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President to spend his royalties on charity

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April 16, 2012, 1:34 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ukrainian President will spend his royalties on charity, the presidential press service has reported. "This year, I'll spend the funds that I received from the publication of some of my books only on assistance to poor people, those who are sick and, first and foremost, children," Yanukovych told reporters after participating in an Easter service at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monastery on Sunday. Apr. 15.

The declaration of Yanukovych's income and expenditures for 2011 was earlier published on the official Web site of the head of state. According to the document, in 2011, the Novyy Mir (New World) Printing House paid UAH 16.4 million in royalties to Yanukovych for the transfer of the property rights for the books he wrote in 2005-2010 to the publishing house. From the amount of royalties, Yanukovych paid UAH 2.8 million to the budget as personal income tax.
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Phill M April 16, 2012, 5:27 p.m.    

Well, good for Yanuk? While I have little in the way of love or respect for the man, if he is really doing this, good on him. Of course, his motivations for doing it so publicly leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

What does the Bible say? “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." (Matthew 6:1-4)

Again, while I cannot fault him for giving to the poor a portion of what he has (regardless of how much he has been accused of taking), I think Yanukovych has either missed the boat, or is making this big 'donation' announcement not because he wants to be 'nice', but because he wants to look nice.

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Mykhayl April 18, 2012, 2:25 a.m.    

Во истину воскрес !

That IS his expected full reward [Matt 6:5].

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harley April 18, 2012, 4:27 p.m.    

Here is more on how ridiculous it is to think he actually earned these royalties: http://www.rferl.org/content/ukraine_president_million-dollar_book_deal_raises_eyebrows/24552217.html

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