All In The Family

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March 2, 2012, 12:10 a.m. | Ukraine — by Svitlana Tuchynska

President Viktor Yanukovych and the older of his two sons, Oleksandr. The younger son, Viktor Jr., is a member of parliament.

Svitlana Tuchynska

With his popularity sinking at home and in Western capitals, President Viktor Yanukovych appears to be digging in to keep his hold on power. While he doesn’t stand for re-election until 2015, his ruling Party of Regions faces a key test in the Oct. 28 parliamentary election. The president has installed key allies to head virtually all of the nation’s most powerful financial and law enforcement agencies. The president denies doing so, but many have the impression that loyalty rather than qualifications is the determining factor in these appointments -- and this is worrisome to many people.
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Jaroslaw Sawka March 2, 2012, 5:21 a.m.    

thank god there is NO cronyism in Ukraine except...

There is a unique pattern emerging in Russia -Putin and Medvdik take turns ruling -trading places -President-Prime Minister-taking turns back and forth

in Ukraine -there in Always be a Yanukovych on TOP...true Dynasty

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Roman Dawydiak March 2, 2012, 9:09 a.m.    

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for these nefarious gangsters. If the Opposition is successful in toppling the reprobates from the Party of Regions will proper justice be carried out in independent courts of anyone accused of corruption (excepting those who will flee to Mother Russia) or will they be treated with velvet gloves a la Viktor (the traitor) Yushchenko? This is a matter that must be considered today if Ukraine has any hopes for prosperity and dignity for all Ukrainians in the future.

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AL BALA March 2, 2012, 12:09 p.m.    

New SBU chief Kalinin, 52, was born and raised in Russia, where he served in the Soviet KGB. He had headed the state body responsible for guarding the nation’s high-ranking officials since April 2010, including the president.

Skipalsky said Kalinin’s father and he were career KGB officers “who were brought up in the Chekist traditions,” referring to the Cheka, a predecessor of the KGB.

Kalinin moved to Ukraine in 1992, after the nation gained independence, to teach at the SBU academy. From 2005-2010, he reportedly worked for a private security firm comprised of former SBU officers called Alpha.

Political scientist Vadym Karasiov of the Global Strategies Institute said Kalinin’s appointment means he’ll be tasked with the priority of protecting the “Yanukovych regime” first and the nation’s interests second.

The measure, which replaced mogul Khoroshkovsky at the SBU, also is a political sign that Yanukovych has removed any influence the nation’s oligarchs can have on the nation’s security, defense and law enforcement agencies, Karasiov said.

“The oligarchs may have to start searching for alternative ways of influencing these structures. It’s a sign that Yanukovych fears betrayal from within,” Karasiov said.

Asked about Salamtin and Kalinin being former Russian nationals, former SBU Lieutenant General Skipalsky said that it isn’t a global practice to give key government positions to former citizens of foreign countries: “There is an element of alarm in these appointments,” he said.

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AL BALA March 2, 2012, 12:14 p.m.    

After working in Russia from 1991 till 1999 Salamatin moved to Ukraine in April 1999.[2][3]

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AL BALA March 2, 2012, 12:15 p.m.    

Everyone in the room knew what the second part entailed, said an FSB officer who attended the event and related what took place.

&quot;We knew that the second part was to become president and to appoint former KGB colleagues to top government posts,&quot; the officer said.

In the speech, Putin assured the people in the room that he would not forget them once he reached the pinnacle of power, the officer said.

&quot;There are no former agents,&quot; Putin declared, giving a new twist to a common joke among KGB officers.

The listening FSB officers raised a toast to Cheka founder Felix Dzerzhinsky and Yury Andropov, the longest-serving KGB chief.

That night, they had one more reason to celebrate, the FSB officer said: After years of humiliation, the intelligence services were on the brink of being restored to their former prestige.

It was Dec. 20, 1999, just 11 days before Boris Yeltsin abruptly resigned and named Putin as acting president. Three months later, Putin won a snap presidential election.


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gary yellando March 2, 2012, 7:13 p.m.    

for the past few years there has been a bad smell coming from Ukraine.

It is getting worst by the day and soon nobody will want to know the Ukraine...east or west....the quicker this smell is disinfected the quicker ukraine will becoeme a nice place to live..

Ukraine people, you can disinfect this smell in October...

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Dirk July 25, 2012, 12:29 a.m.    

Eject Russia out of Ukraine if you want progress. Until then, you will remain a third-world country. Ukraine should be an economic dynamo, but Russia prevents that from happening with puppets like Yanukovych in power.

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Boico Aug. 9, 2012, 8:03 p.m.    

This is Ukrainian cancer cell and will be eliminated same way Husain and his family was in Iraq.

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Byron Hill Aug. 11, 2012, 5:51 a.m.    

unfortunately, you are correct. It is only by extermination that the house can be disinfected and cleaned.

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