Lytvyn signs procurement bill that may fuel corruption

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July 24, 2012, 7:08 p.m. | Politics — by Yuriy Onyshkiv

Ukraine's parliament speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn (third from left) signed on July 17 a controversial state procurement bill. The law is now under consideration by President Viktor Yanukovych, who is second from left in this photo next to Prime Minister Mykola Azarov at far left.

Yuriy Onyshkiv

While the country was shocked by the adoption of the language law on July 4, pro-presidential lawmakers passed another law that could end up costing the nation much more. The controversial bill on state procurement further reduces competition and oversight of state purchases, which are already bleeding the budget.

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Bytebot July 25, 2012, 12:13 a.m.    

Lytvyn. A loyal little mongrel lapdog!

Sit! Good boy!

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bernardh July 25, 2012, 9:13 a.m.    

Considering that Lytvyn has been one of the most corrupt and criminal politicians the last 20 twenty years, it seems logical that one of his last acts as speaker of parliament is to sign a law that wil fuel even more corruption. And maybe he can avoid being the next in line for imprisonment by this final act of obediance?

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Roman Dawydiak July 25, 2012, 11:09 a.m.    

An astute obervation bernardh. To take it one step further, Lytvyn is well known as a wheeler-dealer. His agreement to accept the POR corrupt business proposal might get him off the hook for opposing the language legislation. It should also be noted that his opposition to the language legislation is in whole or in part due to self preservation as a politician in the Verkhovna Rada. In his attempt to be reelected in the Ukrainian speaking Zhytomyr single member constituency this coming October he simply could not afford to support the POR on that particular bill. He is in essence one of the biggest chameleons in the Ukrainian political arena.

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harley July 25, 2012, 7:30 p.m.    

Great article. the country needs more of this; in particular specific examples of outrageous costs. The cost of those housing booths compared to Moscow real estate does not even give a true measure of how over priced they are, because most of the cost of a Moscow flat is due to the location and those booths don't have any land under them.

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