Tomorrow [Wednesday] in the VR, BYuT will demand the resignation of chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine, Volodymyr Stelmakh, according to an article in 'Korrespondent'.
A parliamentary commission investigating allegations of corrupt activities at the NBU, which may involve even president Yushchenko and his secretariat, met yesterday.
"According to the preliminary conclusions of the commission, and on the basis of these conclusions, the information which the prime minister of Ukraine revealed live on TV, has been completely confirmed. [See previous blog ]. These conclusions will be declared at tomorrow's parliamentary session, and, most likely, will lead to a change of the entire leadership of the National Bank of Ukraine," said BYuT deputy Valery Pysarenko.
He also has added that BYuT has not yet 'pencilled in' any possible nominee for the post of NBU chair.
The parliamentary commission report is not yet written into tomorrow's parliamentary agenda, and has to be proposed and voted on tomorrow.
Party of Regions trouble-maker deputy Nestor Shufrich today declared that Stelmakh's report in parliament, could most likely end with demands that the President dismisses Stelmakh.
"If the President does not do it, then obviously the next step of the coalition would be to begin procedures to impeach the President for providing cover for, and being an accomplice to, currency speculation. If BYuT initiates this, I do not exclude Party of Regions supporting this initiative," emphasised Shufrich.
The VR set up a temporary investigative commission to look into the NBU's activies on 18th December. On December 20th the prime minister sensationally claimed that as a result of illegal operations carried out via the Nadra bank, the organizers, including President Yushchenko, NBU bank chairman Stelmakh and the head of the President's secretariat Viktor Baloga, planned to rake off 4.55Bn hrvnya.
Your blogger notes that while not providing concrete evidence of illegal activities by the NBU, PM Tymoshenko did give details, of disproportionately large suspicious transfers of state funds to Firtash's Nadra bank. E.g. the state 'Ukreksimbank' received about 7 times less that Nadra. If Tymoshenko's allegations were baloney, they could be easily disproved. Nevertheless, there is a slight whiff of kangaroo court hanging over Stelmakh.
The big question is, will PoR support BYuT and vote to 'decapitate' the NBU chairman? And if this happens, will the president suffer the same fate?
p.s. 'Segodnya' reports that PoR and BYuT may be working together for combined VR and parliamentary elections in the Spring.
*In Lewis Carroll's much-loved children's story "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", (published 1865), The Queen of Hearts goes around constantly shrieking this phase, and not much else.