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Police detained five accomplices of Odesa killers

Posted by the Editor on October 3, 2011


News / 3 October 2011 | 18:11

Police detained five accomplices of Odesa killers

Police detained five accomplices of Odesa killers

Police has detained five members of the criminal group, involved into shoot-out in Odesa, Interior Ministry official Anatoly Lazarev told a press conference, ForUm’s correspondent reports.

According to him, police recovered stockpile of weapon, gold and USD 54 thousand. The detainees are under investigation on involvement into other crimes.

The official announced that police is still searching for the third accomplice of the murder of policemen in the shoot-out near Odesa. Lazarev identified the criminal as Andriy Shemiatenko, 34, native of Crimea. He underlined that the killer is armed and dangerous.

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Yanukovych: Ukraine actively fights xenophobia and chauvinism

Posted by the Editor on October 3, 2011


News / 3 October 2011 | 17:44

Yanukovych: Ukraine actively fights xenophobia and chauvinism

Yanukovych: Ukraine actively fights xenophobia and chauvinism

President Viktor Yanukovych held a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Israel Avigdor Lieberman.

 “Today the peoples of Ukraine and Israel pay tribute to the tragic day of common history – the Babi Yar tragedy that claimed lives of thousands of people,” the President said, ForUm learned fom the presidential press office.

 “The representatives of many nationalities and believers’ communities are living peacefully in Ukraine today,” Viktor Yanukovych said. According to the President, modern Ukraine is actively working on the prevention of xenophobia, chauvinism and intolerance to other peoples.

 “Humanity makes conclusions from the Babi Yar tragedy and the martyrdom of thousands of people remains in the memory,” The President said.

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Yanukovych angry with the government for lack of discipline

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News / 3 October 2011 | 17:10

Yanukovych angry with the government for lack of discipline

Yanukovych angry with the government for lack of discipline

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych charged PM Mykola Azarov with working out a proposition regarding bringing to disciplinary liability those members of the government who ignore the government question Hour in the parliament.

“Please, consider this question of discipline in the government, and put on the list those, who were not present at the government question Hour without valid excuse. I don’t want to see this any more,” Yanukovych said at a session of the economic reform committee, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

The president pointed out he was surprised to read information about speaker’s criticisms of the government because of the absence of its members at the Rada session on Friday.

Yanukovych informed he had a talk with PM on this issue, and Azarov told the president that some members of the Cabinet had lost the sense of responsibility.

Yanukovych demanded the government to consider this issue at the next session of the government and underlined that this situation never repeats.

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Council of Europe satisfied with presidency of Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on October 3, 2011


News / 3 October 2011 | 16:40

Council of Europe satisfied with presidency of Ukraine

Council of Europe satisfied with presidency of Ukraine

Council of Europe Secretary General is Thorbjørn Jagland highly estimated the preliminary results of Ukraine’s presidency in the Committee of ministers of the Council of Europe. In particular, during the meeting with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchneko, he pointed out Ukraine’s contribution into the carrying out of reforms of the Council of Europe, ForUm learned from the press office of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s FM informed Jagland about the course of Ukraine’s presidency, noting that our country is expecting positive results regarding the events planned for October-November.

During the meeting the officials also discussed cooperation of the Council of Europe with newborn democracies of Arab world, as well as some aspects of neighboring policy between the Council and key countries of Middle Asia.

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Animal rights activists send open letter to President Yanukovych

Posted by the Editor on October 3, 2011


News / 3 October 2011 | 16:14

Animal rights activists send open letter to President Yanukovych

Animal rights activists send open letter to President Yanukovych

Ukrainian animal welfare advocates have appealed to President Viktor Yanukovych with a letter on the occasion of World Animal Day expressing concern over the continuing occurrence of animal cruelty.

According to them, the law on the prevention of cruelty to animals adopted in Ukraine has not changed the situation for the better.

The local authorities continue to harass and destroy stray dogs and cats, the letter said, UKRINFORM reported.

“This information is distributed throughout the world. In the 21st century, this cruel, brutal treatment of animals, which is described in history books since the Middle Ages, can not take place. The methods that are applied to animals in Ukraine are not only rude, they are ineffective in solving the problem of stray animals. Spent taxpayers’ money does not bring the desired result,” reads the letter.

Despite the fact that Ukraine is a member of the Council of Europe and currently holds the Organization’s presidency, and in July it signed the European Convention for the Protection of Animals, the country does not comply with the Convention, and ignores the demands of its national legislation, the authors of the letter stress.

The activists also focused on the conditions of animals at the Kyiv Zoo. “They are so bad that the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) deprived this zoo of membership in the Organization. The Kyiv Zoo is declared as one of the worst zoos in the world,” they noted.

“Ukraine is a member of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), but here it also ignores the standards of this organization for the protection of animals,” complain animal rights activists and ask President Yanukovych to take measures to put an end to animal cruelty.

