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Tymoshenko: opposition deputies offered 1 million dollars to join coalition

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June 26, 2010, 3:11 p.m. | Politics — by Ukrainian News
Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the same name bloc, claims about a one-time bribe of 1 million dollars and then monthly payment of 25,000 dollars for a people's deputy to move from opposition to the coalition. She said this in a Big Politics with Yevgeniy Kiselyov broadcast on Inter TV Channel June 25.

"It's no secret today that they have offered a people's deputy, notably, all deputies from our faction, 1 million dollars and then 25,000 dollars as monthly payment in one form or another," according to Tymoshenko.

At the same time she noted that did not absolve herself of responsibility for the transfer of deputies from the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc to the coalition.

"I do not declaim responsibility for the quality of the deputy corps. Unfortunately, people's nature and world's nature today is that money has become absolute value. Morality, duty to the nation, responsibility has receded into the background, " the BYuT leader said.

The people's deputies which did not agree to enter the coalition are capable to fulfill their election program and protect interests of voters, Tymoshenko assured.

As Ukrainian News reported, Yurii Lutsenko, former minister of internal affairs, leader of the People's Self-Defense civic movement, said opposition deputies were offered 1.5 million dollars and some more 25,000 dollars monthly payment if they join the coalition.

The coalition consists of 257 deputies, where 219 are members of the Party of Regions, Communist Party and Lytvyn Bloc factions.
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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 5:13 p.m.    

yaaaaawn

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 12:44 a.m.    

A corrupt government, with a corrupt leader. Enough said.

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 2:38 a.m.    

Yeah, that was tymu, u r right

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 5:53 p.m.    

Is it illegal to pay a deputy to join your coalition.What is the salary for a deputy? What are the odds of these deputies being returned to rada after next election?

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 7:49 p.m.    

Where is the proof of this?

Where is a deputy that has been offered this and refused making this statement to the press?

The reason OU-PSD deputies will join the coalition is that at the next election their party will cease to exist. They are more likely to remain on the PoR lists keep their seats on a BYuT list as for sure, come the elections, if BYuT won only one RADA seat, Yulia will fill it at the expense of another of her own party.

A major reason for leaving the BYuT is not $1 million, but the fact BYuT is completely lost by way of policy and really needs to rebrand. There is no way Tymoshenko's ego will allow a rebranding removing her name from the party.

I will not be surprised, closer to the election in 2012, if many of those who simply will not join PoR, will jump to Yatseniuk instead of remain with the defunked BYuT.

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 4:54 a.m.    

The UKRAINIAN people voted for a party, not for individuals to sell their soul to the devil.

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 8:53 p.m.    

True....they aren't allowed to vote for individuals are they.

As it happens, the defections seem to be in line with public sentiment as per the polls.

Thats the trouble with voting every few years, as opinions change the old results don't.

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 8:54 p.m.    

But you are not Ukrainian, you don't even live here!

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Anonymous June 26, 2010, 8:28 p.m.    

&quot;I do not declaim responsibility for the quality of the deputy corps. Unfortunately, people's nature and world's nature today is that money has become absolute value. Morality, duty to the nation, responsibility has receded into the background, &quot; the BYuT leader said.

This comes from the woman who made $ billions from United Energy Systems of Ukraine, a gas intermediary with as much benefit to Ukraine as RosUkrEnrgo?

Dupliticious to say the least!

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 12:42 a.m.    

Doesnt excuse the fact that Yanuconvict is buying deputies left and right. At this point in time, he is still the criminal.

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 2:42 a.m.    

Seems Tymu was out bid by deeper pockets, such lousy a loser she is,,,

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 2:46 a.m.    

Did she count the amount,, was it exactly one million, or was it perhaps a 10 000,,, well , we have mother of all crooks back in town, mouthing off her brainless base less accusations hoping to keep her stolen billions,,,

Tymu is jelous others are also making some money and she can not get a kick back from it,,, what a nasty piece of work she is,,,

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 11:49 a.m.    

Unfortunately Ukraine lacks real leaders who love their country and put their country and people above personal gain.

But then the whole world lacks such leaders, alas.

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 5:26 p.m.    

First para, true. Second totally false. Start by looking at the majority of Europe (a handfull could be in the same boat as most of the ex-USSR), USA, Canada, Australia, New zealand. You may be able to find corruption of a few officials at the top of most countries, but never the depth you will find here. Some countries are like pyramids (little corruption at the top), others are like inverse pyramids (total corruption at the top), others are cubes (total corruption at all levels). I leave you to place Ukraine within that system. Remember - the fish rots from the head, without cutting off the head the whole fish rots.

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 5:14 p.m.    

Old government, new government - what is the difference? They are mostly corrupt and morally bankrupt. It will take an individual who has earned their money honestly through their own hands and who has European, not Russian or Ukrainian iterpretation of capitalism (f**k the nation, me, me and only me). Two such people exist (twin brothers no less) but maybe they wish to live to an old age and not be poisoned or perish in a &quot;car accident&quot;. If they do promote themselves to be true visionaries and leaders of the Ukraine nation (for the people and nation), then the Ukrainian people must vote for them. If not, Ukraine will get the crooks they deserve in power. The remedy is in the hands and feet of the people - the Orange Revolution showed it can be done, but the leaders then were the wrong people. The next will hopefully not be!

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 5:32 p.m.    

Not twins, but brothers of morale value who can knock heads together or knock out those who are corrupt. Georgia has such a leader, not a boxer but one who had a vision for their country. Now those who want him out are the very same who want the corruption back so they can feed from that trough.

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Anonymous June 27, 2010, 10:18 p.m.    

You insult the Klitshko brothers by comparing them to Saakashvili. Saakashvili has a vision for himself, lost aprt of his homeland stupidly and toy with phony growth rates and western PR companies.

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