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Korolevska promises not to change ideology of Ukrainian Social Democratic Party

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Dec. 24, 2011, 5:12 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Kyiv, December 24 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The ideology of the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party (USDP) will not change due to a reshuffle in the leadership of the party, the newly elected party leader, Natalia Korolevska, has said. "I believe that now we can breathe new life into the principles of social democracy - justice, freedom and solidarity. I believe that we can regain people's trust and belief in these principles," she said at a press conference after the party's congress.

The party's first deputy head, Yevhen Suslov, in turn, said that the democratic opposition would be strengthened owing to the party's new leadership.

"We clearly state that we are doing nothing that can harm the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko… Our task is to collect the most votes in parliament at the elections in 2012 and release Yulia Tymoshenko," he said.

As reported, Korolevska was elected the leader of the Ukrainian Social Democratic Party on Friday, December 23, and, along with Suslov and Oleksiy Lohvynenko, left the Batkivschyna Party in connection with their transition to the USDP. The USDP is a part of the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko and the three deputies remain in the BYT-Batkivschyna faction in parliament.
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Anonymous Dec. 24, 2011, 5:46 p.m.    

Maybe she can promise top learn Ukrainian.

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Anonymous Dec. 24, 2011, 6:11 p.m.    

Why would she want to learn village drivel?

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Anonymous Dec. 24, 2011, 7:10 p.m.    

Please try to make a substantive contribution to the forum.

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Anonymous Dec. 24, 2011, 11:07 p.m.    

Why would she want to speak a language that is the majority language in only 1 of the 10 largest cities in Ukraine?

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Mark Rachkevych Dec. 25, 2011, 3:20 p.m.    

This person's IP location is in Russia

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Anonymous Dec. 25, 2011, 3:36 p.m.    

This person's IP location is in Xoxlandia

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Anonymous Dec. 25, 2011, 4:27 a.m.    

Because it is so much better than that Russian monstrosity.

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Mark Rachkevych Dec. 25, 2011, 3:19 p.m.    

This person's IP Location is in Russia

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Anonymous Dec. 25, 2011, 3:36 p.m.    

This person's IP Location is in Xoxlandia

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Anonymous Dec. 24, 2011, 9:09 p.m.    

who cares about her? she's a crook. klitschko is the news. he will be mayor and not make hundreds of millions from political kickbacks like this chirpy birdie.

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Anonymous Dec. 25, 2011, 4:33 a.m.    

If some of the comments here are true then Ukraine is doomed because lazy and unpatriotic citizens are either unwilling or unable to learn the national language. You are a disgrace! I do not know how you expect to get people in Western Ukraine to vote for you when you can only speak Muscovy. And how would you speak in Parliament? What Ukraine needs is a dictatorship under a real patriot. How the Muscovites could achieve total enslavement of Ukrainian citizens is unbelievable. You snear at the Diaspora but we are the only ones who are keeping the Ukrainian language alive.

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Anonymous Dec. 25, 2011, 2:54 p.m.    

Parliament is a farce due to factional voting, just like in every other country. It isn't a place for debate, only for registration of votes.

And whether you like it or not, Russian is the majority language and the language of business in Ukraine.

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Anonymous Dec. 26, 2011, 12:17 a.m.    

Hey moskal stick your gutteral rooshin language up your stinking popka and buy yourself another drink ..thats about all you moskal deadbeats do...ha ha ha

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 6:53 p.m.    

You only show your lack of culture and civility. In doing that, you prove that you are no better than Yanukovich and his bratva. I wish you spoke for yourself and didn't claim to be a true Ukrainian. You put us all to shame.

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Anonymous Dec. 25, 2011, 10:34 a.m.    

The knowledge or lack of knowledge of any particular language does not necessarily equate into respect for a culture. Dmytro Tabachnyk is a prime example of an ethnic Ukrainian who is fluent in the Ukrainian language but has clearly demonstrated a lack of respect for the Ukrainian culture. On the other hand a senior UN Official who must deal with over 190 Nations and a multitude of languages is highly unlikely to understand every language. However, respect for every culture is imperative. A similar case may be made for Ukraine. One does not necessarily have to speak the language of a particular culture to have a respect for that culture.

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Anonymous Dec. 25, 2011, 3:14 p.m.    

She's a Korolevskaya, and I would happily vote for her in return for a Korolevsky Minet!

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Anonymous Dec. 25, 2011, 3:51 p.m.    

