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Friday, April 10, 2009

Meat Mismanagement, Paid With Taxpayer Money

They buy meat and let it spoil. They buy cars and let them shine. Taxpayer money pays for both.

Enjoy another report on how Derzhkomrezerv operates.

In 2008, the Tymoshenko government imported various kinds of meat to push the overblown local prices down. To promote the policy, Mykhailo Pozhyvanov, then chief of Derzhkomrezerv, posed in front of the cameras, choking on fried chickens.

For some reason, some of that meat never made it to retail stores.

An STB crew pays a visit to a Derzhkomrezerv partner business that stores minced poultry imports in its refrigerator warehouse. The shipment stored there, worth about $250,000 in 2008 prices, had reached its expiry date last summer. Derzhkomrezerv then tried to resell it to a Donetsk company, despite a ruling by the center for disease control that the meat be destroyed.

Volodymyr Zakharenko, owner of the warehouse, notified the prosecutor's office. And guess what? Police and Derzhkomrezerv raided the warehouse looking for pork. Zakharenko confirmed storing a shipment of pork and even produced some unsavory pictures of it. Yet the man agreed to release the shipment based on an invoice, not a search warrant.

Derzhkomrezerv did not immediately respond to STB’s request for comment.

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Gabriela said...

While there is taxpayers money, things like this will go on on happening... once and again.

elmer said...

Doesn't it tell you something about how screwed up Ukraine is, when its government imports meat to "fight high prices," and then lets it rot?

This in the "breadbasket" of Europe.


I hope those poor animals come back from the dead to terrorize the Ukrainian government.

Taras said...


“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one,” as the famous Thomas Paine quote goes.

As long as such evils go unpunished, there will be more and more of them.


That meat should be served to all the officials responsible, as they serve their jail sentences.