Saturday, November 18, 2006

Good guys losing..

The ex-governor of Sumy, Volodymyr Shcherban, says he is not seeking revenge against Minister of Internal Affairs, Yuriy Lutsenko. "To take revenge would below my level of dignity," said Shcherban in a recent TV interview.

This is the same man who addressed a meeting of regional state administration heads and leaders of agricultural enterprises as follows: "In earlier times ideology amongst the population was spread with the help of hangings, firing squads, and collectivizations. Today this does not happen. But don't risk it today, don't raise your heads, so that we don't chop them off on 1st November. Or we will chop off not only your heads, but also your male members." He was talking of the imminent presidential elections in 1999. Needless to say, the oblast produced the required vote and result for Kuchma.

Pressure is now building on Lutsenko, who was grilled by the Prosecutor General's office and by a parliamentary committee on corruption and organized crime recently.

Lutsenko had been appointed Internal Affairs minister after the Orange Revolution, but suprisingly kept his job in the cabinet after the March 2006 VR elections.

Documents have now been presented by the Prosecutor-General's office to a court alleging corruption by the minister in the case of murdered senior organized crime investigator Roman Yerokhin, about whom I have posted previously

Volodymyr Stepanovych [if you can't beat 'em, join 'em] Malyshev, a PoR deputy and chief security director of Akmetov's S.C.M. corporation, but formerly head of the Donetsk oblast militia, is being pencilled in for the Internal Affairs Minister's job already. His record in solving crime in Donbas has been 'uninspiring', in other words, the ideal man for this lofty position.

Ironically the murdered Roman Yerokhin was himself considered to be a 'Malyshev man'...small world..

Lutsenko's dogged but fruitless attempts to 'nail' Shcherban have been hampered by Prosecutor General Medvedko.

And as I posted a while ago: [the late] Yerokhin's colleagues have no confidence either that the Prosecutor General, Oleksandr Medvedko, who has taken over investigations from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, will solve the case. Medvedko, a Yushchenko appointee, has dubious track record as a former Donetsk prosecutor, which only confirms their fears.

"Everybody Knows" by LEONARD COHEN

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling Like their father or their dog just died

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