Friday, September 14, 2012
Why did Yanukovych humiliate two ministers in such an overt manner?
Following on from my previous blog on Yanukovych's humiliation, (perhaps reminiscent of Stalin's Politburo?), of First Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshkovsky and Economics Minister Petro Poroshenko ...
In his 'Politclub' programme broadcast on Wednesday on TVi, (Ukraine's last remaining independent television station, which is currently under serious assault by the authorities), Valeriy Portnikov gave a reply to the question above.
He considers Yanukovych was sending out a blunt message: no-one is untouchable, not even the richest and most powerful.
Journalists, against whom the authorities are now conducting an all-out war, do not have financial assets that can be squeezed or extracted. "But the people, on whom boots are being wiped today, in actual fact in preparation for criminal cases against them, they have the money...and they have to ponder over this...The example of Mykhail Khodorkovsky in Russia, who at first co-operated in the construction of the system that was created there, then became its first victim, should tell them - think about this...you are next in line..." says Portnikov.
"First they wiped their feet on us when they were destroying the broadcasting of TVi, then on Yuriy Lutsenko, then on Yulia Tymoshenko. Now they are destroying the last possibilities of dialogue between those who are not indifferent, and society. After this the turn will come for you, dear vice-premiers, ministers, and members of the Party of Regions.."
p.s. A couple of years ago, as head of the State Security Service (SBU), Koroshkovsky was one of TVi's greatest enemies, actively restricting the television channel's access to the airwaves.