1. It is hard to measure the distance the developed world went from Ukraine. A British businessman tells about his companies being ready for commercial flights into space and how we will soon colonize other planets. An American scientist reports that his team has passed one third of the way to changing the human DNA writing in the necessary parameters. A US consultant explains how to manage innovations, in other words how to make sure that people continue making new inventions and most importantly wanted to do it. Another American tells about his revolution in education and how you can forget about teachers and traditional system with classes according to age. When you compare the daily agenda in Ukraine and, for instance, the United States and Britain, it is hard to believe that we live on the same planet and at the same time with these people. For a person growing up in Ukrainian information field it may seem that he was taken out of a mountain village and brought to the center of civilization.
2. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - this is the best I heard in recent years. There is no one in our country who so clearly understands the world order and has the ability to clearly explain it. She talks passionately, without notes. And she does not have any HOmers (Ukrainian President could not much to put the right stress in the word).
3. Former Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich with his wife were dancing in the crowd for an hour. The man who could rule the world had no security and talked to anyone who wanted to including dumb drunks, and those people are not even his voters. People just came up to his table and started a conversation. I was leaving at half past one in the morning and his 68-year old man and his wife were still there.
Our ministers and vice Prime Ministers come in huge cars with sirens and flashing lights, their bodyguards push through the crowd and they themselves do not usually talk to anyone.
4. After listening to Western and even some Eastern and Russian speakers you get a feeling that the first and second persons of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych and Mykola Azarov are not people but exhibits in Madame Tussauds Museum. It seems they were rolled in to read from the paper and then rolled back out.
Tigipko, Khoroshkovskyy, and Poroshenko are alive, they can be discussed. But those two are not, they are exhibits.
On the whole, Viktor Yanukovych's appearances in Yalta and Davos are always extremely comical events. The journalists recall his old gaffes and bloopers and look forward to new ones. And he almost never disappoints.
5. Despite some competition from Yanukovych and Azarov, Renat Kuzmin (Deputy Attorney General) has made the most depressing impression. Not so much in essence as in form and emotional address. He talked quietly and monotonously. It was obvious that this man could put anyone behind bars. Even Barrack Obama. The room started smelling of 1937 (Stalin's repressions).
Before him the atmosphere was involving and enthusiastic: we are going to space to colonize planets, soon we will modify DNA…
By appearing Renat Kuzmin sent an unambiguous message to everyone: Hush, nobody's flying anywhere. Everybody's going to prison. Landing time.
Everybody was downcast after his speech.
6. One of the main intrigues of the forum was what will Yanukovych say about Tymoshenko this time. Last time he persuaded Western politicians that the reason Tymoshenko is in prison is archaic legislation. After its amendment there should be no problems. Everybody believed him. And then the parliamentary majority controlled by Yanukovych refused to adopt these changes. Western diplomats were furious. It seemed that Yanukovych had no excuses or pretences.
And now it is the new Forum and …Yanukovych did not even try to explain himself.
It is like one American diplomat said after the discussion: "It looks like they just don't care."
7. Vitalii Klitschko made a dreadful impression with his speech. Partly because he tried to speak English, partly… well, he is a great boxer, though.
8. For many Ukrainian official these three days could become an intensive training course for absolutely no charge. You could see what people talk about, how they talk and you could understand how to better develop a business or manage human potential. But none of the Ukrainian officials stays to listen to the speakers. They are in with their security, they give a speech and they are out.
The only one sitting in the front row and taking notes was Sergey Tigipko.
9. Maybe Yalta meetings did begin as attempts to bleach Viktor Pinchuk's image. But now they have turned into one of the world's best arenas for discussion and exchanging ideas. The level of speakers as well the event itself is very high. If they want to impress the participants of the next year's 10th anniversary forum, Vladimir Putin needs to fly in. On the storks. Anything less will be a failure.
10. Yalta Forum was like a breath of fresh air - three days of indulging in healthy constructive environment. At the same time there was a thick layer of sadness. You could physically feel where we are and where the developed world is and what or who is to blame.
The only thing unclear is what to do about it.