Head of the presidential administration, Serhiy Lyovochkin, when questioned about reforms in a press briefing on Tuesday, said president Yanukovych: "is aware that he is taking unpopular steps...he understands that this will affect his ratings. But he has the political will and responsibility before his electorate..If everything goes to plan, in 2015 Yanukovych will not have any political opponents."
Meanwhile... yet another of former PM Yulia Tymoshenko's ministers has been detained. This time it's former minister of the environment, Heorhiy Filipchuk.
Criminal charges may be imminently brought against Tymoshenko herself and against her closest political aide, Oleksandr Turchynov. Criminal investigations have commenced against another of Tymoshenko's closest assosciates , BYuT deputy Andriy Shkil. And her ex minister of internal affairs, Yuriy Lutsenko has been accused by the Prosecutor General' office of misuse of public office. Criminal charges may result.
In the Czech Republic, the former Ukrainian economy minister in Tymoshenko's cabinet, Bohdan Danylyshyn, has been detained and is seeking political asylum. Ukrainian authorites are demanding his extradition for abuse of power.
At this rate, maybe Lyovochkin is correct..but just a little reminder to him: "All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics.. " Enoch Powell, British politician..
Yet another disgrace:
"The Kyiv Post website, effective Dec. 14, 2010, is blocking access to all web traffic originating from the United Kingdom in protest of the draconian libel laws there that hinder legitimate free speech and threaten the work of independent journalists, authors, scientists and others worldwide. In a phenomenon known as “libel tourism,” rich and powerful plaintiffs file lawsuits in London – “the libel capital of the world” – to exploit laws stacked in their favor, stifling journalism and threatening news organizations and others with costly lawsuits.
For more information, please log on to: http://libelreform.org/"
The Kyiv Post website can now no longer be accessed by its few dozen British readers...Thank you Rinat Akhmetov..Thank you PoR tossers...Thank you from the heart of my bottom..