Rough-edged Ratushnyak goes nowhere on national platform

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Jan. 14, 2010, 11:12 p.m. | Politics — by Yuliya Popova

Serhiy Ratushnyak

The three-term mayor of the 100,000 residents of Uzhgorod in western Ukraine, Serhiy Ratushnyak decided to dream big and run for president. A mechanical engineer, he founded and headed a syndicate of 52 companies in Soviet times, including banks, liquor plants and groceries. Arrested in 2000 on charges of embezzlement and forgery, he was nevertheless elected as a lawmaker. He wants to tax the rich, develop nuclear arms and oblige all Ukrainians to learn another foreign language, apart from Russian. Experts, however, think that his real mission is to continue roughing up Arseniy Yatseniuk, one of the top five candidates. In August 2009, Ratushnyak made anti-Semitic comments after an alleged attack on one of Yatseniuk’s volunteers.
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Anonymous Jan. 15, 2010, 8:58 a.m.    

Ratushnyak is a thug, plain and simple. He, like most Ukrainian politicians, has stolen his way into office and steals from the people who never elected him in the first place. He's reviled in Uzhgorod and wants immunity for all the crimes he's committed during his time in office. Criminal, pure as they come.

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Anonymous Jan. 16, 2010, 10:53 a.m.    

He has to learn manners and not beat up on annoying little Jewish girls who campaign for politicians he doesn't like...he's only slightly better than Yanukovych and thats NOT a compliment.

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