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You're reading: All show, no go, on ‘Shuster Live’

No need to be jealous of Oscar. Anyone can become a star. For an hour, from Monday to Thursday at 7:30 p.m on TRK Ukraina TV channel, and for four hours non-stop on Friday night at 9:25 p.m., Verkhovna Rada deputies and ministers have their moments of fame. The celebrity program has a name: “Shuster Live.”

The Ukrainian deputies and ministers come to the studio to prepare for star host Savik Shuster’s show. They are clean-shaven and wear good suits. They have expensive footwear and long socks. When they enter the hall, they get applause and they bow. They don’t ask themselves what the applause is for and whether a deputy or a minister should bow like an artist.

There are no questions like these at all because, on “Shuster Live,” they live out the rotten intrigues of the Verkhovna Rada. They hash over the loathsomeness of colleagues in enemy factions, the horror of government lobbyists for sale. The main event is the professional and juicy destruction of each other in front of millions of TV viewers. They pour buckets of slop over the other guy’s head. Flickering in their hands are compromising materials, sheets of deciphered phone calls, bits of paper with statistics and bundles of appeals.

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