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Aug. 2, 2012, 7:42 p.m. | Politics — by Oksana Grytsenko

Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko (R) and Nataliya Korolevska (L, front), leader of "Ukraine Forward" political party visit the Volodarskaya boarding-school in Kyiv Oblast on July 28. Shevchenko said he was joining "Ukraine Forward" social democratic party after announcing that he was quitting football for politics. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Aleksey Solodunov
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Oksana Grytsenko

One famous actor, one world-known football player and one attractive woman whose dreamy and determined face the Ukrainians have seen almost daily during the last six months.

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Adrian Horodecky Aug. 2, 2012, 8:14 p.m.    

The "Queen" should learn Ukrainian. Only then she can move forward...

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 4, 2012, 4:09 a.m.    

You are absolutely correct Adrian. For whatever it's worth I sent a personal letter to Ms. Korolevska regarding this issue.

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joseph gregg Aug. 2, 2012, 9:55 p.m.    

Most reminescent of the Tigipko campaign. If she is all over the media that means she has the tolerence of the government. "Plausible Deniability" sounds like her true slogan. Later, POR owns her...

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 3, 2012, 5:30 a.m.    

For the past two years Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions have insisted that political prisoners should prove their innocence from charges laid by the Prosecutor General's Office. To them there was no such thing as being innocent until proven guilty. This legal procedure was something that was better left to true democracies. The Opposition has protested against this aberration of justice time and time again but to no avail. Ironically there are now individuals in Batkivshchyna that are using the same abusive tactics against Natalia Korolevska. All the allegations made against her have not been proven. Moreover, people such as Oleksandr Turchynov do not even want to discuss these issues let alone provide factual proof. Is there something rotten in Denmark? Are there fear mongers who are concerned that Korolevska might be trying to supplant Yulia Tymoshenko as leader of the Opposition? Do the accusations made against Korolevska sound much the same as similar accusations made against Tymoshenko on previous occasions? Is it not time for some reflection? Do those individuals making these unsubtantiated accusations not realize how much damage they are doing to a united Opposition let alone giving the POR something to laugh about? Perhaps it is high time that they should pay heed to the words of one of the world's great statesmen, Abraham Lincoln: "A house divided against itself cannot stand".

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dave Aug. 3, 2012, 4:31 p.m.    

Natasha Korolevska is the new poster girl for filthy Ukrainian politics. She is associated with the coal trading mafia that feeds off huge state budget subsidies. Where do you think her massive election spending comes from. And to make it even worse, she is 100% "Roosky Mir" in her style. At least Yulia Tymoshenko took the trouble to learn the Ukrainian language before entering politics.

Andriy Shevchenko is undoubtedly a good guy at heart and he has done great things for Ukraine as a sportsman, but this decision reinforces his image as being a dumb, uneducated athlete who is easily taken advantage of.

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IvanovPetrovSidorov Aug. 3, 2012, 8:01 p.m.    

Well done! I am happy the opposition is divided! Vityunchik, davaj, vperejod!

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 4, 2012, 4:06 a.m.    

The Great Russian chauvinists and their little russian supporters may very well snicker away at some of the growing pains within the Opposition but it should also be noted that the regionnaires and their subservient communist allies have little if any understanding of the importance of the democratic process. In the end those who laugh last laugh best and that most assuredly will not be Yanukovych and his lapdog Symonenko.

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