Viktor Pshonka: ‘I’m a member of the president’s team’

Print version
Nov. 8, 2010, 9:03 a.m. | Politics — by Staff reports
Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka gave his first television interview since his appointment as Prosecutor General of Ukraine on Nov. 4.
Announcement To Readers

Since 1995, the Kyiv Post has been the world's window on Ukraine. Please support the newspaper’s quality, independent journalism with a digital subscription. Subscribers receive unlimited access to all stories, archives and PDFs from the Kyiv Post's staff writers and news services.
More info.

12 months
1 month
$50.00Pay $20.00Pay
The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively debate. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. If you think that a posted comment violates these standards, please flag it and alert us. We will take steps to block violators.
Anonymous Nov. 8, 2010, 10:14 a.m.    

Victor, Victor, how can you be so sloppy? His slogan should read: "Everyone supporting the Party Of Regions is equal before the law".

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Nov. 8, 2010, 10:33 a.m.    

A general prosecutor should be impartial, not a member of a political team. When he talks of &quot;a new impulse&quot; he probably means that the level of persecution of political opponents will increase. Things are getting worse in Ukraine, day by day.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Nov. 8, 2010, 11:52 a.m.    

A general prosecutor is somebody who has earned the esteem and trust of the PRESIDENT.



THAT IS WHY HE IS Prosecutor General.



very much along the lines in the USA...they all are appointments.

be it republican or democrat...

so yes, it is the PRESIDENT'S call to appoint anyone in whom he, or she [hulyia may get the gig one day] has unwavering belief to carry

the duties of Prosecutor General.

i hope this explains.

you have the right to register your displeasure...

that's the beauty of democracy...



{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Nov. 8, 2010, 12:35 p.m.    

A prosecutor general should serve the public interest, not a party interest. He should be impartial in executing his authority. The last sentence about Yanukovich's slogan should be reported to Azarov, for abuse of the ban on political satire.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Nov. 8, 2010, 1:57 p.m.    

is he a millionaire yet ?

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Nov. 8, 2010, 5:11 p.m.    

Has anything really changed?

Yanukonvikt now has Pshonka as a prosecutor.

Criminals still appointing criminals.

From Nov 2003:

On 20 December 2002 the “Prima News” information agency reported that the then Prosecutor General of Ukraine Svyatoslav Piskun “publicly rebuked Donetsk Oblast Prosecutor Viktor Pshonka for poorly supervising the investigation of the murder of TOR TV Company (Slaviansk) Director Ihor Alexandrov. The investigation revealed that Alexandrov had had in his possession photographs featuring prosecutor Viktor Pshonka in the company of criminal gang leaders. During the search in Alexandrov’s flat, the photographs disappeared. Prosecutor Pshonka was debarred from overseeing this case investigation. Earlier the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine had tried to dismiss Pshonka twice, but the Supreme Rada Deputy Chairman Henadiy Vasylyev, previous Donetsk Oblast Prosecutor, helped him stay in office”.

Read more:

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Nov. 8, 2010, 5:30 p.m.    

The gentleman from the Mercedes is Viktor Pshonka, the Deputy

Prosecutor-General of Ukraine back during the Orange Revolution (they say he was one of the people to initiated the &quot;strong&quot; means of quelling the Maydan [protests on Independence Square in Kiev at the height of the Orange Revolution which brought current President Viktor Yushchenko to power in 2004], and former prosecutor from Donetsk Region and now - one of the prominent members of the [opposition] Party of Regions and messenger of [major Party of Regions figure] Rinat Akhmetov and Co.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Nov. 8, 2010, 5:49 p.m.    

SBU officers who are displeased with their boss's sympathies explain this as his desire to provide &quot;for his own political future&quot;. They say Drizhchanyy saw how the Party of Regions' rating was growing and naturally foresaw the success of the Donetsk people in the election and strove to obtain their support. And so at first the intermediary between Drizhchanyy and the Party of Regions was his long-time friends Mykola Obikhod (now a consultant to Klyuyev on security issues), and later - Pshonka.

Ihor Drizhchanyy has now fully blocked the investigation on criminal case number 236 opened over criminal groups in Donetsk Region stealing VAT of nearly 1bn hryvnyas, which was used in Viktor Yanukovych's election campaign.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Nov. 9, 2010, 1:40 a.m.    

Pshonka is an appointee of the President

what's the problem with that?

US president has the right to appoint whoever he thinks right!

so Yanni thinks Viktor is a fine fellow and why would he not appoint him to carry PROSECUTEUR GENERAL duties.


{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Nov. 10, 2010, 3:39 p.m.    

Ah, yes, a little twisted sovok relic comes out - just lovely.

And says - &quot;we don't need no stinkin' democracy - we want our oligarch twisted sovok relic mafioso gangster government&quot;

What's the difference? Well, in the US, government is the servant of the people, not the master. That's why there are public hearings and public scrutiny of nominees - to make sure that there is no corruption in office, and that qualified people are appointed to office, no matter what party they belong to.

In Ukraine, it's 100% corruption - and political mafioso cronies get appointed, not because they're going to do their job honestly, but because they are going to eliminate the opposition for Firtash and Akhmetov.

What's the difference? People are leaving Ukraine.

They want to go to the US and Canada for a better life.

What's the difference? Ukraine is a cancerous, rancid sewer of corruption. It should be a G8 country - instead, it is Nigeria with no missiles. Or Mexico, if you prefer. A third world country.

And little twisted sovok relic &quot;just lovely&quot; wants to live in the sewer - he likes it that way.

{# <-- parent id goes here
Anonymous Nov. 10, 2010, 7:04 p.m.    

Good summary, elmer. However, I suspect for these Party of Regions supporters, concepts like &quot;the public interest&quot; or the government being &quot;servant of the people&quot; are completely incomprehensible. To argue is a waste of time.

{# <-- parent id goes here


© 1995–2014 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.