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Friday, November 28, 2008

Kosmos on Tymo's 48th Anniversary

More devotional rhetoric from our Mars-sent mayor Leonid Chernovetsky. This time, he addresses Yulia Tymoshenko, his unsuccessful nemesis, who celebrated her 48th anniversary Thursday.

Kyiv Mayor Leonid “Kosmos” Chernovetsky: I forgive her everything. Flowers — the most beautiful that can be — to the beautiful woman I gave. I hope she repents, comes to God, and falls in love with the mayor of Kyiv. She will fall in love with me certainly in a Christian sense, if any, because I have one wife and I’m not going to swap her. I love her.

You just witnessed a gift of monogamous poetry of cosmic proportions!

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

One Flew Over MP Herman’s 'Village Hut'

She makes $3-4K a month, wears a $50K watch, and lives in a $500-850K home.

She belongs to a caste of Ukrainian politicians whose well-being defies the laws of finance, but not the laws of Ukraine. Ironically, she makes the laws.

The secrets of her well-being made Mustafa Nayem and Serhiy Leshchenko of Ukrayinska Pravda beat a path to her door.

They took pictures of her home in Horenychi, five minutes’ drive west of Kyiv.

Hanna Herman — who once had worked as an RFE/RL host and, later, as a spokeswoman for Yanukovych until becoming a Party of Regions MP — didn't enjoy this kind of investigative reporting.

She charged the reporters with spying and running a smear campaign.

In fact, it doesn't take a covert operation to learn that comparable homes in the area sell in the $500-850K range.

That didn’t prevent MP Herman from issuing a statement in which she referred to her home as none other than "silska khata," or "village hut." (Well, if she thinks she lives in a “silska khata,” then putting that hefty price tag on it certainly smacked of a smear campaign to her.)

Interestingly, she welcomed the reporters to check her earnings statements filed with the Verkhovna Rada. Everything is accounted for, Herman said. The $50K watch? A birthday gift! (Yeah, what a modest gift compared to the $500K watches worn by other Party of Regions lawmakers.)

To buy the home in question, Herman claims to have taken out a mortgage on her Kyiv apartment, currently worth $500K.

Bad call! She could have bought herself a "village watch" instead of the "village hut."


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Maidan: 4 Years After

November 22 also marked the 4th Anniversary of the Orange Revolution.

On my way to the Holodomor remembrance service, I dropped by Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), the heart of the Orange Revolution.

On Sunday, I revisited Maidan.

The Presidential Secretariat, a key Orange Revolution battleground

I miss you, Maidan!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Revisiting the Holodomor Memorial

Moved by what I saw there on Saturday, I couldn’t resist coming back on Sunday.