In the previous convocation of the VR, the Communist party of Ukraine [KPU] co-operated with Party of Regions and Socialists to form the Yanukovych-led Anti-Crisis coalition.
The communists obtained 27 seats in the new parliament in last Autumn's pre-term VR elections, but an interview with their leader Petro Symonenko in "Fokus" weekly exposes the wide rift that now exists between them and PoR.
Member of communist party Oleksandr Holub stated recently that the KPU was ready to sign agreement about a united opposition. Is this true?
No...The communist party cannot enter into an opposition coalition with the supporters of widening collaboration with the acting regime. The Party of Regions cannot be opposition. It was the supporter of liberalisation, reforms which are taking place in the country, it participated in agreements with the authority. In 2005, didn't Yanukovych did sign a memorandum with Yushchenko? Fact! In 2006, did he not sign the 'universal? Fact! Did he not conduct negotiations about the creation of wide coalition? Fact! Agreement on early elections – fact! What more can you say?
Why does the Party of Regions behave so peacefully in the Verkhovna Rada?
The national capital which is represented in PoR, is dependent on external factors: offshore companies, foreign banking systems and financial institutions and, naturally, the influence of Americans, who control all finances. In this situation the substantial part of PoR representatives' capital is located abroad, and it is possible in two minutes to accuse them of its unclean origin. To accuse them, and to immediately seize all these accounts. This is why they are obedient and do everything that is required of them.
More articles are appearing speculating on splits in Party of Regions. Quite astonishing, bearing in mind that the orange coalition in the VR has a cigarette-paper-thin majority of one. PoR are the largest party in parliament with 175 deputies. BYuT have 156, and NUNS 72.
Money for jam*
Rinat Akhmetov is an extremely smart and rich businessman, but perhaps not as smart as some British lawyers and solicitors who will probably earn many, many thousands of pounds for presenting, and winning, the Ukrainian billionaire's libel case against the Ukrainian news website 'Obozrevatel', in a the British High court.
'Oboz' did not contest the law suit, hardly surprising since the cost of mounting a serious defence in British civil court would have been hundreds of thousands of pounds. So, an easy 'pay-day' for Akmetov's lawyers..
A compensation hearing is to take place later this year to determine the appropriate award of damages. The total number of regular readers of 'Oboz' in Great Britain would probably fill at least all the front row seats on the upper deck of a London bus. I hope the learned judges bear this in mind.
Litigious wealthy people are often treated with suspicion too. But lawyers are unlikely to tell their clients this, are they?
*In England this means money easily earned.