Arrest of Makarenko, Didenko extended until April 10

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March 9, 2011, 5:52 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
The arrest of a former head of the State Customs Service of Ukraine, Anatoliy Makarenko, and a former deputy chief of Naftogaz Ukrainy, Ihor Didenko, has been extended until April 10. Makarenko's and Didenko's lawyers, Yuriy Sukhov and Yuriy Hryhorenko, told Interfax-Ukraine that the Court of Appeals in Kyiv had issued such rulings on Wednesday.

Hryhorenko said that the court had extended the arrest of his client despite the fact that last week Didenko and he finished reading the materials of a criminal case opened against his client.

Makarenko was detained in late June 2010, while Didenko was arrested in July 2010.

On June 8, 2010, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce obliged Naftogaz Ukrainy to return 11 billion cubic meters of gas to RosUkrEnergo and pay it a fine in commodity form of 1.1 billion cubic meters of gas in line with its contract.

The Security Service of Ukraine completed its pre-trial investigation into a criminal case against officials of NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy and the State Customs Service on the unlawful seizure of gas belonging to Swiss-based gas trader RosUkrEnergo and the illegal customs clearance in February-March 2009 of the gas.
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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 2:48 a.m.    

Since when did the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce become part of Ukraine? Why do these oligarcs go to foreign countries to settle their disputes. Will these foreign courts do the job for a smaller bribe? How can a Stockholm law be law in Ukraine?

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 8:48 a.m.    

In this case they did not even need a bribe. Once Yanukovych was elected the Ukrainian government capitulated and basically said to give Firtash what he wanted. This was documented with information obtained by Der Spiegel.,1518,736745,00.html

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 10:27 a.m.    

The new president needed only a few months to gain control over the executive, the majority of the parliament and most of the judges, who were already corrupt. The &quot;ancient human instinct of fear has to be activated to a much greater degree again,&quot; said his prime minister,

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 11:03 a.m.    

Instinctual fear is a good tool. Too bad the Ukrainian people don't use it to strike fear into the government. Ukrainians sit by while they government does whatever it wants, and they do nothing.

I tell my kids that the main difference between the U.S. and Ukraine is that in the U.S. you do what you want until someone says to stop, but in Ukraine you do nothing until the law tells you it is legal to start.

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