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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Kosmos Explains His Nickname

Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky did not earn the nickname "Космос" ("Kosmos") for his spaced-out public appearances alone. He earned it for his lack of gravity toward the public good in the avalanche of land decisions and zoning polices sponsored by his office.

On "Shuster Live," the man presented his side of the story:

Kyiv Mayor Leonid “Kosmos” Chernovetsky: It’s like a…
Talk show guest: From space, coming from space!
Chernovetsky: Uh…exactly! It’s a cosmic policy and it has nothing to do whatsoever with reality.

Savik Shuster, host: Listen, it’s interesting, why do they call you ‘Kosmos?’
Chernovetsky: First of all, let me tell you…

Savik Shuster: He’s just, he’s just…I-I-I got the notion from him, he didn’t just say ‘from space’ for nothing.
Talk show guest: I said it accidentally, almost accidentally.

Chernovetsky: Savik, it’s an honor for me, because many of the decisions that my administration makes along with the Kyiv City Council which I have the honor to preside over — they are completely unusual for Ukraine. These are completely novel approaches that the ministries and the Cabinet may view as ‘cosmic’ and may present them as such. But I’m proud that they are unlike anything that has happened before in Ukraine.

He’s right. No other mayor in Ukraine has made so many decisions in such a short period of time — land decisions, that is.

Bolstered by the buckwits who sell their votes for a pack of buckwheat, he and his party are running for parliament. Fasten your seat belts. This is just the beginning!

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Gabriela García Calderón said...

I'm pretty sure in Peru we'd be all making fun of this, as indeed would happen in any other country. But most likely he'd be elected mayor!

Taras said...

Gracias, Gabriela!

You can watch his most famous spaced-out speech here. If this kind of guy got elected in Peru, you'd have skyscrapers all over Machu Picchu.

Don't do this:)!