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If that is the case, President Viktor Yanukovych is thinking angry thoughts and becoming an angry leader of Ukraine’s 45 million citizens.

A videotape of the Dnipropetrovsk event on Sept. 11 shows Yanukovych responded to Economy Minister Petro Poroshenko this way:  “I’ll rip off your heads very soon – right after the elections – if you just talk and do not deliver.”

The outburst came in response to prodding of Poroshenko, a multimillionaire and a major automobile dealer, to have the government impose an import duty to protect domestic car sales. At the same forum, Yanukovych dressed down Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshkovsky for not knowing the exact minimum subsistence wage and the minimum pension in the nation.

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