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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

NUNS MP Seeks Apology From Ukrainians Amid Specter of Shyrka

MP Kseniya Lyapina NUNS: To all viewers and listeners, to all citizens who have experienced stress during the last month, let me apologize on behalf of our entire coalition, our team mates, that we, unfortunately — intentionally or unintentionally — have created, via this adolescent democracy of ours — so immature — that we have created so much stress for society. We Nasha Ukrayina believe that we must overcome this state of adolescence, find political will, lay aside personal fears and concerns, and proceed with fulfilling the tasks you laid out before us. Moreover, I’m confident that we are able to fulfill them.

Lyapina, who ran the Council of Entrepreneurs at the Cabinet of Ministers, comes across as a true-Orange lady.

She steers clear of scandals and turf battles. She does not appear to have a hidden agenda, which puts her in stark comparison with Baloha’s shyrka squad, aka United Center.

The mouth-watering specter of a grand coalition with the Party of Regions — in the name of stabilnist — both seduces and scares Yushchenko. On the one hand, it raises a thin hope of re-election via complex bargaining; on the other hand, it carries the risk of burying whatever approval ratings he has left.

So, realizing that Tymoshenko’s unemployment in 2008 would only boost her employability in 2009, Yushchenko limits himself to a dietary shyrka, or informal grand coalition, as Stepan Havrysh put it. The deputy chief of the National Security and Defense Council used this term in describing the present modus operandi.

Indeed, the extramarital affair with the Party of Regions preserves the formal coalition with BYuT and keeps the Cold War in the Orange camp below its boiling point until further course of action.

As always, everybody wants to rule the world, and that includes both Yushchenko and Tymoshenko.

That’s why Lyapina’s calls for working out a détente, and working for the public good, sound like a cry in the wilderness.

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Anonymous said...

WOW! This is truly an extraordinary statement.

It looks like she understands that the purpose of government is something other than just to make oligarchs like Akhmetov or Chernovetsky rich.

I still recall, on a daily basis, Tymoshenko's call: "let us build the best government in the world."

Instead, what Ukraine has is a HUGE pie fight among oligarchs who are trying to steal as much for themselves as possible - and use the government to do so.

And what does it say when citizens of Ukraine are so desperate, that a slimeball like space cadet Chernovetsky, the mayor of Kyiv, can buy his way into office for a few pennies, while continuing to accumulate millions of dollars for himself - through city government?

Yushchenko repeatedly talks about the independence of Ukraine - how it has been declared 6 times, and about how 5 times in the 20th century it failed.

How is Ukraine going to remain independent if its citizens are so poor, and so ill-informed, that they wait for the next bribe for their votes in the next election?

Ronald Reagan used to say "a rising tide lifts all boats." That means that if the economy improves in general, everyone benefits.

In an oligarchy, only the oligarchs retain wealth - but the economy does not improve, because noone can breathe - the pig oligarchs hold everything in their fists. Money and the government, the government and money.

EXAMPLE - How is it that Akhmetov, a member of parliament, can be on both sides of the same deal with Vanco Energy? On one side, he is a member of the government which approved the deal. On the other side, he mysteriously appears as one of 3 "investor" beneficiaries of the deal to do offshore drilling in the Black Sea.

So you have Mexico and Ukraine, where people vote with their feet - and leave.

Aren't there any others who will join Ksenia in her statement?

Taras said...

We have too many holes in our boats to make Reaganomics work. Besides, some of our boats are more equal than others.

Our economy is growing, but the income distribution favors the oligarchs and the officials who serve them.

The middle class is growing much slower, and its niche in Ukraine’s social stratification gives it too little clout.

So, while ordinary people struggle to survive, politicians of all creeds and colors struggle for power. Which is why I think that Lyapina’s statement fell on deaf ears.