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Analysts challenge the existence of political future for the “line-crossers” from Chernovetsky Bloc fraction

Posted by the Editor on April 30, 2011


News / 30 April 2011 | 12:31

Analysts challenge the existence of political future for the “line-crossers” from Chernovetsky Bloc fraction

    On April 28 global rotations took place in the Kyiv City Council. 17 out of 43 deputies of the Bloc of Leonid Chernovetsky fraction (BLCh) in Kyiv City Council announced that they left the fraction and submitted respective applications. There were ordinary deputies-statists among them as well as Chernovetsky’s team-mates very well known to the public by their loud statements and proactive public work. In whole the list of those who left the Chernovetky Bloc fraction is as follows: Vitaly Zhuravsky who announced that he joined the Regions Party fraction, Yury Bychuk, Pavel Hrechkovsky, and Vitalina Shlapak who declared themselves independent deputies, as well as Serghey Berezenko, Oleksandr Drapiy, Oleksiy Zasenko, Oleh Kachkan, Ihor Kononenko, Myron Kurylych, Mykola Lambutsky, Zoya Myronova, Maxim Savrasov, Alla Semeniuk, Olha Slavnaya, Alla Shlapak and Mykhaylo Yakovchuk.

    One could say there was a mixed response of the public to such actions of the deputies. Surely, many voters who supported BLCh in elections are now puzzled by such actions of the deputies. The analysts are even more determined. They are confident that by taking such actions the “line-crossers” had just given up on their further political careers.

    “It is necessary to thoroughly analyze the results of previous elections to be able to make forecasts for future electoral campaign”, says Serghey Kuzmenko, director of the Center All Ukrainian Sociological Union. According to his words, phenomenal results of all the previous elections were de facto ensured by the current leadership of the BLCh, which is now left by deputies. “Let’s think, for instance, of ideological leader of the Bloc Vyacheslav Suprunenko. In 2002 he ran for elections in the 73rd electoral district. His main rivals were Vyacheslav Budenko, a serving deputy at that time, who enjoyed a significant support on the part of the then city authorities, and Yaroslav Kondratiev, chancellor of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs supported by Leonid Kuchma who was  a head of state back then. Vyacheslav Suprunenko won those elections, more than 4 thousand voters casted their votes for him, while his competitors hardly got 2 thousand votes each”, Serghey Kuzmenko recalls. The sociologist is confident that coherent actions of the leaders of the Bloc resulted in obtaining a firm second position in 2006 elections for the first time based on a proportional election system. Be reminded that nearly 13% of Kyiv residents supported Chernovetsky which allowed him to take 21st position in the Kyiv City Council.

    Serghey Kuzmenko recalls the most scandalous electoral campaign – 2008 snap elections to the City Council initiated by opponents of the BLCh. However, far-reaching promotion campaign and many events of the so called smear campaign failed to satisfy their aspirations. The opponents not only failed to discredit members of the Chernovetsky Bloc but also couldn’t show any worthy results of the support by Kyiv residents of their own parties. The BLCh won the elections leaving its rivals far behind including the initiators of those elections. Thus, the team of Chernovetsky outran its main rival – the Bloc of Yulia Timoshenko by one third of votes (350.7 thousand votes versus 262. thousand votes). As a result the number of deputies from the BLCh in Kyiv City Council has increased from 21 to 43. But for Yulia Timoshenko the victory of Suprunenko and Co over her appointees became a beginning of the end – so called “Stalingrad for Timoshenko”.

    ęThe results shown by Vyacheslav Suprunenko and his team become more and more consistent in every campaign. This means that the team of Chernovetsky Bloc is able to produce results for elections. Accordingly it will be much easier for Suprunenko (not even taking into consideration all his possibilities as a son-in-law of the official Kyiv mayor Leonid Chernovetsky) to find a new financing for any election campaign since investors have already been aware of his previous outcomes and are ready to allocate resources into a guaranteed success”, underlines Serghey Kuzmenko. He also emphasized that achievements of this team in past success are not equal. He refers to the past presidential elections. “It is a well-known that in Kyiv region Viktor Yanukovych was actively supported by the same team of representatives of the Chernovetsky Bloc which earlier was engaged in the electoral campaigns of the Bloc itself in Kyiv City Council. Viktor Sivets assisted by Alla Shlapak was responsible for the first ballot of presidential elections in the capital. Their work resulted in the growth of constituency of Yanukovych in Kyiv by 1.28% compared to the first ballot of 2004 elections. Vyacheslav Suprunenko joined that team at the second ballot which had an immediate impact on the results:” +8.21%” compared to the second ballot of 2004 elections. It was interesting that similar index in Donetsk region amounted to “-3.1%”, and all over Ukraine to “+4.75%”. Finally if we compare the results of the second and first ballots in Kyiv we’ll see that generally the growth of Yanukovych supporters was 9.81%”, quotes the data Mr. Kuzmenko.   

