Monday, December 22, 2008

Old hands could return

On December 18th, PM Tymoshenko demanded the immediate resignation of Head of National Bank of Ukraine Volodymyr Stelmakh. A day later, on television, she accused president Yushchenko, Stelmakh and head of the president's Secretariat Viktor Baloha of illegal speculative operations via the Nadra bank, in which they could have 'raked off' over 4.5Bn hryven.

Now the first President of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, has sprung to her defence. He claims that her casting the spotlight on allegedly corrupt shennanigans in the NBU, and the subsequent creation of a parliamentary investigative commission, have cooled the speculative flare-up and are helping to increase the value and stabilize the national currency at more realistic levels.

According to Kravchuk, the turbulence in the currency market has bred huge discontent amongst ordinary people and may even be generating a pre-revolutionary situation, "and the people who are responsible for the stability of the national currency, for fighting economic crime, for guaranteeing the rights of citizens – they are [all] closing their eyes to blatantly criminal schemes taking place in the currency market," said Kravchuk.

"It is very good that a person from the higher eschelons of power has been found that has dared to call matters by their proper names, and has appealed to the people, because there was no other option," he added.

President Yushchenko responded to Tymoshenko's accusations: "Today the problem is not my relationship with this lady [ledi]. She has announced her opposition to the nation, to the state." ...[That's no lady Viktor Andriyovych, that's the prime minister]

On Monday, newly-elected VR speaker and wily old fixer Volodymyr Lytvyn is to meet both Yushchenko and Tymoshenko to consult on this week's parliamentary debates on tackling the economic crisis. And in an interview in the current 'Dzerkalo Tyzhnya' he suggests that if proposed, the experienced duo Vitaliy Hayduk and Serhiy Tyhipko would be broadly supported in the VR and they could soon return to the cabinet to help sort out the current economic mess.


Anonymous said...

The lady doesn't act like the Prime Minister - nothing is her responsiblity and she doesn't control all the finance ministries and the budget process. She makes wild accusations against political opponants without producing any evidence acting as if she were a private person in pursuit of her personal vendettas. And she knows people will believe them. Why not? There is corruption but it's not limited to Tym's opponants and there's plenty of reasons for the currency's collapse before getting to corruption including the governments economic policies and it was the Bank's raising of the interest rate stablised it - at least temporarily.

Anonymous said...

What was it that Napoleon said - "l'etat - c'est moi."

Does Yushchenko think that he IS the state, a la Napoleon?

He holds the office of president - nothing more, nothing less.

But he's not acting like it - instead, through his reliance on little thugs like Baloha, he engages in vicious personal battles with a perceived political opponent.

Where is his "round table" that he instituted a while back? Or is a certain "ledi" not allowed at the round table - only back-room thugs and oligarchs?

Corruption is indeed not limited to Tym's opponents in Ukraine - all the more reason to get rid of it.

As Yushchenko himself said - "corruption is killing the country."

So is Baloha.

Anonymous said...

Exactly what is it that Hayduk and Tihypko are "experienced" in?

From where I it, it looks to me like they are very "experienced" in corruption.

They are old hands, all right - and they need to be OUT, not in.