journalist Michael Hammerschlag : exclusive to "Economics" -
(Bulgarian Economic Mag )
American journalist Michael Hammerschlag : exclusive to "Economics" - (Bulgarian Economic Mag )
Nikolay Marchenko, February 5, 2014 08:31 3453 views
Protests in Kiev may
not bring good news and a European future for Ukraine, warned (Economic.bg) American political
journalist and blogger Michael Hammerschlag, who has 34 years of experience in
the profession as author in dozens of publications in the U.S. and Europe
(The New York Times, Seattlle Times, Providence Journal, Yahoo.com,
Novaya Gazeta, Kyiv Post, Kyiv Weekly,
Business Ukraine, Columbia Journalism Review, Moscow News, Moscow Tribune,
Moscow Guardian, etc.). According to the American journalist (who also publishes on
his own BLOG and
site- Hammernews.com), Maidan life is
quite bearable for a professional associate of the media. He lived for several years in
Chronicler of protest
“Of course, it isn’t getting better, as evidenced by the rapidly depreciating Ukrainian exchange rate "Yesterday was 8.60 hrivna/$, 8.70 and today who knows (+9 -ed). Tell your friends to sell them, because even if they win in Maidan, it will crash to maybe 10 ".
Photos and stories on his
blog tell about those nights of fights in
It's the geopolitics of gas ...
As a political analyst, he says it’s all about
economic interests and money. According to him,
the gas problem is helping the Kremlin to maintain control over
Believes that Putin wants
a stranglehold over Ukraine, like Belarus, and recognizes that countries such as
Moldova and Georgia were lucky (unlike the authorities in Kiev and Yerevan) they
signed the European Union (EU) Association Agreement, before Russian sticks were
used. “I think that Putin has enough time to pressure
Bleak outlook, Yanukovych is like a cornered rat
He is very skeptical to predict the end of the saga of the Maidan. "Nobody knows what will happen with this Opposition. This could end very badly, many people could die ... If Maidan falls, many people can be shot, go to jail, disappear from special services terror squads.
According to him, if Berkut riot police, Interior Ministry troops, and other parts of the National Security Service (known as SBU) really "decide to fight," then the protesters do not have a chance, "I believe that many of them are really ready to shoot protesters- they’ve seen their friends smashed by paving stones, set on fire by firebombs."
Michael believes that the Opposition should be worried because "Yanukovych is like a cornered frightened rat that could attack any moment. I think Opposition leaders Klitschko and Yatsenyuk should accept the Prime Ministers proposal of the Yanukovich government and try to change things from within; whittle him down from the inside. With that offer, the President, perhaps, is making them share responsibility for any ultimate violence," he says.
But the reality is there
are only two eventual outcomes - Yanukovych and his son fleeing abroad (to