For those who say it is not necessary to speak Ukrainian to appreciate its culture I have news for you. A language is the essence of a culture. It contains elements which cannot be translated into any other language correctly. If you lose the language you gradually lose the culture. Ukrainian culture has endured for hundreds of years because it survived in the culture of the villages. There was no television or internet to confuse the issue and people spoke the language and perpetuated the culture which survived until today. I also am in disagreement that Russian (or Muscovy as it really should be called) is predominant as we have met many Ukrainian scholars from Kyiv and from Western Ukraine who speak fluent Ukrainian. There is nothing wrong with speaking two or more languages, my husband speaks four fluently, but Ukrainian is the language we speak in our home AND the language we speak to other Ukrainians. We will refuse to speak any other language to a Ukrainian and I have ordered out of our home any Ukrainians who will not speak it. Quebec in Canada has the right idea. You are ignored if you do not speak French in Quebec - in business, press, and on the street. Good for them. We should be as chauvinistic with Ukrainian if only Ukrainian citizens had the guts to speak up the same way. And Tabachnyk is not a Ukrainian, he is a Jew. And a Semite cannot be a Slav. He may be a citizen of Ukraine but that is all he is - a citizen - and a rotten one at that.

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Anonymous Dec. 25, 2011, 4:09 p.m.    

Hate to break it to you, but less than half of the regions in Ukraine have Ukrainian-speaking majorities. You village dwellers should understand that Ukrainian is your language, and Russian is ours. We speak Russian, and that is our culture. If your culture involves speaking Ukrainian, that's great, but don't expect us to speak it.

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Anonymous Dec. 25, 2011, 4:06 p.m.    

Another member of the demented diaspora from Canada...

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Anonymous Dec. 28, 2011, 6:46 p.m.    

This intolerance and stark antisemitism in a counrty like Canada strikes me as odd and, frankly, distateful. I live in Europe and I don't know what ways you have in Canada (if, indeed, you speak for the majority of Canadians (which I doubt)), but here in the EU to say what you have said would in most cases be considered offensive, uncivilised and sometimes even unlawful. Ignoring someone is easy, but it won't help your understanding. Engaging someone to resolve differences is much, much more difficult, but not impossible and could help resolve differences to improve things for all. Your life is, sadly, a story of division, hatred and ignorance - a zero sum game. It won't make you feel better or bring you consolation for things that may have happened in the past, trust me. It has been tried and tested and it doesn't work.

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Anonymous Dec. 25, 2011, 5:15 p.m.    

I thought I'd spare the usual ranting and name calling on this site and, instead, wish all the little russian diaspora a very Merry Christmas! Yours truly, Moskal!

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Anonymous Dec. 26, 2011, 5:23 p.m.    

&quot;Our task is to collect the most votes in parliament at the elections in 2012 and release Yulia Tymoshenko&quot;

That's it? That's all they're going to do?

what about Lutsenko, Ivashchenko, and the others?

what about getting rid of a stalinist show trial system, and implementing a true legal system?

what about getting rid of piano voting in Parliament?

what about finally getting rid of parliamentary immunity?

what about implementing a system of democratic elections, instead of party lists, where people have no idea who represents them in Parliament?

what about the right of recall, so that jerks like Akhmetov, who NEVER show up in Parliament, can be booted out of Parliament?

what about eliminating nepotism, so that Pshonka's son and Yanusvoloch's son can be booted out of Parliament?

what about getting rid of corporate raiding in Ukraine?

what about implementing a national energy policy so that Ukraine becomes energy-independent?

what about eliminating corruption, so that yanusvoloch no longer gets a $350,000 toilet seat, so that Firtash has to give back the $5 billion that was given to him by the government, so that Kluyev and others have to give back the money that was given to them by the government for the beeznisses, so that Boyko is prosecuted for his corrupt oil rig deal where he made $200 million through a fictitious Latvian firm?

And maybe Korolevska could possibly speak Ukrainian in Ukraine?????

спасибо жителям Донбаассаааа....

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Anonymous Dec. 26, 2011, 9:41 p.m.    

Korolevska is a thief who comes from Donetsk herself, and she is only interested in Tymoshenko insofar as it can advance her own career and make her the new Tymoshenko within 5 years (whether Yulia is willing to step aside or not is unimportant to Natasha). She doesn't give a minute's thought to attacking corruption because that's what makes her rich. And she doesn't care about Lutsenko or others because she cannot pattern herself after them to achieve her own personal objectives. She's miming Yulia. But Natasha will throw her in the mud as soon as convenient - which is why she is now heading her own party.

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Anonymous Dec. 27, 2011, 9:26 a.m.    

Korolevska got filthy rich from lobbying for the state coal industry and she is part of the Donbass mafia. Now she is trying to market herself as the next Tymoshenko but it's not happening, people can't stand her. This is not the &quot;new young politician&quot; that Ukraine is waiting for.

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