Just watched Vitaliy Portnikov's latest 'Politklub' tv programme on-line about the ever-increasing difficulties being faced by Ukraine's small and medium-sized businesses and traders as they are, to an ever-greater degree, being systematically squeezed by corrupt state officials, tax collectors and 'business raiders'. The atmosphere in the studio was sombre. Some called the process a second phase of 'oligarchization' of the country.
These are the people on whom the future prosperity of the country to a great extent depends.
Astonishingly, according to the programme, ever-more of their number are moving from Ukraine to Belarus to do business - there, they say, at least they know where they stand....
The small-scale entrepreneurs taking part in the programme feel very badly let down by Party of Regions and the president - they are at the end of their tether. You get the feeling that if the October elections are significantly 'fiddled' their anger may well spill out onto the streets..