If the wealthy in Ukraine continue to pilfer the nation’s riches and escape paying their fare share of taxes, they shouldn’t expect compliance from citizens who are struggling to make ends meet – including millions from the beleaguered middle class to poverty stricken villagers.

A case in point is the tax declaration made public this week by President Viktor Yanukovych.

As sources quoted in a front page Kyiv Post story this week by Yuriy Onyshkiv point out, it is simply not credible that Yanukovych earned about $2 million selling the rights for books he allegedly authored – that, by the way, nobody is reading – to an obscure Donetsk publishing house.

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