Saturday, July 31, 2010
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
July 28, 2010 (Interfax-Ukraine news agency). Poland regrets Ukraine's decision not to join NATO, Ambassador of Poland to Ukraine Jacek Kluczkowski said on the Fifth TV Channel on Tuesday evening. "Poland regrets that this process is not developing simultaneously: the integration of Ukraine into NATO and the integration of Ukraine into the European Union," the ambassador said.He added that membership of NATO is not an essential requirement for entering the European Union, and for this reason Ukraine should concentrate on signing the European Union Association Agreement and agreement on free-trade zone as soon as possible."Then Ukraine will have European legislation and a transparent European economic policy," he added.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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Saturday, July 24, 2010
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Brooding Russians are happier than they look. Studies find that, while they may revel in misery, they get over it quickly.
With those words, Russian writer Anton Chekhov seemed to perfectly encapsulate the brooding spirit of his people, an attitude that U.S. ethnographers actually researched in “national character difference” studies in the 1950s. Then they concluded that Russian immigrants tended to dwell on negative memories more than Westerners. A new report from the University of Michigan, however, dispels some of those creaky stereotypes, as researchers have discovered that even though Russians tend to brood, they’re less likely than Americans to feel as depressed afterward.
“The conclusion that you often jump to is that Russians are unhappy,” says Igor Grossmann, a doctoral psychology candidate who co-authored the report, to be published in the August issue of Psychological Science. The report looks at the findings of two studies conducted in the U.S. and Russia in 2007 and 2008 and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. In the first study, the researchers looked at self-reflection and depression among 85 American students and 83 Russian students, age 21 on average. They used a personality-trait scale developed by Yale University’s Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, a leading expert on rumination. Sample statements included, “I often spend time by myself thinking about past negative experiences,” and, “I often like to walk in the park and think about past events,” Mr. Grossmann said. The researchers observed that although Russians were more likely to brood, they had fewer depressive symptoms than the Americans.
In the second study, 86 American and 76 Russian students were asked to recall a recent unpleasant experience, be it a breakup, infidelity or a fight with a friend. The participants were asked if they’d achieved closure or still blamed the other party. They were also asked to describe whether they were replaying the event through their own eyes or if they were watching it unfold as “a fly on the wall.”
Compared to the Americans, the Russian students were more likely to spontaneously distance themselves from the situation as they analyzed their emotions. “Distancing is one mechanism that helps them see the positive, despite the fact that they’re contemplating negative experiences,” Mr. Grossmann said, adding that this seemingly paradoxical ability may be tied to linguistics. “Past research also shows that the meanings of positive words often have negative connotations for Russians, and the meanings of negative words often have positive connotations for Russians. There is some kind of dialectical thinking going on there, where they see the other side.” The Russians were also less distressed after remembering the moment – and less likely to blame the other person. “Blaming the other person often leads to anger and pronounced negative emotions, past research in emotion-regulation shows,” Mr. Grossmann said.
The native of Ukraine – and self-confessed brooder – said the findings suggest culture can shape how individuals respond to negative interpersonal experiences. The report was co-authored by Ethan Kross, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 18:47
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
July 21, 2010 (Associated Press). Two carloads of assailants attacked a hydroelectric station in southern Russia early Wednesday, killing two workers and setting off bombs. The attack took place in Kabardino-Balkariya, one of the republics in Russia's restive Caucasus region where clashes with insurgents are frequent.A spokesman for the republic's police, Adlan Kakakuyev, said two cars carrying a half-dozen assailants attacked the Baksan plant at about 4:30 a.m., killing two guards and wounding three others in gunfire. The attackers then set off explosives in several parts of the 25-megawatt plant and detonated them before fleeing.There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack.The explosions and subsequent fire destroyed two of the plant's three power units, but there was no danger of flooding downriver, the state news agency ITAR-Tass cited power company RusGidro as saying. The dam and plant are on the Baksan River, a waterway that flows into the Terek, a major regional river.Kakakuyev said the same attackers are believed to have earlier opened fire on a police station in the town of Baksan. No one was hurt in that attack.The attack on the hydroelectric station was the most dramatic outburst of violence in the Russian Caucasus in recent months. Although Kabardino-Balkariya sees less violence than nearby Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, the republic suffers from persistent tensions stemming from poverty and harsh police actions toward worship by unsanctioned Muslim sects.In October 2005, dozens of men stormed the capital city, Nalchik, attacking police and government offices. Some 139 people died, including 94 militants.Wednesday's attack did not cause power outages, according to Russian news reports. The plant produces only about 7 percent of the electricity consumed in Kabardino-Bakariya and other plants were able to make up for the loss.Although the plant has comparatively minor strategic value, the attacked demonstrated how regional militants continue to be capable of mounting bold assaults despite years of anti-terrorist efforts by police and the military.Concern about renewed insurgent attacks has been high since March's double suicide bombing of the Moscow subway that killed 40 people. Chechen separtist militant leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for that attack.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 19:06
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
With the level of comfort of a passenger cabin An-158 corresponds to the most advanced regional aircrafts, and may be employed on a broad network of airfields. An-158 first took off in April 2010. To date, the aircraft has performed more than 30 flights lasting a total of more than 70 hours. Antonov is planning to complete the program of certification tests and obtain a certificate of type by the end of this year. The factory in Kyiv is now performing works to launch the serial An-158 into production in cooperation with partners from Russia and other countries.
