✒ Nikolai Holmov: Planes, trains & automobiles — Odessa

Odessa International Airports new terminal

Although it is a tale that probably hasn’t had the impact expected from Misha Saakashvili inspired events, and despite some highly questionable deals regarding the new Odessa International Airport Terminal between the Saakashvili administration and dodgy businessmen, matters regarding Odessa airport certainly appear to be going the right way.

Upon arrival, Governor Saakashvili managed to force out the Ihor Kolomoisky aligned (and thus MAU airline friendly) bureaucrat that effectively—indeed very effectively—managed to preserve the almost 100% monopoly Mr Kolomoisky’s MAU had over flights into and from Odessa airport—both national and international flights.

✒ Mark Dabbs: Odessa — A Big Bang for Your Tech Buck

Odessa Black Sea SummIT Ukraine 2016

The new business column starts off in familiar territory; this and the next several articles will focus on the Tech Scene in Odessa. For the upcoming 2016 Black Sea SummIT Conference on September 9–10, this may add some extra insight to help you convince your tech and business friends to attend. Moreover, our exploration here may prompt enlightened tech-oriented businesses to expand their outsourcing and recruiting activities into Odessa.