CSE and CIS
In November 2015, the Ukrainian parliament decided to extend the expiring moratorium on the sale of agricultural land for an additional year. However, the battle for control over one of the world's largest resources of “black soil” (the chernozem) has just begun.
The blackout caused by the destruction of the power lines connecting the occupied Crimea with mainland Ukraine has shown that Russia has done nothing to invest in the elementary infrastructure of the annexed peninsula.
The Ukrainian authorities are trying to create an image of a country of reforms and strong anti-corruption attitude. The well-known economist Arthur Laffer is going to help the government, because without reforms Ukraine cannot count on further financial assistance.