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Tymoshenko overtakes Yanukovych in popularity

Posted by the Editor on January 3, 2012


I’ve rather loosely translated an article from the Russian ‘Nezavisimaya Gazeta’ from a few days ago.

Tymoshenko overtakes Yanukovych in popularity -The Ukrainian president’s team is losing ground even in his native Donbass

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is for the first time ahead of Yanukovych in rankings of popular sympathy. This, according to the Razumkov Centre, was one of the main political conclusions of 2011. The second, equally important O.P. result is the extremely high level of frustration, discontent and anxiety in the community which could lead to revolutionary scenario springing up in 2012 parliamentary elections.

Since the last presidential elections in 2010, Yanukovych has been ahead of Tymoshenko in all O.P.s. This has been attributed by experts to regional characteristics: the most stable electorate supporting the head of state lives in the densely populated industrial areas of eastern Ukraine. The opposition leader is most consistently supported the western regions which are more thinly populated. But right now the picture is becoming muddled. Many residents of the Donbass region, which had expected economic improvements with the appointment of their man as president, have instead experience the hardships of economic reform. As a result thy have become disillusioned with his political force.

Sympathy for the imprisoned Tymoshenko is increasing. There may be no increase in the number who trust Tymoshenko, but the perception that she has been maltreated is harming the authorities’ ratings, says one expert.

How the situation has changed is revealed by the results of a public opinion poll conducted by the Razumkov Center. If presidential elections were held now, 16.3% would vote for Tymoshenko, 13.3% for Yanukovych. Third would be Arseniy Yatseniuk – 10.7%.

Sociologists note that significantly, 10.7% of Ukrainians would vote against all candidates, 11.9% would not take part in the elections, and14.7% were undecided. They interpret these figures thus: over 37% of citizens are waiting for a new leader and are possibly even ready to participate in the revolutionary scenarios. As a footnote, according to the Razumkov Center, over 67% of Ukrainians believe that events in the country are developing in the wrong direction.

Another pre-Christmas survey, by Centre Research & Branding Group, showed that 72% of citizens considered the outgoing year was difficult. Only a third of Ukrainians will celebrate the New Year in a festive mood with hopes for better to come. Another 42% suffer from anxiety and worry about the future.

Politologist Serhiy Taran says that the parliamentary election campaign, which will, in reality begin in the Spring, could be a catalyst for turmoil. “People do not take to the streets when they realize that it is not possible to change things any time soon. But during election campaigns there exists a mood of possible changes in society.” He added though, that most politically aware Ukrainians do not not see enough leaders worthy of trust.

Director of the ‘Penta’ Center for Applied Policy Research, Volodymyr Fesenko says that the year-end rating of the party in power has declined, and this has slightly improved the situation for the opposition. But what is significant is the steep increase in the level of social tension.

At the same time Fesenko doubts that in the absence of new leaders will cause the situation to escalate to revolutionary events. Experts point out a paradox: Yanukovych’s team, by trying to neutralize their main political rival are doing everything to increase Tymoshenko’s rating. The authorities, although they are most fearful of national disturbances, are themselves provoking the growth of such sentiments in society.

LEvko’s view is that you have to be pretty dumb to lock away your biggest political opponent when there is a realistic possibility her political force and its allies could secure a majority in parliamentary elections in less than a year’s time. This should be most obvious bearing in mind how close Tymoshenko ran Yanukovych in the last presidential elections and how great a portion of the electorate would never vote for Yanukovych or his allies.

The current administration are lucky that Arseniy Yatsenyuk and other opposition leaders are men of moderation…for now. But the chance of grasping power, and events that inevitably happen, change men…

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Mykolayiv plant makes armored transport vehicles for Iraq

Posted by the Editor on January 3, 2012


News / 3 January 2012 | 17:42

Mykolayiv plant makes armored transport vehicles for Iraq

Mykolayiv plant makes armored transport vehicles for Iraq

State enterprise Mykolayiv Mechanical Engineering Plant (Mykolayiv, Ukraine’s south) made and handed over to the customer, the Armed Forces of Iraq, nine armored transport vehicles BTR-80 UP, director of the enterprise Oleksandr Shvets has said, according to UKRINFORM.

“The Polish company is a subcontractor in this order. This contract has been frozen for over five years and in the second half of the year we managed to start its fulfillment. Works were resumed due to the fact that we convinced the customer to make an advance payment for the enterprise,” Shvets said.

In October 2011, the plant has handed over five BTR-80 UP to the Iraqi customer.

Currently, a new development of the plant, the armored transport vehicle Svitiaz, is being prepared for the Ukrainian Army.

In addition, BTR-7, developed and made at the plant, has successfully passed tests at the United Arab Emirates, having passed 3,000 kilometers without going out of order in the desert. This is the main part of a tender on the purchase of weaponry for the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates. A winner will receive a contract for supply of 600 battle machines. The Mykolayiv enterprise remains to be the main claimant as regards this contract.

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Penal colony chief: Tymoshenko is under 24 hour video surveillance

Posted by the Editor on January 3, 2012


News / 3 January 2012 | 17:20

Penal colony chief: Tymoshenko is under 24 hour video surveillance

Penal colony chief: Tymoshenko is under 24 hour video surveillance

Head of the Kharkiv penal colony, where Yulia Tymoshenko is kept, Ivan Pervushkin confirmed that the former PM is under video surveillance.

“Video surveillance is not prohibited by the law. To conduct proper video surveillance the cells must be lighted up well enough. We have ore than 80 cells in the colony. And we are responsible for security of all detainees,” Pervushkin told journalists in response to the question on video surveillance and constant light in the cell of Yulia Tymoshenko.

Pervushkin also informed that Tymoshenko is kept in a cell with another woman, also convicted for economic crimes. Tymoshenko is not involved into colony works, as her current status is arrested under investigation.

In response to the question on how Tymoshenko celebrated the New Year, the colony chief said the ex-PM could watch TV till 2 a.m. In addition, on December 31 Tymoshenko got a parcel with 100 items.

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Interior Ministry: Suspects of bank robbery were planning murder

Posted by the Editor on January 3, 2012


News / 3 January 2012 | 16:40

Interior Ministry: Suspects of bank robbery were planning murder

Interior Ministry: Suspects of bank robbery were planning murder

Interior Minister of Ukraine Vitaly Zakharchenko believes that two suspects, arrested for robbery of Privat bank department in Donetsk, during which five people were killed, initially planned the crime.

“Suspects did not hide their faces, which proves their intentions to kill,” the Minister told the briefing adding that a number of facts, including testimonies of the suspects also indicate the malicious intent.

Zakharchenko informed that suspects were not among the bank staff, but employees of a firm on video surveillance equipment. Back in 2007 one of the private firms won the tender on installation of video surveillance in the bank department. In fact, one of the detainees was in the team, that installed video cameras in the bank, the Minister said. 

Bank employees found out that one of the cameras did not work properly and called the technical team to repair the system. That is how the suspects got in to the bank, the Minister informed.

“The guard knowing them by sight opened the door and let them in. These people did not even hide their face, initially planning the crime. When the signalization went off the offenders got scared and opened fire. It was a psychological breakdown, and the robbers started shooting people inside,” Zakharchenko told the press.

Speaking about suspects, the Minister informed that both had previous convictions – one for murder (early released on parole in 2009) and another for assault causing body injuries.

One of the suspects admitted he was using drugs.

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Lviv authorities limited sale of alcoholic drinks

Posted by the Editor on January 3, 2012


News / 3 January 2012 | 16:09

Lviv authorities limited sale of alcoholic drinks

Lviv authorities limited sale of alcoholic drinks

From January 1, 2012 the resolution of the Lviv city council on limitation of retail of alcoholic drinks comes into force, hence banning the sale of alcoholic beverages in small shops and booths. 

According to the Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovyi, special commissions under the department of economic policy and regional administrations will hold regular examinations of sale booths and small shops regarding the observance of the resolution. In case of violations, the owners will be reported and fined, and in case of repeated violations the enterprise-offenders will be deprived of licenses.

“This week we will just warn the owners of small shops and sale booths, but the next week we will hold examination jointly with police forces,” he said.

“I support the idea of building separate departments in supermarkets for sale of alcoholic drinks and with separate entrance. In many countries there is such practice,” the mayor added.

According to the resolution, the sale of alcoholic drinks in supermarkets of Lviv is limited by time – from 12.00 till 20.00 only.

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Penal colony chief: Tymoshenko can move independently

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News / 3 January 2012 | 15:35

Penal colony chief: Tymoshenko can move independently

Penal colony chief: Tymoshenko can move independently

Former PM and leader of the opposition party “Batkivshchyna” Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been moved to Kharkiv penal colony, can move independently, penal colony chief Ivan Pervushkin told journalists.

“She stays in bed, she stands up, she walks to the bathroom,” Pervushkin said and underlined that doctors’ recommendations on Tymoshenko’s treatment are being followed in full.

At the same time, Tymoshenko’s lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko declares that his defendant cannot move independently and constantly stays in bed.

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Premier: 2012 is the key year of Ukraine’s development

Posted by the Editor on January 3, 2012


News / 3 January 2012 | 15:00

Premier: 2012 is the key year of Ukraine's development

Premier: 2012 is the key year of Ukraine’s development

Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov believes that the year 2012 will be more successful than the previous one, ForUm learned from the press office of the Cabinet.

“2012 will be the key year of development. We will have actual base for development,” Azarov said congratulating the staff with New Year and Christmas holidays.

According to Azarov, it is still early to speak about significant improvement of people’s lives, because the government has to combat deep crisis. But already now we can state that the country has stepped on the path of stable development, and it is an important result of Cabinet’s work, the Premier added.

Azarov underlined that social benefits grows due to the government’s guarantees and provision of economy growth. At the same time, according to the PM, social benefits could grow faster if the government did not have to pay off huge state debts. “In addition, the State Treasury has to allocate considerable means to fulfill legal actions on paying large pensions and compensations,” Azarov summed up.

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Law on simplified taxation system comes into force

Posted by the Editor on January 3, 2012


News / 3 January 2012 | 14:14

Law on simplified taxation system comes into force

Law on simplified taxation system comes into force

Since January 1, the law came into force “On Making Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine and some Legislative Acts of Ukraine Regarding the Simplified System of Taxation, Accounting and Reporting.”

In compliance with the law, the State Tax Service of Ukraine in Kyiv reports, conducting of small business according to the simplified system has been changed, in particular, taxpayers of a single tax are divided into three categories, UKRINFORM reports.

In particular, the first category includes entrepreneurs, whose profit amount will not exceed UAH 150,000 (USD 1- 7.99 UAH). For them, a single tax rate makes up from 1% to 10% of the minimum wage. Those businessmen should not have salaried employees.

The second category includes entrepreneurs, whose income will not exceed UAH 1 million and the number of hired labor – 10 persons. The single tax rate makes up from 2% t잲0% of the minimum wage.

The third category includes entrepreneurs, whose amount of earnings will not exceed UAH 3 million, and the number of working personnel – 20 persons. As regards the tax rate for this category, it will be at the level of 5% without VAT payment and at the level of 3% in case of the parallel registration as VAT payer.

The fourth group includes entrepreneurs or legal persons, whose volume of incomes does not exceed UAH 5 million. They will be able to hire 50 workers. The tax rate is set at 3% or 5%.

Economic entities, who were VAT payers, as well as legal and natural persons-entrepreneurs, who were payers of other duties and taxes, set by the Tax Code, and decided to transfer to the simplified taxation system since January 1, should submit relevant applications no later than January 25, 2012. The application about choosing the simplified taxation system also is submitted no later than January 25.

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