There is even a provision in the law for up to 10 percent free space on billboards for social causes.

Unfortunately, as Kyiv Post staff writer Alyona Zhuk noted in an article in this edition, President Viktor Yanukovych and the ruling Party of Regions are taking advantage of the law to erect holiday messages to Ukrainians.

It may be all well and good, but it’s clearly political and a waste of this worthy provision in the law. The billboards featuring Yanukovych’s face or the Party of Regions colors are so ubiquitous that vandals have even reacted by defacing them, which is inexcusable.

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