Voice of America: US disappointed by Lutsenko verdict

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Aug. 18, 2012, 9:20 a.m. |

Yury Lutsenko, former head of Ukraine's Interior Ministry

The United States says it is “disappointed” by Friday's verdict in the trial of Ukraine's former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, calling it a “politically motivated prosecution of opposition members.”

In a statement, the U.S. embassy in Kyiv said the prosecution of Lutsenko and his close ally, jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, raises serious concerns about Ukraine's commitment to democracy and rule of law.

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Harry Yellando Aug. 18, 2012, 12:03 p.m.    

So !! what will they DO about it.....the US is finished as a democratic Country.....and Russia is taking a stand the future will change for the better...yes !!! the better as what the US is , is no other than terrorisim....

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S F Aug. 20, 2012, 4:46 a.m.    

We are trying to help Ukraine become a fully functioning democracy, but some people such as yourself believe that the present (and former Soviet) system is great.

Why, then, are the majority of people living in abject poverty?

Whether people live in villages without plumbing or crowded Khrushovkas, why would you support this path for your people.

Ultimately, the West is offering Ukraine better living standards for all of its people.

Yet your desire is for continued poverty, ignorance, and single party governance. If that is your choice, then you have my sympathy.

You may want to consider the wants and desires of future generations of Ukrainians when speaking about the future.

It is doubtful that they want the life that you offer.

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