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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Yanukovych Delivers His Inaugural Address

How about a stream of consciousness?

President Viktor Yanukovych: God, responsibility, humility, elections, freedom, democracy, budget, debt, poverty, crumbling economy, corruption, development, his team, Ukrainian people, effective government, rebuilding the economy and the welfare state, government reform, professionalism, Rada rapport, transparency, governance, need for a strong opposition as a safeguard for democracy, stabilnist, strong parliamentary majority [applause], need for overcoming divisions, need for cleansing our hearts of vanity/egoism/vanity, need for conceding defeat, Bible quote (Matthew 5:25), peace, reconciliation, cooperation, Rada rapport, government reform, judiciary reform, Constitutional reform, special interests, public good, ordinary people, middle class, intelligentsia, business, Rada-Cabinet-President rapport, defeating poverty, unifying the country, prosperity=unity, poverty=conflict, strategy of development, capital accumulation (wrong path) v. postindustrial society (right path), abandoning wild capitalism, embracing competition, knowledge economy, high-tech industries, science, catching up with the developed world, strategy of innovation, team, priorities, international division of labor, more government no, more market economy yes, deregulation, investment, IMF, rebuilding trust, stabilnist, fighting corruption, creating a level playing field (no easy task), political will (I’ve got it), clear foreign policy vision, policy that best suits Ukraine’s national interests, Ukraine as an East-West bridge, integral part of Europe & the former Soviet Union (looming into view: First Lady Lyudmyla Yanukovych & Grandson 9:37-9:47); equal power and mutually beneficial relations with Russia, the EU and the US, meeting the challenges, coming together internationally, humanity and Ukraine need the EU, energy, food, environmental safety, we’re ready to participate as a non-aligned European state, hope Rada will approve my foreign policy, as I assume the office of the head of the Ukrainian state, I want to tell the people of Ukraine that all my promises made to them will be fulfilled, we’ll pay back the wages/pensions in arrears, we’ll downsize the government (starting with my staff — applause), actions speak louder than words, result-oriented work in the name of Ukraine’s prosperity is my credo, I count on your support, I count on the support of the international community, which welcomes a strong and stable Ukraine, so help us God!

Hurry up, Mr. President! Patriarch Kirill is waiting!

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Lingüista said...

'Equality' in the ties with Russia and with the European union; 'customs union' with Russia (even if it makes things more difficult with Brussels later on?); hm... I wonder if he's going to make Russian an official language.

Well, let's hope for the best. Voronin didn't destroy Moldova or the Moldovan (= Romanian) language. I'll bet the Ukrainians are also tougher than anything Yanukovych might pull on them.

elmer said...

I'm going to do this in 2 or 3 parts, because of the character limit of 4,096 characters.

I don't think that Ukrainians have yet sorted out the meaning of this year's presidential election - and sometimes I don't think they're capable of articulating anything, other than to verbalize a vague notion that "something's wrong and we don't like it."

So here are my impressions of the recent presidential election in Ukraine.

I disagree that Yushchenko's 5 years were a total waste. They were a waste, yes, but not total.

First - in 2004, Ukraine had Kuchmism - the Orange Revolution broke that, in part, through Yushchenko's bravery and the support of a majority of the people.

Second - early in his administration, Yushchenko tried to initiate a "round table." So, rather than clans of oligarchs and their henchmen killing each other, Kuchma style, and killing journalists to boot, elected governmental officials from all sides could come and talk and try to work out difference. It was a baby step in getting to full democracy. Today, people get together on the Savik Shuster show from different political sides, and engage in discussion - public discussion, with the very important participation of very capable journalists - who have a sharp eye, very good minds, and are not easily fooled. That's not the only indication of how things have changed.

However, Yushchenko's attempt to get into a "universal agreement" with the Party of Regions was a fatal mistake - he was getting in cahoots with the very Kuchmist bandits against whom he ran.

