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Ten Hasidic pilgrims guilty of disorderly conduct in Uman deported from Ukraine to Israel

Posted by the Editor on September 13, 2010


News / 13 September 2010 | 17:49

Ten Hasidic pilgrims guilty of disorderly conduct in Uman deported from Ukraine to Israel

Ten Hasidic pilgrims guilty of disorderly conduct in Uman deported from Ukraine to Israel

Ukraine has deported to Israel ten Hasidic pilgrims, who attempted to disrupt public order in Uman, Cherkasy region, and who were suspected of causing bodily harm to local residents, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

The pilgrims have been banned from Ukraine for five years, the media liaisons department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s main office in Cherkasy region reported.

The deputy head of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s main office in Cherkasy region, Ivan Korsun, said that pre-investigation checks were being conducted with respect to three more Hasidic pilgrims.

Korsun also noted that two conflicts had erupted during the Hasidic pilgrims’ visits to Uman. One of the injured residents is already at home, while the other is still in hospital.

Clashes between the residents of Uman and the pilgrims broke out on September 10. In particular, a conflict erupted near a local children’s hospital between activists of the first Jewish Evangelical Church, who arrived from Odesa to preach their faith in “true God,” and the Hasidim. The activists of the Jewish Evangelical Church distributed leaflets and T-shirts with the slogans of the unity of the Jews in a common faith, and they said they were not planning to create a conflict situation. The Hasidic pilgrims objected to the rally, and a conflict broke out. The participants of the rally were obliged to return to Odesa.

The second case was connected with a reaction to a remark by a woman from Uman, who had leased her apartment to the Hasidim for the period of the pilgrimage, but due to noise said she would call the police. A man from the neighboring apartment came out and phoned the police.

“The Hasidim… started beating the man, chasing him onto the street. A passer-by came to his defense and suffered several blows,” the department said.

The two injured men were hospitalized in a local city hospital.

Every autumn, Hasidic pilgrims travel to Uman to visit the gravesite of their spiritual leader Rebbe Nahman and celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

According to the police, around 24,000 Hasidic pilgrims from 23 countries arrived in Uman this year.

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Azarov belives after two years of political stability opposition will disappear

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News / 13 September 2010 | 16:26

Azarov belives after two years of political stability opposition will disappear

Azarov belives after two years of political stability opposition will disappear

Mykola Azarov is convinced that after two years of political stability, the opposition in its current form will disappear.

“If political stability in Ukraine stands for two years, the current opposition would stop existing,” the Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said during the VI Ukrainian Municipal Forum held on Friday, September 10, in Yalta (Crimea), Cabinet’s press office reported.

“Maybe we inaptly organize the information policy – he said – and people do not understand us, but we do the things required.”

The Head of the Government pointed out that the opposition has “awakened” and its mission is to destabilize the political situation in the country.

“But we will not let anyone to throw a monkey wrench into, we will break it and go further,” Azarov emphasized.

As an example, the Prime Minister cited the opinion expressed by him in 2007, after the dispersal of parliament, by the president at that time. “I made the mistake – Mykola Azarov recalled the words of Victor Yushchenko. – If you (the Government of Viktor Yanukovych at that time- Ed.) stay in power for two years I will have nothing to do on the presidential elections!”

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President: October 31 election must be in line with international standards

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News / 13 September 2010 | 14:44

President: October 31 election must be in line with international standards

President: October 31 election must be in line with international standards

“Worthy election on October 31 is a matter of honor for us,” said President Viktor Yanukovych at the field meeting of the Council of Regions in Bucha, Kyiv region, presidential press office reported.

The President stressed that questions of legality, openness and transparency of the election to local councils are his top priority, adding that as President, he has committed himself to ensuring the irreversibility of democratic transformations in our country.

On the eve of the election, Viktor Yanukovych stressed some fundamental conditions that would allow holding it in line with international standards.

In particular, President Yanukovych requested chairmen of law enforcement authorities to ensure law and order during the election campaign, on the election day and during counting the votes. He stressed that he expects immediate response to any violation of the electoral legislation or restriction of rights and freedoms of voters, and demands unconditional protection of citizens’ right to assert their rights in court.

Viktor Yanukovych warned state officials from the temptation and attempts to use any kind of administrative pressure. “Be fair”, he asked.

The President stressed that he demands all officers and employees of central and local governments to refrain from interfering in the work of election commissions and obey the law.

“All deputy and mayor candidates must have equal rights, including for the election campaign,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed.

He instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to fully finance expenditures related to elections. The President stressed that if there is a need to adopt some legislation, the Prime Minister must immediately organize the work and take personal supervision over allocation of funds. “You are the person responsible,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

Chairmen of Local Administrations, according to President’s assignment, must help electoral commissions in realizing their authority. The President reminded regional governors of their direct responsibility for providing commission members with premises, transportation and communication.

In his speech, President Yanukovych separately addressed political parties participating in the election. “I demand that all the participants of the race refrained from politicizing the election process,” Viktor Yanukovych said, adding that the matter especially concerns the work of election commissions, which must perform their duties on organization and holding the election clearly and consistently. The President stressed that he will ask and urge political parties to ensure implementation of the duties of commission members elected on the quota basis. He also pointed to obligatory attendance of all meetings of commissions by their members and need to be active during the decision making.

Addressing the audience, Viktor Yanukovych has asked them to make comments or suggestions to the draft decree and instructions of the President of Ukraine on preparation and holding the election.

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Coalition will no longer be replenished – Speaker

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News / 13 September 2010 | 12:50

Coalition will no longer be replenished - Speaker

Coalition will no longer be replenished – Speaker

Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn does not see any reason to change the alignment of political forces in parliament. He said this in an interview with GlavRed, UKRINFORM reported.

“No one will leave the coalition, as well as there will be no significant influx of opposition to the power. Most sides have already been taken, and it will be possible to talk about maybe some minor movements,” Lytvyn says.

The Speaker also assured that he is interested in a stable operation of the parliament. “I’m like no one else is interested in stabilizing the situation, and of purely pragmatic thinking is not interested in the coalition having a constitutional majority,” the Speaker said. According to him, it would not allow the majority to take “complex solutions in a simple way.”

“Such decisions should be taken responsibly, and not with a wave of a hand. Because they will be of a great importance for Ukraine, and I want them to be positive or mostly positive,” Lytvyn said.

The coalition now has about 260 members.

Volodymyr Lytvyn also expressed confidence that amendments to the Constitution should be made through parliament, rather than a referendum. However, if it comes to rewriting the Basic Law, the Speaker admits a referendum. “When it comes to a total reinvention of the Basic Law, of course, a referendum can not be avoided,” Lytvyn said, adding “In the end the product, which the society will receive, will be made by Verkhovna Rada.”

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President demands automatic VAT refunds to honest taxpayers

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News / 13 September 2010 | 11:03

President demands automatic VAT refunds to honest taxpayers

President demands automatic VAT refunds to honest taxpayers

The state must introduce automatic VAT refunds to honest taxpayers, President Viktor Yanukovych said at today’s field meeting of the Council of Regions in Bucha, Kyiv region.

“Conscientious taxpayers should receive it automatically. Stop playing games. Why do I hear only twaddle so far? VAT must be refunded to honest taxpayers where we know there are no problems. And where there are problems – please investigate. We must not make gifts to anyone,” Viktor Yanukovych said, referring to Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and State Tax Administration Chairman Oleksandr Papaika.

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