The wages of being President Yanukovych come in all sorts of gaffes and glitches.
President Yanukovych: I do understand that today we’re falling behind on [Euro 2012] preparations, and today we should take extraordinal...[pauses for a spell check]...measures...[adds emphasis to blunt his awkward pause]...to kick-start...[nods]...this construction of these stadiums, roads and infrastructure.
Acts of sabotage followed President Yanukovych to an SBU gala event. No sooner had he started singing Ukraine’s anthem than the recording malfunctioned (“Ще не вме...”).
A few minutes later, he ended up awarding the wrong guy.
“Normalnaya vlast” (Rus. normal government), as one SBU officer put it, obviously means Valeriy Khoroshkovsky, the Ken-faced billionaire who now runs the SBU. Among other things, Khoroshkovsky owns 3.5 Disneylands worth of land, 32,171 sq m worth of real estate and millions worth of Ukraine’s #1 TV channel. (He got his first job at the SBU as a RosUkrEnergo-friendly deputy director appointed by Yushchenko.)
Witness Tina Karol perform at a Yanukovych gala. Yes, that's the same Tina who toured Ukraine with a bunch of other celebs who endorsed Tymoshenko.
Russian singer Valery Meladze’s did “Вопреки,” a soundtrack song from Адмиралъ, a Russian biopic on Aleksandr Kolchak. (In the Russian Civil War, both the Whites and the Reds fought against Ukraine’s independence.)
Director Khoroshkovsky did not respond to questions about the cost of the event. Asked about who pays, an unnamed SBU officer said the SBU does, but he wasn’t sure.
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