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Monday, September 28, 2009

Tihipko: “Ukraine Has to be Strong!”

Serhiy Tihipko. A former banker. One of Ukraine’s richest men. Yanukovych’s 2004 campaign manager, who jumped ship once it became apparent that his boss had crashed and burned in the Orange Revolution.

A spoiler candidate in the 2010 campaign who painted Ukraine with teaser billboards such as “What will be the exchange rate in the fall?”

Serhiy Tihipko: We deserve a life in a rich country. We have fertile farmlands, a robust industry, an educated and hardworking people. What is our problem? Irresponsible government. Lack of professionalism and will. We must leave a rich country to our kids and grandkids. Ukraine needs will and responsibility. Ukraine needs a strong and professional government. Ukraine has to be strong!

A dead ringer for Kevin Spacey, isn’t he? Only a bit more serious. Or less.

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Unknown said...

Well, according to these criteria there would be many strong countries. I was in Austria last week which has worse agriculture but it is more developed than Hungary.

Taras said...

The above ad thrives on platitudes and half-truths.

Does Ukraine have a robust industry? Not really. Ukraine has an obsolete, commodity-cursed, energy-inefficient industry run by a bunch of oligarch cartels.

Does Ukraine have fertile farmlands? Yes, it does. That doesn’t help much given Ukraine’s inefficient farming practices, antique equipment and a value chain that favors traders/resellers, leaving farmers penniless.