Kyiv Mayor Leonid “Kosmos” Chernovetsky: I think I’ll be able to convince the President that the decree was emotionally charged. I regret that politics interferes with the conduct of the nation’s leaders. As long as I’m Mayor, casinos, strip bars and other trash on Kyiv’s territory will definitely have problems [grins] — until I put them out of business completely. It’s not my will. It’s God’s will.
Background: President Yushchenko has vetoed the recent tenfold utility hike designed by Chernovetsky for Kyiv’s entertainment industry in an obvious bid to make the fourfold T fare hike pale by comparison.
In addition to this publicity stunt, the Mayor also auctioned off the City Hall’s fleet of luxury cars. Naturally, the auction included neither the Mayor’s Maybach nor his son’s Porsche, nor his daughter’s Lamborghini.
Now let’s take a closer look at this soldier of "God’s will" and his crusade against “casinos, strip bars and other trash.”
A few days ago, Chernovetsky reinstated Irena Kilchytska as his deputy, taking her back from maternity leave. Kilchytska, a friend of the family, professes to be a devout believer, has had two children out of wedlock by two different men, and once claimed to be compiling a “dossier of good deeds” for submission to heaven.
Come elections, Chernovetsky claims to be an Orthodox Christian but all the while attends Sunday Adelaja’s charismatic Embassy of God church.
Bonus track: Watch Chernovetsky’s fun-loving wife perform a dance at her birthday party.
So where’s God’s will in all of this?