclear if he was under arrest. The AP reported that the US Department of State ordered nonessential American diplomats and the families of all US Embassy personnel to leave Egypt.

4 July 2013



Tuesday, 2 July 2013

2 July 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Egyptian Resorts: Sun and Sights

00 Sergei Yolkin. Egyptian Resorts. Sun and Sights. 2013

Egyptian Resorts: Sun and Sights

Sergei Yolkin



Yolkin makes a barbed comment on Russia’s oligarch class with this one. I don’t think that you need a degree in rocket science to discern his attitude to the Russian greedsters.



Tourist resorts weren’t  affected by the current protests in Egypt. Although massive, they were localised, which should please Sergei Yolkin.

2 July 2013

Sergei Yolkin



Click here for more on the unrest in Egypt

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