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“Marijuana March” will take place in Kiev

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2005


News / 29 April 2005 | 11:36

“Marijuana March” will take place in Kiev

Marches of supporters of marijuana legalization – "Million Marijuana March" – will take place on May 7 in 200 large cities of the world. The action is also planned in Kiev, the newspaper "Segodnya" writes.

According to Sergey Sokolenko, the member of civil initiatives association "Objective reality", the march in Kiev will be organized not only in support of marijuana legalization, but also for realization of private liberties. The action will be named "March of liberty". On the eve o the action the organization "Objective reality" prepares three-coloured flags and kerchiefs (red-yellow-green – the colours of fighters for marijuana legalization), leaflets with demand to abolish criminal responsibility for growing and use of marijuana.

According to the article 39 of Constitution of Ukraine the organizers of any action must inform the authorities about route, time, place of performing, slogans and aim of the action, contact phone of a person in charge.

As "Segodnya" informs, the Kiev state city administration did not get any application about the action, and, consequently, the law machinery, which is obliged to guarantee public order, was not informed also.

In any case, police officials recommend strongly not to use drugs and not to keep them to oneself.

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Citizens of Kiev hold a meeting at Maidan

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2005


News / 29 April 2005 | 10:30

Citizens of Kiev hold a meeting at Maidan

People have gathered on the central square of Kiev and appeal to the president of Ukraine. They demand to stop a drastic fluctuations of UAH rate that negatively affect savings of people, to refuse from the method of filling of the State Budget by increasing of prices for food products and communal services. Due to increase of prices people demand to immediately start making payments to socially unprotected categories of society, to implement pre-election promises as regards increase of salaries for employees of budget sphere by 50% and creation of 5 millions working places, to regulate prices for fuel, to stop practice of administrative formation of prices, DVC reported.

Besides, people demand to provide for public report about implementation of measures for stabilizing of prices in food market of Ukraine from the Government.

"Dear Leaders! One can come to the Power due to revolution, but one will not be able to improve economics with the help of revolution! Stop justifying your incompetence by mistakes of the previous Government! It is time to answer to people!", – scanned Kiev people after the meeting.

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The president Yushchenko has already dismissed 18 thousand officials

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2005


News / 29 April 2005 | 09:20

The president Yushchenko has already dismissed 18 thousand officials

In an interview to the newspaper "Ukraina moloda" (Young Ukraine) the president of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko reported that 18 thousand officials were removed since the new administration has come to power.
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According to Yushchenko he is glad that almost all new appointments are correct. He does not exclude the possibility of mistakes. "When the question is about such large employees’ rotation, one can not do without mistakes. I would not make a tragedy out of it," said Yushchenko.

In general, according to the president, the question of appointments is almost closed. "New appointments are remained to be made in the spheres of education and medicine, in Ministry of Internal Affairs. Not all chiefs of regional departments of Security Service of Ukraine have been replaced," said Yushchenko.  

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The TV channel NTN has won

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2005


News / 28 April 2005 | 17:40

The TV channel NTN has won

Supreme Economic Court of Ukraine has decided in NTN’s favour, reported the representative of the TV channel, Elena Simonova.

Thus, Supreme Economic Court has not allowed the appeal of General Office of Public Prosecutor and remained in force the decision of Kiev Economic Court.

"We will broadcast," said Simonova.

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According to public opinion poll Yushchenko’s rating is falling down

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2005


News / 28 April 2005 | 17:13

According to public opinion poll Yushchenko’s rating is falling down

Sociologists fixed slight decrease of people’s confidence in the leading statesmen of Ukraine.

According to public opinion poll, conducted from March 30 to April 8 by the sociological service "Ukrainian barometer", the level of people’s confidence in the president of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko decreased from 62.9% in February to 58.5% in April; confidence in the chairman of Verkhovna Rada, Vladimir Litvin, – from 59.3% to 52.5% accordingly.

At the same time the level of people’s confidence in the prime minister of Ukraine, Julia Timoshenko, practically did not change – 50.4% in February and 50.5% in April.

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Defenders of liberty of speech continue to arrange protest actions

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2005


News / 28 April 2005 | 16:38

Defenders of liberty of speech continue to arrange protest actions

Near the building of Supreme Economic Court of Ukraine supporters of the TV channel NTN are conducting the regular protest action. Recently the employees of the TV channel KRT have joined the demonstrators. They are holding the placards with inscription "Hands off KRT", ForUm’s correspondent reported.

Not far from the building of Supreme Economic Court three buses with policemen are standing. The number of policemen is about one hundred persons. The participants on the protest action can not understand why there are so many police officials, if the protest action is a peaceful one.

Journalists are not allowed to be present on the trial on "NTN case", which is taking place in the Court.

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Yushchenko disapproves whole-Ukrainian referendum of political reform

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2005


News / 28 April 2005 | 15:10

Yushchenko disapproves whole-Ukrainian referendum of political reform

The president of Ukraine, Victor Yushchenko, did not support the idea of the state secretary Alexander Zinchenko concerning referendum of political reform.

"Everything must be done clearly. But we turned the political reform into "a black cat". Ones consider this decision appropriate, others – on the verge of political correctness," said Yushchenko in an interview to "Ukraina moloda" (Young Ukraine).

Speaking about adoption of political reform, Yushchenko admitted that "there was no other decision – the main aim was to prevent civil conflict."

We remind, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine brought changes into Constitution of Ukraine on December 8, 2004. According to political reform Ukraine became a parliamentary-presidential republic.

Changes in Constitution come into force on September 1, 2005.

On April 15 the state secretary Alexander Zinchenko declared about practicability to perform a whole-Ukrainian referendum "of some questions of political reform." According to Zinchenko, he considers the changes in Constitution, provided for by the political reform, "imperfect."

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Ukraine has deficit in foreign investors

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2005


News / 28 April 2005 | 14:10

Ukraine has deficit in foreign investors

Promises of the Government to bring foreign capital to domestic economy turned into strange contradictions in Customs legislation and resolutions of the National Bank.

As Mikhail Sirota, the leader of Trudovaya party (Labour party), said, inflow of foreign investments was stopped due to demand of paying taxes for those investments made by would-be investors, DVC reported.

"They are demanded with additional money because they want to invest into our economy. You can come across with this nowhere in the world. There are no internal investment resources in Ukraine; Ukrainian capital is not formed as it is. It should be noted that Ukrainian bank capital is not only weaker than European, but weaker than Polish, Lithuanian and Russian", – Sirota stressed.

Most surprising is that first changes hit domestic manufacturers, though it was planned to back up them, first of all. For example, the Government resolved to struggle against high prices for meat by having imported more that one million ton of meat under 10% import duty and 20% of VAT. However, many analysts regard the large-scale intervention as liquidating of domestic livestock farming, as he noted.

"There is no a united program and a united team, and this does not promote economical grow ", – he states, – "Worsening of economical situation will become a very appreciable impact upon the Power’s authority, and achievement of economical stability is impossible when  united objectives and united officials are unavailable".

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