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Nov. 5, 2010, 12:58 a.m. | Ukraine — by Kostya Dovgan Mark Rachkevych

Activists hold placards and CDs with ‘secret’ information during a rally in Kyiv on Sept. 15. Some 200 activists staged a rare demonstration outside the headquarters of the Security Service of Ukraine, the successor agency to the Soviet KGB agency, in protest of a criminal probe launched against a museum director for allegedly disclosing state secrets.
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Democracies need openness to flourish, while autocracies thrive on secrecy. By that standard, Ukraine – nearly 20 years into national independence – is stuck in the Soviet past, with leaders denying citizens essential information.
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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 5:45 a.m.    

is stuck in the Soviet past, with leaders denying citizens essential information.

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 6:14 a.m.    

Soviet practice of arbitrarily classifying public information as “secret,” “for internal use only” and “not for publication” will remain in place.

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http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/88822/20/page/1/#comments#ixzz14NVlSTz1

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 6:16 a.m.    

Yanukovych issued three decrees in August whose contents are unknown and not listed on the preisential website.

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http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/88822/20/page/1/#comments#ixzz14NWFEGpy

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 6:41 a.m.    

“This is absurd. We’re talking about declassified, Soviet documents, which can’t be secrets of the Ukrainian state,”

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http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/88822/20/page/1/#comments#ixzz14NcV3G3Z

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 7:24 a.m.    

“The concept of public ownership isn’t developed in Ukraine. Many Soviet habits persist today.”

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 7:25 a.m.    

Meanwhile, Ukraine lags decades behind with Soviet-level access to information that should be public.

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 7:43 a.m.    

TYRANT: a person exercising power in and unreasonable or arbitrary way; a ruler who seized power without legal right

The title President stopped applying to Yanukovych a long time ago. Today he is only a Tyrant.

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 2:17 p.m.    

No! I am not a Tyrant! I am a felon!

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 8:46 a.m.    

Everyone is entitled to their own view on these matters no matter how twisted thier mindset or how falsly they present opinions. I belive it would be best to follow the Americans lead with regard to freedom of imformation and knowledge of goverment affairs. If Ukraine sets up it's own &quot;White Propaganda&quot; department, similar to the americans, we as citizens will know everything that they wish us to know,just like the american public. It is not of any importance if their is any truth involved because we will have all the imformation we wish. On hindsight it reminds me of the news we had during the USSR, but who am I to draw comparrisons.

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 1:14 p.m.    

Ukrainian's are treated by their government like if they would manage a mushroom farm:

- Keep them in the dark

- From time to time, throw mud at them

- When someone raises his head, chop it off

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 5:10 p.m.    

Wow - an excellent article!

Nice job, Mark and Yuriy!

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 7:14 p.m.    

Yanukonvicts criminal influence has touched every corner of Ukrainian society, and Ukraine is officially a criminal society ruled by criminals. And the result is clearly laid out in this article. Should anyone be suprised?

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 10:52 p.m.    

Mr Mark Rachkevych works for the US, not for Ukraine.

This article is yet another US agit-prop for imbeciles who haven't yet understood the shortcomings of foreign funded &quot;information&quot;

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2010, 5:04 p.m.    

And who is funding all the CRAP you're spreading all over KP! You're a FAKE! LIAR!a Kremlin and Yanukonvict idiot! You don't even live in Ukraine!

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Anonymous Nov. 7, 2010, 5:38 p.m.    

Easy easy my friend. Ukraine is a democracy.

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 10:53 p.m.    

It is not Ukraina,

It is not Ukraine,

it is the Ukrainian SSR.

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2010, 5:08 a.m.    

The solution is a 25 year limit on documents being secret then automatic go public.Everyone wins the public learns what happened and the parties involved are either retired or dead.

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2010, 10:10 a.m.    

Get up, stand up for your rights and dont give up the fight! (Bob Marley)

Ukraine lies down and the man, whom the people did not want in 2005 takes his chance. But dictatorship is not, what this country needs! Ukraine people hired Janukovitch, they also can fire him!

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2010, 11:57 a.m.    

There is no transparancy or accountablility in Ukraine. The levers of power are controlled by possesive narrow minded Soviet Union apparatchiks whose concept of 'information in the public domain' is severely restricted and preferably not made available at all; unlike a functioning modern democratic country e.g. the United Kingdom which has the Freedom of Information Act.

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2010, 7:33 p.m.    

The UK is not a functioning modern country but a hellhole of drunken rowdies,illegal aliens,financial gangsters and sexual deviants.

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Anonymous Nov. 7, 2010, 8:19 p.m.    

An old British poem... &quot;...Pretty Yulia is peculiar&quot;. She will latch on any issue whatsoever. Clueless as to what it takes to actually HAVE a country, to RUN an economy, to NEGOTIATE with economies around the world. Clueless as to anything, but her self-promotion. Sarah Palin of Ukraine. But if people are dumb enough, this is democracy. People have the right to have a bad economy, if they so choose. Absolute right to choose politicians at their own peril, and have absolute right to be hungry if determined enough. Choose Yulia, by all means. Why not give her the chance to wreck things some more, to prove for good how (in)competent she is.

Nay, should Yanukovic just turn over the rule to her, and let the experiment begin? That would settle it, for sure.

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Anonymous Nov. 7, 2010, 8:24 p.m.    

There are classes of people who have figured out how to make a good living by just moving lips! And to live at the expense of those who toil and wear out their bodies, and those who have spent years studying to become doctors, engineers, and teachers.

They have also figured out how to flatter some people into showing up to support their lip-moving causes, imagining themselves in a movie of their choice, and hoping to show their good profile when photos are sent to press. Vanity fair, to be sure!

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Anonymous Nov. 8, 2010, 4:50 a.m.    

Theres another class of people who post incoherent drivel with absolutely no connection to the subject of the article or issue in question.

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