A most interesting interview with former PoR parliamentary deputy, Inna Bohoslovska, who recently left PoR to become an independent outspoken critic of the Ukrainian authorities, on Hromadske.tv a couple of hours ago. Bohoslovska is considered by some to be 'bullet-proof' and free to to criticise Yanukovych, under the 'krysha' of oligarch Viktor Pinchuk.
I hope it will soon be posted on YouTube.
Update: The imo important hour and one half interview can be seen on YouTube here. I believe she provides a true picture of the inside workings and current attitudes inside the PoR parliamentary fraction, particularly following Yanukovych's unprecedented visit to force his deputies to vote for a bill to provide amnesty to demonstrators conditional on the clearance of streets and buildings seized during protests.
Amongst her many revealing comments she claimed all that stands between a peaceful resolution to the current Ukrainian crisis and major bloodshed are 40-odd rebellious PoR parliamentary deputies. Even though they crumbled before Yanukovych a couple of days ago, they remain vital to any political resolution to the crisis.
Yanukovch is aware of this and will do his utmost to dissolve the Verkhovna Rada because, as Vitaliy Portnikov says, it offers an alternative platform for dialogue between EuroMaidan and the opposition.
Even though the president does not have the authority to dissolve parliament, current parliamentary speaker, and old-time Yanuk crony, Volodymyr Rybak does not exclude such a possibility.
Bohoslovska claimed the EuroMaidan was to be cleared by force on the 28th, but statements by Rinat Akhmetov and others denouncing violence, and phone calls from US VP Joe Biden, saved the day.
Also Yanukovych does not have the 50% support of the electorate to become a tyrant.
Many PoR deputies were prepared to cast a blind eye on the massive corruption by 'The Family' in recent years because signing of the Association Agreement was so much more important.. When signing the AA in Vilnius fell through last November, the situation became a different ball game.
After the Sochi Olympics Bohoslovska suggested there will be an attempt by Russia to 'nibble off' portions of Ukraine, particularly Luhansk and Kharkiv oblasts, and maybe Crimea. Kharkiv would be a big problem because although the local strongmen, Mayor Gennady Kernes and Regional State Administration head Mykhaylo Dobkin would be co-operative if such a turn of events were to occur, the local population, in particular, young students could react unpredictably. This scenario is being organised by Putin adviser Vladislav Surkov..
Bohoslovska suggested the recent sadistic kidnappings of EuroMaidan leaders, including Dmytro Bulatov, had the hallmarks of Kharkiv crime gangs on them, in particular of the 'Oplot' organisation.
She admitted that 90% of Ukraine's 11,000 judges were completely corrupt and should be replaced, and that this would be a good starting point in any major reform. She also admitted that although judge Kireyev who presided over the Tymoshenko trial was also 'bent', Tymoshenko was a crook in any case, and that had she been leading the opposition right now, there would have been a blood-bath.
Berkut can act with impunity...not one of their ranks has had to face criminal charges since the troubles began despite dozens and dozens of recorded incidents of excessive use of violence..torture, maltreatment etc. etc.