Sevastopol city state administration head Valeriy SARATOV replied to the questions which citizens sent him via blog.
He posted video with responds online and promissed to do so weekly.
According to Mr.SARATOV, he received 40 questions during the week after his blog has been launched.
Sevastopol “mayor” went online (speaks Russian)
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В конкурсную программу отобраны 52 фильма.
Оргкомитет фестиваля принимал заявки на участие от создателей коротко- и полнометражных фильмов до 3 сентября 2010 года.
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US tourist Mark and Melanie HANSEN who visited Sevastopol (Crimea) in December 2010 during their adoption journey mentioned that they enjoyed the assistance in English while shopping at local market.
“As were were buying apples from another stand, a lady came up and spoke English to us. Turns out she was an English teacher for 20+ years and now supplements her income with a stall at the market. We didn’t visit long, but told her we would come to see her again”, wrote Mark in his blog.
Mark also noticed that it is possible to purchase “just about anything you need” in stalls which are common in Sevastopol.
“There are stalls with electronic equipment, clothes (including lingerie), small appliances, automobile supplies, alcohol, groceries, shoes, many selling produce”, he added.
It is also possible to travel with the English speaking taxi drivers in Sevastopol.
Romanian president Traian BASESCU claimed that his country is not satisfyed with the extention of the Russian Black Sea fleet (RBSF ) lease agreement signed by Russia and Ukraine in April 2010.
“We do not feel ourselves comfortable, because Russian troops are deployed along our northen border in Pridnestrovie. We are not happy at all with the fact of extension of Russian agreement about its fleet basing in Sevastopol”, said Mr Basescu in his interview to “Romania Libera” newspaper.
Prior to this, Russia and Ukraine signed and ratifyed the agreement which extended the RBSF lease of military bases in Sevastopol and Crimea up to 2042.
The Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine leader Natalia VITRENKO insists that BBC journalists should use Russian instead of Ukrainian language while addressing people in Sevastopol.
Vitrenko told that during her online conference on November, 18th 2010.
“I am convinced that in the city of Russian glory Sevastopol where everyone speaks Russian, a journalist must also use Russian having respect to the local community”, she said.
Prior to this, BBC correspondent Alexandr SHTALTOVNYI has asked Mrs Vitrenko a question in Ukrainian at the press-conference and was given a dressing-down in response.
According to Ukrainian population census of 2001, more then 90% of Sevastopol citizens called Russian their native language, while Ukrainian is native for less then 7% of citizens.
Molly Joseph Ward described the meeting in her Mayor’s blog:
“The two reporters and a photographer were accompanied by a guide and a translator.
They were focused on the basics and asked me questions about how the city works, and who runs the city. They were very interested in our city manager form of government.
They were also interested in the fiscal challenges facing municipalities with a particular focus on the transition of Fort Monroe. They understood the BRAC process concept as Sevastopol has recently faced a similar situation with the threat of the city losing the presence of the Russian Navy. Sevastopol has been the base of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet for decades going back to the Soviet Union (as well as the source of territorial disputes between the two countries). It’s also a major contributor to the local economy”.
According to Daily Press correspondent David Macaulay’s blog, Sevastopol journalists were “amazed that such a senior official would have given them the time of day”.
They are part of a program sponsored by IREX, a US-based non-profit organization that deals with media in developing countries around the world.
Journalists of “Sevastopolskaya gazeta” meet Hampton mayor
Journalists of “Sevastopolskaya gazeta” visit the Daily press
The 1 min 29 sec promo clip named “Switch on Ukraine” has been shot by Ukrainian “Shootgroup” production company in November 2010.
“We want that all Europeans see how beautiful our country is”, said the clip’s director Yulian ULYBIN.
According to “Shootgroup”, the promo clip will be broadcasted on Euronews and Eurosport channels since November, 15th.
Prior to this, the status of Sevastopol and Crimea has been constantly disputed in Ukraine and Russia.
In October 2010 Ukrainian TV journalist Mustapha Naiem wrote in his blog “Sevastopol is not Ukraine” after anchoring a live broadcast from Sevastopol.
Switch on Ukraine visit card commercial for Euro-2012
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