1 May Day, 2 Countries


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  1. Anonymous says

    Isn’t it somewhat unusual to have political statements at a May Day parade? I’ve seen one in Russia and it was entirely various businesses and civic organizations (there was a single Krim Nash sign, but that was it).

  2. Immigrant from former USSR says

    I recently watched interview (in Russian) with an economics Professor Katasonov (apparently no relation to family of famous Russian Naval admirals of the same last name.)
    He made a statement that the money from IMF and World Bank are directed to Ukraine with the purpose to bring them closer to State bankruptcy. After such bankruptcy will be announced, the division of assets follows. The negotiations are already going on in Kiev between Franklin-Templeton Investments, which previously bought a large fraction of Ukrainian sovereign debt (do not ask me, what is it), and finance minister of Ukraine US-born Natalie Jaresko.

    Wikipedia: Jaresko held several economics-related positions at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C., and eventually coordinated activities of the State Department, the Departments of Commerce, Treasury, the United States Trade Representative, and Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in their economic relations with the Soviet Union and its successors. As part of her work she interacted with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Later from 1992 to 1995, she was the first Chief of the Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, responsible for strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries.

    Katasonov: Right now Jaresko is developing new laws, which will allow selling land in Ukraine to foreign owners. As an asset under the bankruptcy procedures, it is very attractive — famous Ukrainian “black soil” (cheronzem) and easy to be claimed at pretty low price for that land.

  3. Professor Katasonov (apparently no relation to family of famous Russian Naval admirals of the same last name.)

    Russian Admirals are KaSAtonovs.

  4. Immigrant from former USSR says

    Thank you. I have indeed confused those different names.
    Admirals have last names KaSAtonov, as you correctly noted.
    Economics Prof. has last name KaTAsonov.
    I do not understand the etymology of either of last names.
    Reference to interview is: