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Tymoshenko accuses Firtash-controlled group of companies of damaging financial condition of Rodovid Bank

Posted by the Editor on July 31, 2009


News / 31 July 2009 | 17:36

Tymoshenko accuses Firtash-controlled group of companies of damaging financial condition of Rodovid Bank

Tymoshenko accuses Firtash-controlled group of companies of damaging financial condition of Rodovid Bank

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has accused a group of companies controlled by business tycoon Dmytro Firtash of worsening the financial condition of Kyiv-based Rodovid Bank, ForUm informs referring to Interfax-Ukraine.

“The crisis has triggered mass violations at the these banks (troubled banks). For example, UAH 2.5 billion were taken as an unsecured borrowing from the [Rodovid] bank by a group of companies – 21 companies involved in criminal structures and led by Mr. Firtash,” Tymoshenko said at a meeting with the depositors of Rodovid Bank in Kyiv on Friday.

According to the premier, this money hasn’t been returned, it is not being serviced and the debts on its servicing have amount to over UAH 300 million.

At the same time, the bank’s debt to depositors has reached UAH 2.2 billion.

Tymoshenko also said that out of UAH 3.2 billion, the bank has received from the state to support its liquidity, UAH 1.283 billion has been given to “the bank’s own people.”

The conditions of this deal are being clarified, the premier said. In addition, the Interior Ministry has already opened several criminal cases into the improper use of credit resources after the recapitalization of the bank was performed and its financial documents analyzed.

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WTO demanded from Ukraine cancelling import restrictions

Posted by the Editor on July 31, 2009


News / 31 July 2009 | 16:10

WTO demanded from Ukraine cancelling import restrictions

On July 29 the World Trade Organization (WTO) general council examined and approved the report of the committee “On restrictions on behalf of balance of payments” on imposition of additional surcharges for some import goods in the amount of 13 percents by Ukraine, an unanimous spokesman for the WTO reported.

The WTO authority consider that Kyiv’s measures are not justified by the state of balance of payments and so infringe general agreement on rates and trade, Kommersant cites the spokesman fro the WTO as saying. Ukraine’s actions are inadmissible for the WTO because it contradicts statements of WTO director general Pascal Lamy that in terms of the financial crisis countries are to avoid protectionist measures. That is why general council obliged Ukraine to cancel all surcharges until September 7. If Ukraine does not fulfill it, according to the WTO rules, authority may impose sanctions on Kyiv.

Lamy’s irritation is caused by Ukraine’s surcharge on entrance duties of uncritical import. As a reminder, in March the Verkhovna Rada gave Cabinet of Ministers the right to fix and change amount of surcharges on entrance duties. After this the Cabinet fixed 13-percent surcharge to the entrance duties for import of cars and refrigerators. In June Constitutional Court abolished the Verkhovna Rada decision. It meant that the law on 13-percent surcharge for many goods of uncritical import came into effect. However, the government ignored the court decision. Since last Wednesday the State Customs Office has been collecting duties only from cars and refrigerators.

According to the Economy Ministry, if Ukraine does not cancel surcharges, the countries which suffered from these measures, will propose the WTO “adequate and painful” measures, for example, restriction of export, increase of tariff rates and may demand compensation for importers losses because of imposition of surcharges.

 
However, the Verkhovna Rada intends to prolong validity period of surcharge on the rates of custom duties for cars and refrigerators. The head of parliamentary committee for tax and custom policy Serhiy Terekhyn from the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc (BYuT) is sure Ukraine needs “to increase protectionism” and carry on aggressive export policy like USA, Europe, Japan and China.
 
Source: Mignews

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Yuschenko calling on law-enforcers to withstand politicization of high-profile cases

Posted by the Editor on July 31, 2009


News / 31 July 2009 | 14:00

Yuschenko calling on law-enforcers to withstand politicization of high-profile cases

Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko has called on law-enforcers to speed up the investigation into the criminal cases against former head of the Interior Ministry’s foreign surveillance department Oleksiy Pukach, against ex-MP Viktor Lozinsky, and into the death of a teenager in Lviv region, while not allowing the cases to become politicized, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

Yuschenko told this to Prosecutor General Oleksandr Medvedko, head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Valentyn Nalyvaichenko and Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko during their meeting at Boryspil Airport before the president’s departure for Crimea.

While speaking to the prosecutor general, Yuschenko said that due to the actions of the SBU and the PGO, they have a witness in Gongadze case, who is giving evidence which could help successfully complete the investigation into the case.

At the same time, Yuschenko noted that he knows that pressure is being exerted on the investigators in charge of this case.

The president asked the prosecutor general not to delay the investigation as each day of delay gives new grounds for political speculation.

Yuschenko said he is confident that the Prosecutor General’s Office, the SBU and the Interior Ministry will be able to complete this case together.

While speaking with the interior minister about the search for former parliamentarian Lozinsky, who is a suspect in the murder of citizen Valeriy Oliynyk in Kirovohrad region, Yuschenko asked for every effort to be made to detain the suspect if the police knows his whereabouts.

“This man should be arrested and brought to the Prosecutor General’s Office,” he said.

While commenting on the case of the death of teenager Ihor Zaritsky in Lviv region on June 29, the president said that one of those involved is a high-ranking law-enforcer. The president believes that he should be brought before the courts.

“I am worried, Oleksandr Ivanovych [Medvedko], about the pace [of the investigation], as some are politicizing the case, whereas others are building up their ratings… It is not a problem to bring Lozinsky to court, as well as those responsible for the teenager’s death in Lviv region,” the president told the prosecutor general.

He called on the heads of all three law-enforcement agencies to speed up the investigation of these cases.

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Yushchenko: IMF’s loans to bring more harm than good

Posted by the Editor on July 31, 2009


News / 31 July 2009 | 13:40

Yushchenko: IMF’s loans to bring more harm than good

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko is sure that in a case of absence of the reforms the loans of the International Monetary Fund will bring more harm than good.

It is said in the statement of the Main Department of Information Policy of the Secretariat of the President concerning receiving of the third tranche of the IMF’s loan. The statement was passed to UNIAN.

It is noted in the statement that the program with the IMF stipulates carrying out of the range of economic reforms and strengthening of ability of Ukraine to overcome the crisis.

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Lozinskyi put on Interpol wanted list

Posted by the Editor on July 31, 2009


News / 31 July 2009 | 13:29

Lozinskyi put on Interpol wanted list

The Ukrainian office of Interpol has placed former Parliamentary Deputy Viktor Lozinskyi of the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko faction on the international wanted list, Ukrainian News reported.

Interior Minister Yurii Lutsenko announced this at a press conference.

“Under a resolution from the Prosecutor General’s Office to put him on the wanted list, we closed the Ukrainian borders. In several days prosecutors put him on the interstate and international wanted list and the Interpol has issued its red notice on him,” Lutsenko said.

Lutsenko said such actions of the law enforcement agencies means Lozinskyi is being searched in the territory of all countries, including Ukraine.

The minister said the Ministry of Interior Affairs already has operational information about Lozinskyi’s possible whereabouts, but he refused to disclose this information.

Lutsenko said he was hoping that Lozinskyi would answer for the crime.

According to information from the press service of the Interior Affairs Ministry, information about Lozinskyi was added to Interpol’s database of people on the international wanted list on July 11.

According to the ministry, this information is available not on the Internet website of Interpol but in its secret information database that is intended for use by law enforcement operatives from various countries.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Ministry of Interior Affairs has offered a reward for information about the whereabouts of Lozinskyi.

The Prosecutor General’s Office recently opened a criminal case against Lozinskyi on suspicion of causing the bodily injuries that resulted in the death of Valerii Oliinyk, a resident of a village in Kirovohrad region.

The Verkhovna Rada terminated the parliamentary mandate of Lozinskyi on July 3, after which the Security Service of Ukraine launched a search for him.

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Lutsenko: No hidden political motive in Pukach arrest

Posted by the Editor on July 31, 2009


News / 31 July 2009 | 12:30

Lutsenko: No hidden political motive in Pukach arrest

There is no hidden political motive in the arrest of Oleksiy Pukach, Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko has told a press conference in Kyiv Thursday, ForUm informs, referring to UkrInform.

“There are no political reasons in the arrest right now. There is just a thorough work of the Interior Ministry Criminal Intelligence Office and officers of the Security Service of Ukraine,” he assured.

All the same, Lutsenko did not rule out that despite absence of a hidden political motive in the arrest, the investigation process will be overpoliticized.

As reported, ex-chief of the Interior Ministry Main Department of Outdoor Surveillance and Criminal Intelligence Office, General Oleksiy Pukach, was arrested in Zhytomyr region on July 21, 2009. He had been on a wanted list for almost six years. After the arrest, he admitted complicity in murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze.

According to the investigators, Pukach had organized Gongadze’s shadowing, he led a group of police officers who hijacked the journalist and he throttled Gongadze with his own hands.

Journalist Georgiy Gongadze went missing on September 16, 2000. Later, a headless body was found in Tarashcha woods nearby Kyiv. According to experts, the body was journalist’s. In 2006, judicial proceedings against three former employees of the Interior Ministry started, namely against Mykola Protasov, Oleksandr Popovych and Valeriy Kostenko. They were brought an accusation against kidnapping and murder of the journalist.

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Patriarch Kirill urges Kyiv, Moscow to strengthen economic ties during financial crisis

Posted by the Editor on July 31, 2009


News / 31 July 2009 | 12:19

Patriarch Kirill urges Kyiv, Moscow to strengthen economic ties during financial crisis

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill has called on Russia and Ukraine to strengthen solidarity and cooperation in economic relations, Kyiv Post reported.

“We should associate with each other and support each other, in particular during the economic crisis. I believe that hand in hand, like brothers, we will be able to overcome these economic hardships,” the patriarch said while addressing the miners at the village of Horlivka, Donetsk region.

Standing on the sacred land of Donbas, we cannot ignore the issue of relations between Russia and Ukraine as this is a common space of the Holy Rus, as well as Belarus and many other states, the patriarch said.

“We are a single people who originated from a single baptistery in Kyiv. We have different languages, customs and temperaments, but we are guided by common values in our life. And this means the spiritual unity,” the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said.

The Church has a duty to promote “a union of all brotherly nations,” the patriarch said.

“The Church will do everything to develop spiritual and other relations, including economic and cultural cooperation in the sphere of education and science. Unity is good, and division is s sin and is bad for people,” Patriarch Kirill said.

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PGO finds all fragments of skull that may belong to journalist Gongadze

Posted by the Editor on July 31, 2009


News / 31 July 2009 | 11:02

PGO finds all fragments of skull that may belong to journalist Gongadze

PGO finds all fragments of skull that may belong to journalist Gongadze

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has found all the fragments of the skull which may belong to journalist Georgy Gongadze, PGO’s spokesman Yuriy Boichenko has said, ForUm informs, referring to Interfax-Ukraine.

“Forensic experts have started examining Gongadze’s skull fragments and the new fragments will be added to the materials the experts already have,” he said on Channel 5.

At the same time, Boichenko said that foreign experts might be involved into the DNA analysis of the skull fragments. However, the court will recognize the results of the examination conducted by Ukrainian experts, the spokesman added.

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