If he wanted to implement reforms, he could have put specific ones on the table, and put public pressure on Parliament to implement them. He had the support of the public. Instead - the psychotic battle between him and Tymo got in the way.

Third - if anything, this year's election, which to use Tammy Lynch's phrase, was forged by dissapointment, clearly pointed out the price of failing to keep promises - Yushchenko, who concentrated far too much on a psychotic battle with Tymoshenko (she did her part too), was soundly kicked in the behind. Yabookyvych and the puppet masters who control him (Pinchuk, Akhmetov, Kolesnikov, Azarov, etc) should take note.

Fourth - Tymoshenko should have learned a very hard lesson - as Abraham Lincoln said, you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. Her appalling attempt to claim that there are no oligarchs in her bloc and that she is not subject to any oligarchs is beyond belief - it is atrocious. If she had been more honest, I believe she would have gotten more votes.

Fifth - if there is anything that these elections revealed, it is this - Ukraine has been the victim of a horrible, horrible stealing, drinking and robbing corruption binge by a "select" few people. A few people robbed the entire country through privatization deals and through abuse of government to the point where there is almost nothing left to steal.

elmer said...

Here's the rest of it:

Corruption, which has been talked about for years, is massively prevalent. The rights of ordinary citizens - well, that's too trifling for the "political elite" to worry about - except for pensions, of course, which are a pittance.

So the people had the freedom to finally wake up - and fully realize - whom do we elect, a bandit or a self-obsessed publicity queen who goes after everyone else's corruption, but not her own bloc's?

Not much of a choice.

And, after about 19 years, especially after the constitutional changes in 2006 - not much of a system.

And Julia found this out the hard way - imagine going in front of an election commission which is politically appointed, and not independent.

Imagine going in front of a court which has 49 goddamn politically appionted sycophant judges!!!!!!!! to decide election questions - with no public TV coverage. When Gore challenged the election against George Bush, it was in front of an elected judge, subject to TV coverage, and subject to appellate review by the Florida Supreme Court, and by the US Supreme Court - neither of which had 49 goddamn "judges" on it.

Welcome to what the rest of Ukraine experiences, Yulka. Crooked courts and no rights for ordinary citizens.

In Ukraine, the game still continues to be electing a different set of thugs in a crooked system.

The task ought to be 1)setting goals for reform and 2) implementing those goals.

One doesn't need to change the Cabinet to do that. One merely needs all of the oligarchs to stop playing the "war of all against all", and to stop playing the "Not Invented Here, So We'll Reject It" games.

One doesn't need to remove the Prime Minister - only some civil cooperation.

Yanukovych gave a very nice inauguration speech. The problem in Ukraine is that those speeches have been given year after year after year after year after year.

So that it's come to the point that people view Yanukovych's speech as just a bunch of lies, given for the benefit of continuing an oligarchic system.

And it amounts to "my oligarchs and I are better for Ukraine than you and your oligarchs."

Which, of course, is utter cow manure, horse hockey and nonsense.

It reminds me of my favorite poster of all time - a naked man with a huge scowl on his face is holding a pile of brown shit in one hand, and a pile of black shit in the other.

The caption underneath reads - "tired of the same old shit? Try ours."

That's Ukraine - unless people get rid of the oligarch system, and unless the "political elite" start cooperating - finally.

Taras said...


We'll see. They don’t have the supermajority (300 votes) to make Russian the second official language.

I think they’ll opt for the path of least resistance: making it a regional language in Russified regions, a de facto official status at the regional level.

Joining the customs union contradicts Ukraine’s WTO membership and has already been ruled out by deputy chief of staff Akimova.


Yushchenko screwed up everything except freedom of speech and Holodomor recognition.

Tymoshenko ended up fooling herself.

Has any PM ever won the presidency amid a 15% GDP contraction, rampant corruption and barefaced lies?

Btw, Lozynsky has been captured.