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Nepotism Government is a family affair in Ukraine, where jobs are frequently doled out on the basis of connections and blood ties rather than qualifications. The assault on meritocracy takes an inevitable toll. See stories on pages 10-11.
Hanna Herman and son Mykola Korovitsyn are both in positions of power. She serves as deputy head of the Presidential Administration. He is deputy emergencies minister. (Artem Zhavrotsky, www.pravda.com.ua)
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (R), managed to get his 25-year old son, Viktor, a seat in parliament.
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Former President Viktor Yushchenko’s brother, Petro (L), is a parliament deputy. His son, Yaroslav Yushchenko was until recently deputy head of Kharkiv’s Oblast administration. (Dmytro Larin, tabloid.com.ua)
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Tymoshenko losing clout as opposition leader
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CORRECTION In the April 9 edition, the Kyiv Post misidentified the new deputy head of Naftogaz Ukraine. Yevhen Korniychuk, a native of Baku, Azerbaijan, was appointed to the position on March 24. He has no affiliation with the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko.
After taking control of the government, parliament and courts, President Viktor Yanukovych is close to claiming another conquest: marginalizing political opposition to him. That opposition, for now under the leadership of defeated rival ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, continues to shrink less than two months after the president’s Feb. 25 inauguration. The demise picked up speed after a controversial April 8 decision by the nation’s Constitutional Court that allows individual lawmakers – despite being elected on party tickets -- to change their political allegiances as they please. This could lead the way to the splintering of Tymoshenko’s once-solid bloc of 150-plus parliamentarians, more than a third of the 450-member Verkhovna Rada. Soon, Tymoshenko’s status as opposition leader could be challenged by up-and-coming politicians, despite the fact that she came within 3.5 percentage points of being elected president on Feb. 7. Yanukovych, once shamed for his bid to win the presidency through a fraud-marred vote in 2004, is now approaching a level of omnipotence comparable to that of authoritarian exPresident Leonid Kuchma, who ruled for a decade before Viktor Yushchenko took power in 2005. “They have complete power, more than Kuchma. For business people in parliament, they don’t have to show cash to get them to switch sides,” Yevhen Korniychuk, deputy justice minister under Tymoshenko and the leader of the Social Democratic Party, a party in Tymoshenko’s former coalition, said.
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KP: Do you want to lead the united opposition to the ruling parliamentary majority loyal to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych? AY: I have an ambition to lead a political alternative to both [Yanukovych’s] Party of Regions and the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko. In my opinion, both political cartels represent the same political values and approaches. Both are deeply entrenched in political corruption, both are leadership-type political organizations; both strive for absolutist Arseniy Yatseniuk power in Ukraine. By the way, Tymoshenko’s BYuT bloc and the Party of Regions were one step away from signing a broad political agreement in May-June 2009. In contrast, I set a goal to bring a truly new generation of Ukrainian politicians to power.
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Q&A with Arseniy Yatseniuk: ‘My opponent is Yanukovych’
KP: What is your response to accusations that you represent the ruling coalition’s “controlled opposition” - meaning that you aren’t really in opposition to the Yanukovych-led coalition, but are being used to contain Tymoshenko? Ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
Korniychuk ruled out his party’s joining of the new Yanukovych-led coalition, but he suggested they would challenge the hitherto iron-clad leadership of Tymoshenko’s Fatherland Party. “Lots of people believe in her, but they want to be heard,” he said. “I want to be a Social Democrat, which is what I am, after all,” he added. However, neither Korniychuk nor Tymoshenko may be able to control all their parties’ lawmakers, some of whom continue to be lured into Yanukovych’s fold by the promise of greater influence or the threat of being left on the sidelines. Korniychuk said his Social Democratic Party, which boasts only eight parliamentary lawmakers in the 155-member Tymoshenko-led faction, has only had one defection to date. Despite its slim national representation, the Social Democrats have 700 local council members scattered throughout the nation. As long as Tymoshenko was winning, her BYuT faction’s ranks swelled. But now, with the next elections far away, her prospects look dim. “She will be able to stay on top for some time, then start petering out,” said Vadym Karasiov, a political analyst who advised Yushchenko. Among possible replacements for Tymoshenko as the country’s top opposition leader is Vyacheslav Æ13
AY: This statement is absolutely irrelevant. It was Tymoshenko who labeled Yatseniuk as a “pocket opposition,” pretending to be “the one and the only” opposition leader… Nobody has a monopolistic right to be in opposition. We treat Tymoshenko’s opposition “cabinet” as a virtual board aimed at employing her party members, while my Front Zmin aims to build a political structure which is rooted in local communities and civil society. On April 15, we unveiled our Government for Changes project. It is our policy dialogue engine, which will organize and coordinate communication with think tanks, activists, parties across sectors and regions. We hope that this process will bring a new generation of policy makers to the forefront of the Ukrainian politics.
KP: Lastly, do you deny that you received presidential campaign financing from gas trading tycoon Dmytro Firtash and businessman Leonid Yurushev (a Greek citizen who was born in Ukraine), as reported by some media? AY: I have never received financing from Firtash and never confirmed such relations in public. Firtash is known for his control over Inter TV channel. So, if Firtash financed me, he would not have blocked access on Inter right in the middle of the election campaign. Furthermore, when occupying the economic minister’s office, I was firmly opposed to the expansion of RosUkrEnergo, a [gas trading intermediary co-owned by Firtash and Russia’s Gazprom]. In particular, I sharply criticized a controversial gas deal involving this organization. You can easily check it in my interviews in Dzerkalo Tyzhnia and other media of that time (http://www.mw.ua/1000/1030/52649/). In addition, a meticulous investigation by Ukrainska Pravda http://www.pravda. com.ua/articles/2009/07/21/4106841/) found no proof of Firtash funding my campaign. Speaking of Yurushev, I have publicly confirmed his role in the campaign. You can find Mrs. Yurusheva among many other donors supporting my presidential campaign (please refer to the full list at http://www.frontzmin.org/finance2.php). Although murky financing is a norm in Ukrainian politics, all my funding is transparent. I would like to note that it was Tymoshenko who personally talked about links between Firtash and me. This fabrication, as well as many other lies, played a role in a massive mudslinging campaign against me led by her political organization during the presidential campaign. However, I stress that I am not going to fight Tymoshenko. My opponent is Yanukovych. Kyiv Post staff writer John Marone can be reached at [email protected]
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