    Thus the deputies who left the Bloc of Leonid Chernovetsky fraction at the end of April have taken a very reckless step in terms of further prospects, believes the sociologist. “They had good chances to continue their political careers in Kyiv City Council given that there was a strong team experienced in working for elections. Having left the faction they lost this chance. Knowing voters’ attitude towards such “line-crossers” one could predict that any other party is unlikely to take them under its wing during next elections. De facto the majority of these people have already committed a political suicide. Their motivation for such actions remains a mystery”, noted Serghey Kuzmenko.

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Analytical research group recommends price corridor for fuel

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2011


News / 29 April 2011 | 17:48

Analytical research group recommends price corridor for fuel

Analytical research group recommends price corridor for fuel

April 29, 2011 the Expert-analytical group for issues on the functioning of the oil and petrochemicals market and refining industry attached to the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry recommended for traders to comply with the new oil price band – not more than 10.0 UAH per liter of petrol A-95 and 9.6 UAH per liter of diesel, Cabinet’s press office reported.

The Chairman of the meeting the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko called on traders to be responsive to the recommendations of EAG, stressing that the Government has fulfilled his promise and reduced the excise duty on petroleum products.

Participants agreed that the next meeting of the Expert-analytical group on the functioning of the oil and petrochemicals market and refining industry to be hold in mid-May 2011.

As earlier said Yuriy Boyko, the situation on the oil market requires from all participants opportunities to fuel pricing.

“We are watching for price situation on oil markets. Today, world’s countries take measures to stabilize fuel prices and to prevent unfair competition in the market. There are challenging times in the country, when one can not use the situation of global growth in oil prices to make enormous profits, taking advantage of Ukrainian citizens,” said the Minister.

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Tymoshenko demands that Yanukovych drop the charges against Lutsenko

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2011


News / 29 April 2011 | 16:10

Tymoshenko demands that Yanukovych drop the charges against Lutsenko

Tymoshenko demands that Yanukovych drop the charges against Lutsenko

Yulia Tymoshenko has appealed to the Commissioner on Human Rights, Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and the UN Human Rights Committee asking them to take actions to prevent Yuriy Lutsenko’s health from being harmed, Tymoshenko’s official website reported.

According to Yulia Tymoshenko, Yuriy Lutsenko is on day eight of a hunger strike in protest against his unjustified and unlawful detention, which threatens his life.

“Yuriy Lutsenko’s hunger strike is an extreme measure, but one that is quite understandable. The entire arsenal of tools to protect human rights that exists in civilized countries has been nullified in Ukraine under Yanukovych’s rule,” she emphasized.

Yulia Tymoshenko said that Lutsenko continues to be held in custody without reason.

“Yanukovych’s government is applying selective justice and abusing the criminal justice system. This violates the European Convention on Human Rights and the right to a fair trial, which contradicts Ukraine’s international obligations on the principles of rule of law. I am in solidarity with Yuriy Lutsenko and demand that Viktor Yanukovych, in whose office court verdicts and decisions in all criminal cases against the opposition are made, close at once this politically motivated case against Lutsenko and release him,” said Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Expert says Ukraine may depreciate hryvnia

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2011


News / 29 April 2011 | 14:26

Expert says Ukraine may depreciate hryvnia

Expert says Ukraine may depreciate hryvnia

Ukraine will soon have to devalue the hryvnia. This opinion was expressed by the director of the Institute of Economics and Forecasting, Valery Heyets, UKRINFORM reported.

According to him, one of the key prerequisites for this step is the loss of price advantages of domestic exporters in international markets.

The scientist projects that if the 2011 inflation exceeds 10%, the competitiveness of the economy could “go down to zero and even be negative”.

The devaluation of the hryvnia, Heyets says, is also triggered by hard currency wars that erupted in the world when some countries deliberately weaken their national currencies to make their economies more competitive.

As the expert noted, additional prerequisites for the devaluation come from the current revitalization of consumer imports, which is heated by the active lending to households.

Ultimately, this could lead to a repetition of the scenario in 2008, the expert predicts.

Earlier, executive director at the Bleyzer Foundation Oleh Ustenko said that hryvnia could collapse that will cause a new wave of crisis, if engagement with the IMF is not officially continued.

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Ukraine, Azerbaijan begin consultations on supplying liquified gas to Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2011


News / 29 April 2011 | 12:40

Ukraine, Azerbaijan begin consultations on supplying liquified gas to Ukraine

Ukraine, Azerbaijan begin consultations on supplying liquified gas to Ukraine

Ukraine and Azerbaijan begin consultations on supplying liquefied gas to Ukraine, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan has informed today at a joint press conference with President Viktor Yanukovych, reminding that the relevant agreements had been signed between Ukraine and Azerbaijan in January this year in Davos (the Memorandum of Cooperation on Supplying Liquefied Gas to Ukraine).

“We now begin serious consultations on this issue,” Ilham Aliyev said adding that a number of technical, commercial and legal issues have to be solved for realization of this project. 

According to Ilham Aliyev, there are consultations being held currently on the level of ministries and companies of the two countries. “I think these consultations will yield concrete proposals and feasibility studies,” he said, adding that the feasibility studies should already reflect the volumes of liquefied gas to be supplied, issues connected to its transportation, etc. 

