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Naftogaz and RosUkrEnergo have not issued documents to the Antimonopoly Committee

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2006


News / 26 January 2006 | 17:50

Naftogaz and RosUkrEnergo have not issued documents to the Antimonopoly Committee

Naftogaz and RosUkrEnergo have not issued documents to the Antimonopoly Committee

 Naftogaz and RosUkrEnergo have not yet issued any basic act project of the would-be joint enterprise or information about the mechanism of supply and realization of gas in Ukraine, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine press office reported.

“By now the Antimonopoly Committee does not possess the complete statutory information which is necessary for thorough analysis before the final decision to be made,” reads the statement.

According to the statement, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has not been already informed in full about the persons controlling RosUkrEnergo. All mentioned above keeps the Committee from thorough estimation of the project’s possible consequences and their influence on Ukrainian markets.

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Enterprises to pay for gas double price

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2006


News / 26 January 2006 | 17:30

Enterprises to pay for gas double price

Enterprises to pay for gas double price

National oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy may initiate increase of limit price for natural gas for industrial enterprises by 50%.

Naftogaz President Oleksiy Ivchenko declared about necessity of gas price increase for industrial enterprises in an interview to First National TV Channel Wednesday night.

“I think that we need to increase by 50%…as long as the price is low, we won’t force anybody to introduce energy saving technologies,” said he.

Limit price for natural gas for enterprises has already increased by 11.3% since January 1, 2006.

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The Central Election Committee permits ten-hryvnya expenses per voter

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2006


News / 26 January 2006 | 17:15

The Central Election Committee permits ten-hryvnya expenses per voter

The Central Election Committee permits ten-hryvnya expenses per voter

CEC allowed political parties and blocs to distribute promotional materials, designed as souvenirs and other goodscontainingemblems and symbols of the candidates.

 
The value of such goods must not exceed three percent out of the minimum wage, Ukrainain Radio informs.
T-shirts, pens, notebooks containing the insignia, priced at UAH10-10.30 apiece, will be viewed as allowed souvenirs or promomaterials, CEC Chairman Yaroslav Davydovych mentioned.

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President orders to restore heating supplies

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2006


News / 26 January 2006 | 17:03

President orders to restore heating supplies

President orders to restore heating supplies

On January 26, Victor Yushchenko telephoned Lugansk Governor Gennadiy Moskal and Crimean Premier Anatoly Burdyugov to discuss municipal problems in these regions, which appeared to be least prepared for unprecedented frosts. They told him what measures the regional authorities were taking to solve these problems.

The Head of State then spoke with ministers to discuss ways to deliver heating supplies to the people and renovate the municipal sector in Ukraine, presidential press office reported.

He particularly insisted that the authorities should resume heating supplies to Alchevsk (Lugansk oblast) and Oleksandriya (Kirovograd oblast). No heating has been delivered to these towns for the past week because the network broke down.

Yushchenko asked Emergency Minister Victor Baloha to help the cities and involve gas welders in fixing the system and then commissioned him to convene a meeting to discuss ways to resolve the heating crisis with the local authorities.

The Head of State also delegated Coal Minister Victor Topolov to visit Oleksandriya to formulate a plan of urgent measures together with representatives from the Emergency Ministry and Architecture Ministry.

The President ordered Naftogaz Chairman Oleksiy Ivchenko to resume gas supplies to Crimea.

When speaking with Anatoly Burdyugov, Yushchenko wanted to learn about potential aftermath of this disaster for the agrarian sector. The Premier assured him that there was no need to worry. The President commissioned the local authorities to formulate a complex program on energy efficiency and asked them to use alternative energy and increase the production of gas.

Then he delegated Deputy Chief-of-Staff Anatoly Matviyenko to personally control the situation in the regions to more effectively coordinate central and local government agencies. 

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Lesya Gongadze: The trial on the murder of her son lacks publicity

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2006


News / 26 January 2006 | 16:28

The trial on the murder of her son lacks publicity

Lesya Gongadze: The trial on the murder of her son lacks publicity

Mother of the journalist Georgiy Gongadze, Lesya Gongadze declares that investigation materials concerning murder of her son do not contain state secret, but Ukrainian authorities are afraid of open legal proceedings.

“The hearing is being conducted in close regime, as high officials, involved into the case, want to avoid publicity,” said Gongadze in an interview to “Deutsche Welle”.