Taking part in Farnborough-2010, SE Antonov intends to hold talks with representatives of the aviation industry and aircraft operators of different countries to promote Antonov products and services in the international market. It is also planned to sign several agreements. The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is one of the world's most iconic global aviation events. FIA holds a prominent position within the aerospace calendar taking place on a biennial basis (once every two years) over one week in July. The first five days of the show are traditionally trade days only, followed by a weekend where the exhibition is opened up to the public.
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Monday, July 19, 2010
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Saturday, July 17, 2010
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
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Monday, July 12, 2010
"The drills will practice the interoperability of the military and law enforcement bodies of different countries in the fight against terrorism, sea piracy, WMD proliferation, sea rescue and naval control of shipping," the ministry said in a statement.
The land phase of the exercises will be held at a military training area in the Nikolayev region, while the sea drills will take place in northwestern Black Sea. Ukraine will be represented by a naval infantry battalion and five Coast Guard vessels. Sea Breeze drills have been conducted in Ukraine since 1997 and involve troops from NATO countries on rotation basis. In 2009, the Ukrainian parliament defied then-President Viktor Yushchenko and refused to approve the exercises. But this year, Ukrainian lawmakers voted in favor of the drills, which will see the participation of some 3,000 military personnel from at least 15 countries. Ukraine will also host this year a series of other international military and peacekeeping exercises, including Ukrainian-U.S. Rapid Trident 2010, Ukrainian-Romanian Cossack Steppe 2010 and Ukrainian-Polish-Lithuanian-Canadian Maple Arch 2010.
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
During his visit to the airbase "Belbek" in Sevastopol where 204th Tactical Aviation Brigade is deployed, president asked how many of the available aircraft are ready to take off. An answer was: only one of 20 fighters is on full combat alert. In this connection the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine intends to recommend that Defence Minister of Ukraine be dismissed. In addition, the threat of dismissal is hanging over Air Force commander Ivan Rusnak. It is reported that Ivan Rushak had already appealed for help to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov during unscheduled meeting that took place on Tuesday, July 6.
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 09:23
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
"On June 25, in Berlin, Ukraine's Interior Ministry agents together with their German colleagues detained three Ukrainian citizens and one citizen of Germany and recovered Caravaggio's painting," Interior Minister Anatoly Mogylyov told a briefing. It was recovered in Germany, where the four were detained. Mogylyov said another suspected member of the gang, which focused on high-value thefts, had been detained in Ukraine.
"We have carried out more than 20 searches and proven (the group's) involvement in more than 20 thefts in Ukraine," he said. The painting had been bought by a Russian ambassador to France and presented as a gift to a Russian prince before being turned over to the Odessa museum last century. Doubts had been expressed about the painting's authenticity, but Soviet art experts in the 1950s confirmed the work was indeed by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. It underwent restoration work in 2006. A version of the same painting by Caravaggio hangs in the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin.
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Monday, July 5, 2010
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Sunday, July 4, 2010
Posted by Oleg Bezverkhnii at 11:31
Friday, July 2, 2010
U.S. officials, ahead of Clinton’s trip, said improved U.S.-Russian relations are good for Russia’s neighbors and countries should not have to choose between one or the other — comments that should hearten the Yanukovich leadership.
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