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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Kosmos: "Everything I Touched Turned to Gold"

Once an asset in Yushchenko’s tug of war with Tymoshenko, the Kyiv mayor is now becoming a liability. (Now that the Presidential Election 2010 looms high.)

“He may be a bastard, but he’s our bastard,” so Yushchenko’s thinking went as he turned a blind eye to the massive land grabs and barbaric construction in Kyiv.

As if awaking from this induced coma, Yushchenko is now keeping a more watchful eye on Chernovetsky’s capers.

He has nixed the manifold utility hike for businesses, paid entry to cemeteries, and paid services at public HMOs. Moreover, Yushchenko’s chief of staff, Viktor Baloha, is threatening to fire Chernovetsky from the city state administration post. (Due to Kyiv’s special legal status, Chernovetsky holds two offices: mayoral, which reports to the City Council, and city state administration, which reports to the President.)

His throne shaking, Chernovetsky is now serenading Yushchenko, his onetime guardian angel, trying to appeal to the President's “better self.”

Kyiv Mayor Leonid “Kosmos” Chernovetsky: Today, uh, the President intervened for me, because the administration [Baloha] already, uh, wants to replace me with someone else. Everywhere there’s treachery, abuse, and that’s no way to work. I work 24 hours a day like [Severodonetsk Mayor] Vladimir Emelyanovich* and I enjoy everything I do. Whether it works or not, Vladimir Emelyanovich, everything I touched always turned to gold.

*Name and patronymic transliterated from Russian

That’s right! We have a Midas of a mayor.

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