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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Kyiv Mayor Breaks Traffic Rules, Video Shows

With traffic laws getting tougher, many drivers have rediscovered safer driving, bringing accident rates down.

Still, the tougher laws don’t work for the tough guys (aka mazhory) who remain secure in the belief they can get away with murder. (The tougher laws certainly didn’t work for the tough Mercedes S600 guy who ignored traffic lights and hit a woman at full speed. The woman died. The driver, DUI, attempted to flee the scene.)

A non-lethal yet high-profile traffic violation case involves Kyiv Mayor Leonid “Kosmos” Chernovetsky, whose Rolls-Royce took the opposite lane — at least twice — while driving away from a restaurant.

STB caught the act on its candid camera and took the footage to the top brass at the DAI (spelled da-yi), the country’s highway patrol police.

Cop 1 detected three violations, for a total of Hr. 1,500 ($195) in fines, but added that the footage cannot be used as evidence. Cop 2 found two violations, punishable with a fine of Hr. 255-340 ($33-44), and said the footage must be examined for authenticity.

The DAI will report its ruling within 15 days.

Meanwhile, Mayor Chernovetsky orders cemeteries to charge entry fees and then raids kindergartens to sing “V lesu rodilas yolochka” in front of the cameras.

one law for all updates. Vitaliy Finegold, the Crimean mazhor who killed a 25-year old woman with his Bentley last summer, has been released from custody. Police claims putting Finegold under oath not to leave town, pending investigation of him as a witness, not as a suspect.

In a country where judges harvest bribes, the system holds very little justice for the likes of Finegold.

A week ago, a court in Lutsk summarily amnestied the sons of a Rivne Court of Appeals judge, after sentencing them to 48 and 54 months’ imprisonment for beating a man to death.

The court based its ruling on “extenuating circumstances”: the younger defendant was a minor at the time of the crime, the older defender has two children.

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Anonymous said...

"The court summarily amnestied" criminals for killing someone.

There is an old half-joke about the young juvenile who killed his parents - no question about it.

He stands before the jury and pleads to the jury: "please don't convict me for killing my parents - I'm an orphan."

In Ukraine, it's not a joke - and it's even worse.

"I can kill anyone, because I have kids, and I have connections."

How putrid!!!!!

Taras said...

That's a damn good joke, Elmer!

In Ukraine, we call it "justice," or "one law for all."

Anonymous said...

I lived for a bit right by there, on Tarasivska, which is a one way street perpendicular to the one the mayor drives off on. Anyway, one night I nearly got run over by a SUV speeding down the street--the wrong direction. I gestured angrily in their direction, then saw the "ВР" (VR) on the license plate presumably making it a car of a parliamentarian. Ticked me off even more.

Taras said...

Thank you for sharing your story!

You know “the rules.”

Cars with royal license plates, such as ВР or the numbered ones, invent their own rules.

Marta Salazar said...

rule of law???

Taras said...

rule of lawlessness...