Washington Post: Ukraine at a crossroads

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April 19, 2012, 8:40 a.m. | Op-ed — by Washington Post

In the coming months, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych must choose between consolidating power through undemocratic means and advancing his nation’s European aspirations, the Washington Post stated.

Diplomats recently initialed a landmark agreement intended to draw Ukraine closer to the European Union, but the continued imprisonment of two major opposition leaders is pushing Ukraine further from its European aspirations.

In the coming months, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych must choose between consolidating power through undemocratic means and advancing his nation’s European aspirations. By ending selective prosecutions, pardoning imprisoned political leaders without conditions, and ensuring free and fair elections this fall, Yanukovych could become the leader who anchors Ukraine to Europe. If he fails to do so, he will be yet another politician to disappoint Ukrainians.

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Mykhayl April 19, 2012, 9:46 a.m.    

Во истину воскрес !

Ukraine at a crossroads or Ukrainians at the crosshairs?

Does the mafia know or does the underworld care?

Wish in one hand or shit in the other, see which fills fastest.

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AL BALA April 19, 2012, 4 p.m.    

Bohdan Batrukh, founder and director general of the B&amp;H Film Distribution, informed The Day that some of the computers and documents, that had previously been confiscated, were now returned. On April 5, the tax police of the State Tax Inspectorate in Kyiv Shevchenkivsky district confiscated accounting and organizational documents and computers that were the property of B&amp;H Private Joint Stock Company, Kinopalats LLC, Cinema LLC, and also equipment for dubbing audiovisual products into Ukrainian language that belonged to Le Doyen LLC (see The Day No. 23, April 10, 2012).

If you talk about the ideology, Ukrainian dubbing increased the amount of quality Ukrainian language in the national Ukrainian space. As a matter of fact, Harry Potter, Cars, or Pirates of the Caribbean shows with Ukrainian dubbing were sold out more than often. And Ukrainian language did not bother anyone; actually it was the other way around. According to Chmil, Ukrainian dubbing is considered to be one of the best and the most professionally done ones in the world. During this time period, a professional translation school and a Ukrainian dubbing and acting skill school were created. A great progress on the quality and professionalism of film industry has been achieved in Ukraine, are we just going to let it be ruined? And besides the cultural loss, we can also speak about the economic and professional ones too, in case Ukrainian dubbing is going to be destroyed. Batrukh’s companies provide jobs and ability to develop for scores of translators, actors, sound directors, and operators. Finally, this is a significant source of tax money, which goes straight to the Ukrainian budget. And if the present Ukrainian government underestimates the importance of the cultural compound, then its business acumen is not so bad. Perhaps only, some certain representatives of the government realize the consequences of the Ukrainian language being present in the movies too well. In this case, the task of the society is to stand up for what is theirs.

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