President Viktor Yanukovych was caught between Russia and the EU, and chose the short-term benefits Russia offered.
The rule was never really uniformly enforced. Now there are other looming demographic problems on the horizon.
The worst typhoon that hit the Philippines since records began was in 1991. Of the next worst nine, all of which killed over 1,000 people, six have happened in the past decade.
It likely won’t stop the brewing Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East.
M23 officers have surrendered or fled, but the conflict in the eastern DRC won't stop that easily.
Ivanishvili made his fortune in the chaotic decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and like all the other oligarchs who emerged in Russia at that time the exact route he took on his rise to great wealth remains obscure. But never mind all that.