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Thursday, October 30, 2008

MPs Scuffle As Dollar Shoots Over Hr. 7

In Thursday morning trading on the streets of Kyiv, the asking price for the U.S. dollar reached Hr. 7.0942, up from Hr. 6 last Friday. Some banks offered the dollar at a price as high as Hr. 7.4, Ekonomichna Pravda reports.

Now look at those dudes. Reaching across the aisle is a squad of BYuTies who came to NUNSville to extract the absentees’ voting cards there and thus ensure in-person voting.

Speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk: I call on your faction to return to your sector. Break, comrades! Split up!

Did he say sector? He should have said ward!


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Anonymous said...

Well, it's not the first boxing match that has occurred in the sewer called the Ukrainian Parliament, or RADA.

Yatseniuk has learned the appropriate boxing referee's call - "break."

But it's an extremely serious problem, don't you think, when most of the deputies are absent, and one deputy "plays the piano", as Ukrainian Pravda called it, and photographed it many times, and inserts the cards of absentee deputies in order to register votes on legislation.

I wonder if Yanuk, Jr., famous billiards expert, son of Yanukovych, and member of parliament in the Party of Regions, has been present for any legislative votes?

Taras said...

Instead of adhering to a simple code of ethics, they all “play the piano” whenever they can and then they try to police each other.

As far as one can see from watching Rada (our C-SPAN), Yanukovych Jr. doesn’t show up very often.

If you miss those rare lawmaking moments, welcome to the fan zone:

Anonymous said...

My question has been, and still is - whom does Yanuk, Jr. represent?

First off, obviously, he shouldn't be in the RADA. He's just a snot-nose kid, not qualified to be in Parliament. He has no business being there.

That's part of the HUGE problem with the partly list system - and lack of control on campaign finances.

Second, obviously, he, along with the rest of the Party of Regions, represents a few oligarchs.

What I'm wondering is - why haven't people caught on?

And if they have finally understood how badly they are being screwed, why aren't they doing anything about it?

The newspapers are FULL of accurate information about the oligarchs. It's really, really, really hard to miss the fact that the RADA represents noone but oligarchs, except for a few minor moves by the likes of Tymoshenko and Lutsenko.

My questions still remain.