“We believe this project is promising, and will be taking active part in the processes of its implementation,” Ilham Aliyev said. 

The Azerbaijani President called energy sector an important component of cooperation between the two countries. “Everything is well in that area,” he said, reminding that last year, 1,5 million tons of Azerbaijani oil was transported to Ukraine. 

“This project is new and it is a result of active and effective cooperation between our countries,” Ilham Aliyev said.

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President: Ukraine and Azerbaijan have agreed on joint implementation of investment projects

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2011


News / 29 April 2011 | 11:00

President: Ukraine and Azerbaijan have agreed on joint implementation of investment projects

President: Ukraine and Azerbaijan have agreed on joint implementation of investment projects

Ukraine and Azerbaijan have agreed on joint 50/50 implementation of investment projects, President Viktor Yanukovych said at a press conference with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan

“We plan to jointly implement these projects jointly. This means that it does not matter whose territory they will be realized. It will be the common property of our countries,” Viktor Yanukovych said, adding that it is about ” the highest level of confidence.” 

According to the President, the effectiveness of such joint projects will increase if the parties would work on their initial design, and then, on their practical implementation jointly. 

President Yanukovych noted that today, Ukraine and Azerbaijan are discussing a number of projects related to scientific research, joint technological solutions, use of scientific and research base of both countries, etc. 

“This is what we will be doing in the near future,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed. 

Speaking of the already being realized joint investment projects, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan for his part said: “I am convinced that soon their number would grow.”

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Yanukovych: Ukraine interested in extending Odesa-Brody pipeline to Baltic Sea

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2011


News / 28 April 2011 | 17:52

Yanukovych: Ukraine interested in extending Odesa-Brody pipeline to Baltic Sea

Yanukovych: Ukraine interested in extending Odesa-Brody pipeline to Baltic Sea

Speaking at his joint press conference with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, President Viktor Yanukovych said that the fact that the Odesa-Brody pipeline has finally started working effectively proves effective development of partnership between Ukraine and Azerbaijan. 

“The Odesa-Brody pipeline has finally started working. We certainly lack its extension to the Baltic Sea, and we should probably think about how to solve this problem soon. We have discussed that with Ilham Aliyev. We will work hard to make this pipeline reach the Baltic Sea,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

He said that both Ukraine and Azerbaijan are well aware that they should realize the opportunities they have. 

The President drew particular attention to the growth of the economy of Azerbaijan. According to him, “is a good example for us of how the system of government can work effectively under the condition of suffering no sudden change in the domestic or foreign policy. Stability is the foundation of state development.” 

Viktor Yanukovych said that during today’s talks the sides have discussed almost the entire range of bilateral relations between Ukraine and Azerbaijan. “We have discussed the mechanism for realizing our common plans,” he said. 

The President expressed confidence that our countries continue to develop their friendly relations successfully. “We would be mistaken not setting the objective to raise the level of the economy having such an enormous potential today,” he said.

For its part, the Azerbaijani President said: “I am pleased that the visit is very successful.”

According to Ilham Aliyev, today’s talks have demonstrated again the closeness of our countries and peoples. “Today, the friendly relations between Ukraine and Azerbaijan are at a new stage of development. They are marked by dynamism and mutual desire to develop our relations in all directions ,” he said, drawing particular attention to the active political dialogue between both countries. 

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President: Ukraine and Azerbaijan have much potential to develop their relations

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2011


News / 28 April 2011 | 16:19

President: Ukraine and Azerbaijan have much potential to develop their relations

President: Ukraine and Azerbaijan have much potential to develop their relations

President Viktor Yanukovych is sure that the development of relations between Ukraine and Azerbaijan is a good example of reliable partnership between two countries, he said today at the beginning of the third meeting of the Council of Presidents of Ukraine and Azerbaijan. 

He noted that Ukraine and Azerbaijan have long been strategic partners. “This is a good example of how two very close countries should build up their relations,” Viktor Yanukovych said, presidential press office reported. 

In this regard the President noted the effective work of the Joint Ukrainian-Azerbaijani Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation and all its subcommittees. 

The President said an evidence of its productive work last year has been the growth of trade turnover between Ukraine and Azerbaijan. 

“But this is not the limit. I am sure that our capabilities are much greater,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

He also praised the fact that today Ukraine has become Azerbaijan’s second trade partner after Russia. 

For his part, the President of Azerbaijan expressed his belief that the current visit of his Ukrainian counterpart will be successful. 

“I am sure the visit will be successful. There will be good results. We will be moving forward actively,” Ilham Aliyev said. 

He noted that main directions of cooperation between Ukraine and Azerbaijan have already been defined and are being elaborated. In this context, Ilham Aliyev agreed with Viktor Yanukovych praising the effective work of the Joint Ukrainian-Azerbaijani Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation. 

He also highlighted the development of political dialogue between the countries. “At the meeting of the Council of Presidents we will discuss our agenda. It is rich, detailed and concrete,” the President of Azerbaijan said. 

“I am confident after the meeting of the Presidents we will define further steps in our relations, which we appreciate so much. We believe that their further development will also facilitate broader interregional cooperation,” Ilham Aliyev said.

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