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Ukrainian officers are accused of smuggling money from Iraq

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News / 5 August 2005 | 16:34

Ukrainian officers are accused of smuggling money from Iraq

Ukrainian prosecutors have accused three high-ranking officers served with the country’s military contingent in Iraq of smuggling currency, Pravda.ru informed.

Two of the three officers, including a former deputy commander of the Ukrainian brigade in Iraq, Maj. Gen. Serhiy Savchenko, were formally indicted on charges of attempting to smuggling some US$300,000 in cash earlier this year, the prosecutor Volodymyr Shapakin said.

Both indicted officers are in Ukraine and under orders not to leave the country, Shapakin said.

Prosecutors say the money was discovered in February by customs officials, stashed in luggage of the crew of an aircraft that brought Ukrainian troops home from Iraq.

Without identifying its sources, Kiev’s private TV5 reported that the officers were involved in siphoning the money from a U.S. grant for the reconstruction of the southern-central Iraqi province of Wasit, which is under control of Ukrainian troops. The report could not be verified.

Ukraine has begun a phased pullout of its 1,650-strong contingent from Iraq and has said it will be complete by the end of the year, the AP reports.

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Ukrainian women were sold for sexual exploitation

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News / 5 August 2005 | 15:30

Ukrainian women were sold for sexual exploitation

In Kharkov police officials detained three citizens (1968-1978, all of them unemployed), who exported three Ukrainian women (1978-1985) to Moscow under the mask of recruitment and sold them to souteneurs for the sexual exploitation, as reported by UNIAN.

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Ukrainian women freed from sexual slavery in Turkey

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News / 5 August 2005 | 15:01

Ukrainian women freed from sexual slavery in Turkey

Five Ukrainian women who were tortured and imprisoned in a basement by sex traffickers in Turkey have been freed thanks to a special telephone hotline, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday, Middle East Times informed.

The women – one of whom was held for six years – were set to return to Ukraine after being rescued by Turkish police following a call to the "157" hotline, which is run by the IOM, the Geneva-based organization said.

"This case is one of the worst instances of trafficking we have documented in Turkey," said IOM official Marielle Sander Lindstrom in a statement.

The women, who were forced into prostitution, were tortured with boiling oil and kept in a windowless basement near the southern resort town of Antalya.

However, one managed to call the hotline using a mobile telephone belonging to a client or trafficker, and they were freed on August 1, said the IOM.

Turkish police rescued a further five victims of trafficking on August 3 in the southern city of Mersin, again thanks to a call to the hotline, the IOM added.

They had also been tortured and kept in a basement.

"Our greatest concern is that these cases taken together may represent a new level of cruelty and torture inflicted on trafficked individuals," said Sander Lindstrom.

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Grigory Surkis looks for guilty of Dynamo’s defeat

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News / 5 August 2005 | 14:20

Grigory Surkis looks for guilty of Dynamo’s defeat

"Dynamo" lost the return match with "Tun" held in Burn with the score 0-1. The goal was scored at the end of the second period.

In match, held with this team in Kiev, the score was 2:2. Thus, according to the sum of both matches, the score was 2:3 in favor of "Tun".

Georgy Surkis President of FC "Dynamo" reckons that defeat is the tragedy and the reasons of it must be found out.

"I think that the problems started when Josef Sabo had unexpectedly announced that he would leave "Dynamo" in the end of the season. We must investigate why it happened. Probably, the team was driven to such psychological condition. And you know that it is impossible for any genius coach to create efficient team in two or three weeks," stated Surkis. 

"The defeat to Swiss FC "Tun" can not be excused. But to call Buryak’s appointment the reason of defeat is a mistake. We need to get at the root. Brazilian legionaries venture to be late on training gatherings with nine kg of overweight. They get penalties but the penalties do not play football. It must be found out. May be we should refuse from so-called pretended legionaries who come only for money. We must form our own team like it was in 1999. I think it is possible to do it," mentioned Grigory Surkis.  

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Kravchuk to resign from the post of SDPU (u) leader

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News / 5 August 2005 | 13:48

Kravchuk to resign from the post of SDPU (u) leader

Leonid Kravchuk, the former President of Ukraine and people’s deputy, intends to raise the question concerning resignation from the post of the leader of Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united).

Kravchuk explained that this decision is connected with another post. Being the head of Civil forum council "Let’s unite Ukraine", he emphasizes this work and aims to make this public organization a powerful structure of European standard.

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Boris Kolesnikov to be a candidate to Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

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News / 5 August 2005 | 11:35

Boris Kolesnikov to be a candidate to Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Boris Kolesnikov the Head of Donetsk Regional Council states that he may be put to the vote in the parliamentary elections-2006.

"When there was a majority system in Ukraine we might change whether to be a candidate or not. But now it is decided by the party congress. If I am included in the electoral list of party, I will be a candidate for parliamentary elections. It does not depend on me," stated Boris Kolesnikov.

The final word will be said by his colleagues from "Party of Regions."

We remind that Boris Kolesnikov was released from custody and set to his work in Donetsk Regional Council.   

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Ukrainian PM to meet IMF Managing Director

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News / 5 August 2005 | 11:00

Ukrainian PM to meet IMF Managing Director

Today Yulia Timoshenko PM of Ukraine is to meet Rodrigo de Rato Managing Director of International Monetary Fund.

At a meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Rodrigo de Rato has recommended Ukraine to promote measures for controlling inflation, the press department of the Ukrainian President’s Office has reported. The two parties addressed the issue of monetary policies, instruments for hampering the inflation rate and Ukraine’s taxation system.

We remind that IMF revision revealed the real inflation index in Ukraine; it is equal to 15%. It is the main problem of Ukrainian economy. IMF recommended National Bank of Ukraine to limit the money printing and to set adaptable rate of exchange. IMF pledged to back National Bank.

The experts forecast the increasing of state budget deficit as the result of considerable social payments and the lack of incomes given by enterprises. They also recommend as quick as possible to solve problems of re-privatization and to pass acts which would provide financial independence of Pension Fund and benefit entrance into WTO.  

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Timoshenko to cancel unnecessary regulations

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News / 5 August 2005 | 10:26

Timoshenko to cancel unnecessary regulations

Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko stated that government would cancel 2249 regulations which limit business development in Ukraine, Ukrainska Pravda reported.

During her press-conference on Thursday, Timoshenko announced that her Cabinet found over 6 thousand regulations "that require further analysis in order to see whether they are beneficial for Ukraine from the normal regulatory function point of view, or simply exist to promote corruption."

"Out of these 6393 regulations, 2249 have to be cancelled immediately. They make up the chicken soup which feeds the pyramid of corruption," noted Timoshenko.

Also, she mentioned that additional 661 regulatory documents "require more work before they can be finalized."

Timoshenko reminded that these unnecessary regulations would have to be cancelled before September 1. "This is not going to be that simple. Government entities, including Ministries and local administrations will have to work together in order to have minimum regulations by September, when the summer vacation period is over," said Timoshenko.

President Victor Yushchenko called this task a personal responsibility and threatened to fire members of the Cabinet and heads of local administrations responsible for industries and regions where regulations that limit business development would be kept in place.

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