Archive for the ‘Tymoshenko’ Category

Amended election law and hysteria – am I missing something?

February 5, 2010

Cats are out of bags, living with dogs and raining down but – for the life of me – I can’t see what all the fuss is about.

OK – changing an election law this close to the election itself is goofy, but it is Ukraine we’re talking about, where political goofiness is the order of the day.

Still, what is the problem?  As I understand it, as long as BYuT delegates to local election commissions actually show up, they’ll take part in the process.  Is there, perhaps, some truth to the PoR allegation that BYuT had planned to withold its delegates, in order to close down the voting process in the east of the country.  Believe me, I’m always willing to be proven wrong, so let me know if I’ve got the wrong end of the stick here.

I suppose one could argue that delegates could be prevented from entering the polling stations, but these are guarded by the MVD, under Lutsenko, a trusted (who on earth knows why) ally of Yulia’s.

No, I just don’t get it.  Seems like a tempest in a teacup to me.

Wait, that’s not a cat metaphor!

Will the Rada be disbanded?

March 29, 2007

Contradictory signs, so far. Baloga says he’s ready to draw up the presidential decree; Tymoshenko comes whipping back to Kiev; the Party of Regions appears to be preparing a contingency plan; but Yushchenko looks to be dithering, as usual, but may well be leaning towards dissolution.

Ukrainian politics are absolutely fascinating.

Three Tymoshenko-related items

March 29, 2007

I’ll go out on a limb to say that I’ve never really liked Yulia Tymoshenko. I just don’t trust her. So, take these items with a grain of salt, if you must.

Any of you with an abiding interest in Ukraine have probably come to appreciate Украинская правда as a source of information (and entertainment) on full-contact Ukrainian politics. It’s a great source and I recommend it highly.

Here, the paper prints an interesting story about how a Lviv-based Tymoshenko party paper allegedly “edited” a plagiarised interview, in order to remove bits critical of Tymoshenko, as well as falsified a part, in order to praise her. UP claims that, when asked for an explanation, the editor of the paper in question admitted excising the criticism, saying (paraphrase) “after all, we’re a party paper.”

Украинская правда also reports that Tymoshenko’s aunt has filed a lawsuit against Viktor Yuschenko, for violating her rights by not dissolving the Verkhovna Rada. Eh?

Lastly, Yulia’s latest visit to Paris has been cut short – see here.