Yanukovych: Officials' desire to work hard would be best gift for me

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July 9, 2011, 4:09 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said that the best gift from public officials on his birthday will be their desire to work hard. "Given that a relevant law, which introduces restrictions on the gifts, came into force on July 1, I have asked my colleagues in public and I am appealing to them now through this conference, asking them not to throw their money away. The best gift from the officials who want to congratulate me is their glowing eyes and desire to work hard, and a feeling that they stand by me," the president said at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.

In addition, Yanukovych said that the greatest gift for him would be peace in the country, the united state and people's hopes for the future connected to the development of the country.

The president said that on his birthday he would be able to be with his family. "This week I'll enjoy the opportunity to see the children, grandchildren, daughters-in-law and their parents," he said.

On July 9, Yanukovych turns 61.
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Anonymous July 9, 2011, 5:49 p.m.    

The best gift to Ukraine would be Yanukovych's defeat in the next election.

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Mykhayl July 10, 2011, 12:36 a.m.    

Бог помагає Українії !

No cake! Learned from Marie Antwanette?

Слава Українії !

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Anonymous July 11, 2011, 3:58 p.m.    

Yanukovych says his greatest gift would be peace in the country. Yanukovych and the Party of Regions are authoritarian, corrupt, falsely persecuting the democratic opposition, disrespect Ukrainian language, culture and history, suppressing freedom of speech and freedom of press and dividing the wealth and business opportunities in Ukraine among themselves. This does not promote peace.

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Anonymous July 11, 2011, 4:17 p.m.    

Yanukovych recently gave Hero of Ukraine medal to Patriarch Vladimir

of Moscow Orthodox Church.

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Anonymous July 14, 2011, 5:53 a.m.    

Well then do something about it.

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Anonymous July 11, 2011, 6:06 p.m.    

The best gift for Yanukonvict will be a one way ticket to mars!

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