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Lytyvn urges government not to step on the parliament

Posted by the Editor on October 3, 2011


News / 3 October 2011 | 15:40

Lytyvn urges government not to step on the parliament

Lytyvn urges government not to step on the parliament

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Lytvyn called on the government for a constructive cooperation with the parliament.

Explaining his standpoint, Lytvyn claimed that the Cabinet of Ministers “no longer contends with the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.” He reminded that only three ministers had attended the government question Hour on Friday.  “Some of them even failed to delegate a deputy minister, having commissioned their representatives. That will not do, either we work or not,” the speaker stressed.

He also stated that the government is underrepresented at the sittings of the parliamentary committees.  Lytvyn emphasized that the parliament always try to consider the governmental bills first of all, and the government in its turn does not show any respect.

“Let us speak about consideration of the governmental bills in the first reading after the government question Hour on Friday. If there is a normal dialogue, we will consider them. Otherwise, we will follow our agenda. The Verkhovna Rada has never been stepped on. The law must be observed,” he stressed.

In response to accusations, the first deputy Prime Minister Andrii Kliuev declared that “the government and all members of the Cabinet of Ministers treat all deputies and leaders of the Verkhovna Rada with deep respect.” “Therefore, all members of the Cabinet of Ministers, except of those sent on a mission, will attend the government question Hour on Friday,” he assured. He explained that last Friday many members of the government, including himself and deputy PM Serhiy Tihipko, were on a mission. “We believe that such situation will not happen again,” he stated.

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Verkhovna Rada to consider 15 draft bills on parliamentary elections

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News / 3 October 2011 | 15:02

Verkhovna Rada to consider 15 draft bills on parliamentary elections

Verkhovna Rada to consider 15 draft bills on parliamentary elections

Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Volodymyr Lytvyn forecasts that the draft bills on elections from the opposition will not find support among the majority, and that the presidential draft bill on elections will be considered after official conclusions of the Venice Commission.

“15 draft bills on elections have been registered at the parliament so far. They include two electoral codes, two integral laws, and the bills on amendments to the law on elections of the People’s Deputies of Ukraine,” Lytvyn said at a briefing after a meeting of conciliatory board, ForUm’s correspondnet reports.

The speaker noted that according to the regulations, the registered draft bills will be considered first; then goes the draft bill developed by the working group. “Today we will not consider the presidential draft bill on elections,” Lytvyn said.

Speaking about the presidential draft bill the speaker said he would prefer such documents to be presented by MPs in order not to involve the president into parliamentary infighting. “You know that the president will insist on transparent consideration. You also know that none of the submitted draft bills on elections will ever get support of all deputies. Hence, the president will find himself involved into parliamentary internal squabbles,” Lytvyn said.

He also noted that elections in Ukraine are more than just elections, and the results will be closely observed by the European community. “We have preliminary comments of the Venice Commission, and some of them contradict the Constitution of Ukraine. You understand that nobody is going to change Constitution for elections. Moreover, there cannot be any time frame for consideration of election legislation. We should follow the principle ‘make haste slowly’. But this law must be adopted this year, to make the rules of the game clear for everyone,” Lytvyn explained.

In response to the question on draft bills from the opposition, the speaker said that these draft bills will hardly find support. “The oppositional draft bills on elections will be also considered, but I doubt that any of them will be adopted as basis,” Lytvyn said in a comment.

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CEC presents ‘State Register of Voters’

Posted by the Editor on October 3, 2011


News / 3 October 2011 | 14:37

CEC presents 'State Register of Voters'

CEC presents ‘State Register of Voters’

Monday, September 3 the Central Election Commission (CEC) has presented the automated information-telecommunications system “State Register of Voters” on the occasion of the second anniversary of its entry into service, ForUm correspondent reports.

In particular, CEC deputy chief Zhanna Usenko-Chorna noted that the Central Election Commission has successfully implemented all the measures necessary for the introduction in Ukraine of the unprecedented in terms of scale and complexity State Register of Voters, designed to protect our citizens from election fraud.

The official also added that the results of the work on the State Register of Voters deserve to be included into the Guinness record book of Ukraine.
 
The head of the managing service of the State register Artur Vitrenko informed that the data of the Register had been used for the presidential election of 2010, for parliamentary election in Crimea, and for elections into local self-governments around Ukraine.

 
In turn, the deputy chairman of the Register Administration Service, Oleksandr Stelmakh, added that representatives of political parties are eligible to receive a copy of the database of the State Register of Voters for the purpose of control. Thus, according to him, in 2009, electronic copies of the databases were given to 8 presidential runners and 5 parties. During the 2010 local elections, only one party expressed a desire to obtain such a database, and in the first 9 months of 2011 – none. According to Stelmakh, this indicates that policy makers are convinced of the impossibility of influencing the State Register of Voters.

Stelmakh also voiced a number of interesting facts. In particular, the majority of men-voters are named Oleksandr, Volodymyr and Serhy, and women-voters are Tetiana, Maria and Elena. The number of women-voters is 10% more than men.

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