She also noted that as an offended party she has an access to all documents, and there is not a single one with a “state secret” stamp.

“In fact, there have been held 4 court hearings and a lot of people are involved: judges, lawyers, journalists; society is waiting for information from Mass Medias, but still there is no result,” noted Gongadze.

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The leader of the Party of Regions interviewed by the foreign journalists

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News / 26 January 2006 | 16:17

The leader of the Party of Regions interviewed by the foreign journalists

The leader of the Party of Regions interviewed by the foreign journalists

Today Victor Yanukovich had a working lunch with BBC, ̡ndelsblatt and RTR Russian TV Channel journalists, the Party’s press service told.

The discussion was focused on the pressing issues concerning the gas agreement, the coming parliamentary elections and possible variants of the post-election alliances. The journalists were greatly interested in Yanukovich’s views on Ukrainian-Russian and EU-Ukraine ties.

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Reporters Without Borders: Call for public trial of journalist’s accused killers

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2006


News / 26 January 2006 | 15:42

Georgiy Gongadze's widow

Reporters Without Borders: Call for public trial of journalist’s accused killers

Reporters Without Borders called January 25 for the trial of the suspected killers of journalist Georgy Gongadze to be held in open court and expressed concern and surprise at a judge’s decision yesterday to hold it in secret.

Judge Irina Grigorieva also banned journalists from the courtroom, citing article 40 of the criminal code and said evidence likely to reveal state secrets may be heard behind closed doors. Questioning of the accused, arguments in the case and announcement of the verdict will all be in secret.

“Her decision is unacceptable and increases our fears about the handling of the case of Gongadze,” who was murdered in 2000, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “She admits the trial is highly political but refuses to provide all the openness it should have. The trial is a test for the country’s newfound democracy and its new president, Viktor Yushchenko, who made solving the case a priority. It now seems some of those implicated in the murder still have enough power to keep some of the evidence hidden.”

Yushchenko, who took office in January last year, promised last March he would speedily resolve the murder of Gongadze, who was editor of the online newspaper Ukraïnska Pravda. Three policemen accused of killing him – Valery Kostenko, Mykola Protassov and Olexander Popovitch – went on trial in Kiev on 9 January. But the hearing only lasted an hour because the judge said there was not enough space in the courtroom for any more than a few journalists. The next hearing was on 23 January.

Judge Grigoryeva also initially refused a request for senior officials such as former President Leonid Kuchma and current parliamentary speaker Volodymir Lytvyn to be called as witnesses. Kuchma and Lytvyn are among those suspected of giving the orders for Gongadze’s murder. The judge changed her mind on this point yesterday.

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The Cabinet of Ukraine urges MAUP to stop anti-Semitism propaganda

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2006


News / 26 January 2006 | 15:30

The Cabinet of Ukraine urges MAUP to stop anti-Semitism propaganda

The Cabinet of Ukraine urges MAUP to stop anti-Semitism propaganda

NCSJ applauds the positive steps taken by the Ukrainian government to address anti-Semitism. On Tuesday, ministries of the Ukrainian government publicly condemned the anti-Semitic activities of the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management (MAUP), the largest non-state university in Ukraine, and pledged to pursue legal action against it, Action Ukrainian Report informs.

On national television, Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk called MAUP’s actions “unlawful,” and proclaimed that “there is no place for any form of anti-Semitism or xenophobia in Ukraine.”

At the same time, in a press release, the Ministry of Education cited MAUP for its pursuit of activities inconsistent with higher education, and asked Ukrainian law enforcement bodies to analyze the extent to which MAUP’s actions can be sanctioned under Ukrainian law.

The government’s statements are in response to MAUP’s continued support of anti-Semitism and xenophobia. NCSJ has been in close consultation with the government in recent months, following MAUP statements supporting the President of Iran’s denial of the Holocaust and appeal for Israel’s destruction. According to the Ukrainian Jewish organization Va’ad, MAUP is responsible for much of the anti-Jewish publications disseminated in the Ukraine.

NCSJ Executive Director Mark Levin welcomed the Ukrainian government’s moves. “It’s definitely an important step in the right direction,” Levin said, “and we hope that a full investigation by the appropriate ministries and law enforcement agencies will put a stop to MAUP’s hatred.”

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