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You're reading: Brian Bonner: What Yanukovych should say on New Year’s Eve

Yanukovych could say something like this:

“It is time to drop the fiction that Ukraine has an independent judicial system; nobody believes it – so nobody will believe Tymoshenko’s conviction is for a real crime. In fact, it’s time to scrap the system we have now and establish police, prosecutors and judges who are truly insulated from political pressures. It can be done, it has been done in many nations and we will copy the best examples to rid the judiciary of corruption! Moreover, speaking of corruption, I have decided that – given all the questions about how I got control of a multimillion-dollar riverfront estate named Mezhyhyria, I have decided to return it to the state! Let these two acts – freeing Tymoshenko and getting rid of Mezhyhyria – be the start of a true cleansing process for the nation in 2012! No citizen, including the president, is above the law!”

OK, it’s wishful thinking.

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