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Monday, November 16, 2009

Tymoshenko Blasts Yushchenko for Calling Her ‘Bum’

When Yushchenko called her “bum,” he meant her incredibly humble tax returns.

When she returned the courtesy, she used the word tyrit (тырить — Russian slang/Putin-speak for steal).

Putin uses tyrit to describe what he calls Ukraine’s theft of Russian gas — every time Gazprom cuts off gas supplies.

PM Yulia Tymoshenko: I was surprised when I saw in the President’s tax returns some 13 hectares [32 acres] of newly acquired land in Bezradychi, Kyiv. I, too, think that, perhaps compared to the President, I look like a bum, because I haven’t snitched a single plot of government land while working as Prime Minister.

What about your associates? What about buying Tamiflu from that quadruple-charging intermediary that caused shortages and contributed to deaths?

I voted for you three times: in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Why can’t you say “I’m not a crook” without lapsing into Putinese: dictatorship of law, tyrit, what’s next?

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Unknown said...

I am sure that these talks are written by other people in the background. Politicians rarely have good sense of humour or what I should call these... blames.

Taras said...

Good point!

Naturally, she has a whole staff of people who write talking points and speeches for her. So I’d love to know if she used the word tyrit on the advice of AKPD.

Even though the fall of communism didn’t quite result in a happy kind of capitalism for Ukraine, I still like Reagan's collection of Soviet jokes .

Unknown said...

Good jokes!