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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Judge Who 'Borrowed/Harvested' $2M+Hr. 2M Gets Away

Forget about Blagojevich. Forget about the penis pump judge.

Channel 1+1 presents a Ukrainian judge who claims to have borrowed — and harvested — the nearly $2M plus Hr. 2M that the SBU found in his office.

The Hon. Ihor Zvarych: I borrowed about 1,900,000 dollars from a colleague…via an I-O-U! Right on my desk, in my apartment, there was a ledger that clearly stated the types of construction works, the whos and whens, and the amounts of money allocated.

Ukrainians have this habit: to "sow" an offi...a new office — some with kopiykas, some with hryvnias, and some with dollars. [refers to the Ukrainian caroling tradition of tossing grain; panel explodes with laughter]

I appreciate your jokes and applause, but...

Here were these 10 to 20-kopiyka coins, hryvnias, dollars and all the rest that was in the package, known as “big sack one.”

Here I was falling. I’d ask them to let me use the bathroom. They mistreated me and told me they’d bring it over here and that I would relieve myself right here, on this spot. It was right here that they were throwing me around. It was from this window that I wanted to jump while suffering from this lawlessness being committed against me, and I’m not bluffing at this point. From there, I was hauled around the office by physical force.

Can you f*****g believe this? Not only does he excel in accounting, but, alas, he also dabbles in anthropology! This is the Chief Judge of Lviv Administrative Court of Appeals that deals with multimillion land and VAT rebate disputes!

After the SBU searched his office on December 3, The Hon. Ihor Zvarych checked into a private clinic, under oath not to leave town.

Dismissed from his position but not disbarred from judicial immunity yet, he then used that immunity to breach that oath. The SBU, which apparently had not placed him under surveillance, has now put out an APB on him.

One more thing: According to a bizarre article of Ukraine’s Constitution, a judge may be disbarred only after being convicted.

So, it’s “catch me if you can,” or “one law for all,” as Yushchenko put it.

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Anonymous said...

I did not realize that блуфую (bluffing - "bloofooyoo" in "Ukrainian") was a Ukrainian word.

It's like драйвувати ("drivoovaty") - from driving a car. One takes an English word and pronounces it in "Ukrainian."

At any rate, what has consistently amazed me, including with respect to the "borrowing" judge here, is how these people in Ukraine in the "political elite" expound their lies with a perfectly straight face.

It's the sovok mask - noone knows what the truth is, noone cares, they lie with a perfectly straight face.

And what a drama queen!!!!! He was treated so badly that he wanted to ---- jump out the window.

As it turns out, he has flown the coop, after signing a legal document that he would stay.

The reporter noted that the source of repayment of the I-O-U was unclear. In typical Ukrainian fashion, the judge put a very heavy emphasis on pronouncing I-O-U.

That is done to make people believe that you're not actually lying.

So the clever judge even had a ledger - for "construction" loans.

One more thing - I am absolutely astounded by the revelation that new offices of judges, or others, are opened with people coming into the office and "sowing" coins and dollar bills all over the place.

He even opened the drawer where the "sowing" money was kept, and played show and tell about it.

See - just some "sowing" money here, all fair and square and aboveboard.

My parents, who were from Ukraine, would be very, very surprised at such a thing.

Ukrainian Pravda is reporting that Lutsenko and the Interior Ministry nabbed another guy, who had demanded a $32 million bribe - a record sum - in connection with the sale of some land.

Lutsenko also states that the underlings who demanded the bribe would not have done so had they not been "covered" by - upper echelons in government.

Taras said...

Loanwords like блефувати, копіювати, юзати have been in use for some time. Драйвувати sounds like Diaspora Ukrainian:)

You can imagine how widespread the “sowing tradition” has become throughout Ukraine’s judicial system. Moneyed litigants use courts as wishing wells, showering them with all kinds of coins and bills, big and small.

Like cronyism, bribery can be traced to the Soviet era. But not in terms of proportions.

Such amounts of money may have existed at the top of the nomenklatura system, but not at Zvarych's rung of the judicial ladder.

In fact, under Soviet law, such amounts of money carried the death penalty. By contrast, under Ukrainian law, they carry judicial immunity.

Undoubtedly, some Politburo members had Swiss bank accounts, and so did some foreign trade officials. Still, not all Soviet leaders amassed fortunes.

Stalin’s daughter lives in a retirement home in Wisconsin.

Khrushchev’s son teaches at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Brezhnev’s alcoholic daughter died in poverty.

The lifestyles of these people just don’t measure up to those of the judges, officials, ministers, MPs, PMs, Presidents and oligarchs we have in Ukraine today.

In Greece, the death of a 15-year-old sparked a wildfire of protests. In Ukraine, the population has shrunk by almost 7 million in 17 years, without much protest.

That’s what makes Ukraine less livable.

Anonymous said...

And the Kluyev brothers show up again.

Seems that Prominvest bank is in trouble, and the receiver was to sell it.

Members of parliament blockaded the receiver and prevented him from giving a press conference.

Soooo - members of parliament blockade everywhere - inside and outside of parliament.

Any guesses as to which particular faction was blocking and tackling the receiver for the Kluyev's?

Taras said...

According to this report, the blockers came from the Party of Regions.

After the Klyuev bros failed to buy the additional Hr. 900M stock issue, the National Bank of Ukraine rejected their bid and opted for nationalization.

Anonymous said...

A bit more on the nationalization of Prominvest in the link below (but without the blocking and tackling aspect).

Seems that the scapegoat of choice for the freefall of the hryvnia currency is the chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine.