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    I'll start this thread for parliamentary discussions.

    5 members of parliament were sworn in on the 15th. One got special treatment. Members of the opposition threw buckwheat at Viktor Pylypyshyn. A symbolic reason. To secure his votes for before elections he bought votes, particularly from retirees, by giving them buckwheat, rice, tea, and other goods. The opposition has returned to him his buckwheat.




    See whats been posted in the past day.


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  • #2
    The frustration and idiocy I see is this.
    These by elections were shown and proven to be fraudulent. So how the heck do they get sworn in as lawmakers?????

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    • #4
      Rada has not prevented a financial disaster bill

      "Parliament did not support a bill to prevent financial disaster and create conditions for economic growth in Ukraine, which included the introduction of tax amendments within agreed with the IMF program":
      *ада підтримала зміни до держбюджету і відхилила антикризові податкові поправки

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      • #5
        Statement of the MFA Ukraine -23 April

        The Government of Ukraine calls on all parties to the Geneva agreements to fulfill its obligations:

        23.04.2014 | 00:36 (translated by Google)
        Department of Information and Communication of the Secretariat of the CMU

        Since the adoption of the Geneva agreements gone for five days. Immediately after reaching an agreement on initial steps to restore security in the eastern regions of Ukraine, the Government launched their good faith performance.
        We appeal to those citizens who pidbureni Russian security services to defend their point of view chosen the path of violence and power grabs.
        Ukrainian authorities are willing to listen to all the legitimate political demands of Ukrainian in the East and the West. And not only listen, but also to meet. We encourage fulfill the Geneva agreements concluded between Ukraine, Russia, USA and EU.
        The Government has made concrete steps, which began its implementation of the agreements. Was suspended active phase of the antiterrorist operation.
        The main task of the government is to protect civilians from armed gangs - in that format will work Ukrainian police and security forces. The Army has only one commandment - to protect the citizens of Ukraine, as required by law and the military oath. Unfortunately, civilians are victims of visitors touring criminal and terrorists who hide behind political slogans. The latest example - a horrible murder of two people whose bodies, mutilated torture, found today in Donetsk region. One of these victims - MP Gorlovskoy city council of the party "Fatherland."
        The Government has approved and submitted to Parliament a draft law on exemption from responsibility of the riots that will pass and fired weapons seized administrative buildings. According to the Geneva agreements, such amnesty shall not apply only to those who have committed serious crimes, who killed and tortured people.
        The government initiated a constitutional reform based on decentralization and empowerment of regions. Already held an expanded meeting of the parliamentary constitutional committee involving representatives of all political parties and regions. Resolution of a broad public discussion of future constitutional changes. This process has already begun, and we encourage him to join all those who want to change the current system of government in Ukraine. We offer a peaceful and legitimate way to do this: submit its proposals to change the Constitution. The government will hear them. But even before the introduction of constitutional amendments we are ready to hear the views of people in the region about what they see as worthy of these regions lead.
        Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine continues to seize illegal arms in the population. The Government has consistently disarms all radical movements, organizations and sectors that are breaking the law. Already removed nearly 6000 small arms. On Independence Square and Khreschatyk absolutely free and safe atmosphere. There's no one persecuted on ethnic or linguistic grounds do not constitute a "black list". We invite you to come and see.
        The government guarantees the protection and consolidation of special status for the Russian language. Territorial communities themselves determine the extent of the rights that they would give Russian or any other language.
        The Government strongly condemns all manifestations of anti-Semitism, xenophobia and intolerance. In fact the anti-Semitic leaflets in Donetsk are under investigation of the Security Service.
        Ruling coalition appealed to all political forces to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the settlement of the situation in Eastern Ukraine. Government reminds all Ukrainian regions: You are legally elected representatives in Parliament. We appeal to disaffected in the East: MPs will make their work and defend your interests. They have to have all the legal possibilities.
        We made our first steps forward. We are waiting for concrete actions by those who illegally keeps building and hostages.
        Ukrainian party supports the leading role of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in promoting the immediate implementation of these measures. Representatives of the OSCE and the parties to the Geneva agreements on a daily basis being consulted at the highest levels, including the level of Prime Minister of Ukraine, which has received the head of the Special Observation Mission of the OSCE.
        The Government also refers to the other Party to the Geneva agreements - of. Ukrainian party calls perform Russian share agreements. We call to withdraw troops from Ukrainian territory and draw attention to the importance of public support for disengagement from terrorism and separatism. We call on Russia to urge their supporters who commit illegal acts on the territory of Ukraine, to stop the violence and release the hostages and seized the building. We want to believe that the agreement with Russia worth the paper on them.

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        • #6
          Interim Ukrainian Government Presents Tangible Achievements After 60 Days in Office - April 28, 2014

          Kyiv, April 28, 2014. The signing of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, removal of EU tariffs on imports of Ukrainian goods, streamlining of the licensing process in the agricultural sector – these were just some notable accomplishments of Ukraine’s interim government in the past 60 days. Other achievements included the reduction of taxes on medicine, the establishment of the National Guard, reform of the judicial sector, strengthening of anti-corruption policy, introduction of new decentralization policy, and negotiation of energy reform.

          Remarkably, on March 21, 2014 Ukraine and the European Union signed an Association Agreement which had been in the works for the past three years but had not been finalized by the Yanukovych administration. In addition, Ukraine and the European Union have agreed to remove all tariffs applied on Ukrainian goods which are exported to Europe. This measure creates a better environment for the turnaround of goods and is expected to result in an extra economic benefit of about EUR 500 million, as reported Ukraine’s interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

          Ukraine’s interim government has conducted financial aid negotiations with the US, Japan, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The total amount of the loan from helping states is estimated to reach USD 20 billion. The IMF is still in the process of deciding upon the loan amount. The new economic policy of the interim Ukrainian government has been focused on reducing government spending, lowering the number of public servants, shrinking the size of the state carport and lowering additional payments to governmental officials. Within the past 60 days the state budget has received more than UAH 16 billion in taxes, which is UAH 203.4 million more than during the same period last year.

          To address the business and agricultural sectors Ukraine's Parliament adopted the law "On amendments to several legislative acts of Ukraine to reduce the number of permit documents”. This policy aims to simplify the licensing process and establishes transparent and fair rules for business operations, and aims to improve the investment climate in agricultural sector.

          Reforms in human rights protection and the judicial sector are emphasized in the new law “On restoring trust in the court system of Ukraine”. This law introduces the means and mechanisms for enabling lustration of judges in Ukraine. The government of Ukraine has unanimously voted in favor of establishing of a Special Commission within the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine which would conduct monitoring missions to ensure that human rights of all prisoners and detained persons are ensured in all respective institutions.

          The Ukrainian Parliament has also adopted laws for starting the process of eliminating the need to receive EU visas for Ukrainian citizens. Those include laws on “Anti corruption policy strengthening”, “Public procurement”, amendments to the Customs and Tax Codes on tax reduction for medicine (from 20 percent to 7 percent), as well as laws on the EU visa liberalization system.

          The social security and education systems have been upgraded with a new social protection program for refugees and a new law on “Higher Education”. The new law provides universities with more autonomy and more advanced mechanisms for preventing corruption.

          A gradual cancellation of subsidies, which has a great impact on Ukrainian budget, has been one of the IMF’s conditions for providing the next tranche of loans and for improving the gas market sector. Therefore Ukraine’s newly-introduced energy reform is designed to gradually increase gas tariffs for the households. Additionally, Ukraine and Poland have agreed on simplifying the reverse supply of natural gas. Ukraine is also involved in ongoing negotiations with the U.S., the EU and other countries on how to improve its energy efficiency.

          The government presented a new concept of decentralization of the regions and local authorities in the bill "On the cooperation of local communities” and agreed with the EU about cooperation at all stages of local government reform and the introduction of the effective regional policy.

          The situation in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine forced the Ukrainian government to start reforming the military sector. In light of the military threat initiated by the Russian Federation at Ukraine’s eastern border, Ukraine’s government has decided to reform its military sector, increase its budget, open donation accounts and establish a National Guard.

          The current government, led by the interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was appointed by the Ukrainian Parliament on February 27, 2014, after the dramatic Euromaidan events that drove ex-President Viktor Yanukovych from office. Since then, Ukraine's interim government has been working intently to adopt new political and economic reforms aimed at European integration.
          Interim Ukrainian Government Presents Tangible Achievements After 60 Days in Office | Politics | Worldwide News Ukraine

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          • #7
            289 against corruption. What about the rest?
            Individual voting for the bill no. 4556

            Alla Dubrovyk May 15, 2014
            Ukrainian parliament of this convocation is not so hopeless. They have started to work at last. Whether it has happened as a result of the pressure of the public (initiative “Reanimation Reform Package”), or it was under the onslaught of the Kremlin, but the MPs are implementing really important legislative changes in the country in record short terms. So, on May 13, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a number of legislative decisions, in particular the ones that had not been supported by the majority before.

            In particular, it is the bill no. 4556 “On amending certain legislative acts of Ukraine in the sphere of anti-corruption policy which are connected with the plan of action on liberalization of visa regime for Ukraine by the European Union.” This law, which was supported by majority in the VRU on May 13, essentially reinforces the front of the corruption fighters. From now on all violations connected with corruption, both in governmental, and private sectors, will be punished by prison terms (before that bribers faced conditional punishments – firing from the post at maximum). According to the bill no.4556 not only the one who demands a bribe will be prosecuted, but also the one who offers or gives (previously there was no punishment for giving a bribe). Besides, the draft law essentially broadens the possibilities of confiscation of criminal incomes from bribery and regulates the external control and verification of the data in declarations on property, incomes, and expenditures. For giving false information in declaration an official will face both administrative and disciplinary punishment.
            289 against corruption. What about the rest? | The Day newspaper

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            • #8
              Kyiv's Bid To Ban Communist Party Could Provoke 'Radical Opposition'
              Ukraine May 19, 2014
              'Reflecting Range Of Opinions'

              The Communist Party holds 32 seats in the 450-member Verkhovna Rada. Its support in the 2012 parliamentary election rose to 13.2 percent, following a showing of just 5.4 percent in 2007. The majority of its backing comes from the southern and eastern regions that are currently in the grip of turmoil as the government battles pro-Russian separatists and militants.

              With the collapse of the Party of Regions after former President Viktor Yanukovych fled Ukraine in February, the Communist Party is now the main voice in Kyiv of the restive regions of the east.

              "The south and the east are losing practically their last political representation," says Ruslan Bortnik, director of the Institute of Analysis and Management Policy in Kyiv. "The Party of Regions doesn't represent them anymore, but the Communists, at least to some extent, reflect the whole range of opinions in those regions. Such a step, definitely, would prompt the Communists to initiate more radical forms of resistance. And the Communists have the necessary human and financial resources."

              Bortnik adds that it would make more sense to let the people of Ukraine decide the fate of the Communist Party's fate at the ballot box in future elections.

              Political scientist Ihor Reiterovych argues it is unfair to ban an entire party, elected into the legislature, for acts or statements by individuals.

              "If the security organs have documented violations of existing laws, then individual deputies can be deprived of their mandates and prosecuted," he notes.
              Kyiv's Bid To Ban Communist Party Could Provoke 'Radical Opposition'

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              • #9
                Current parliament may be dissolved – Poroshenko
                19.05.2014 | 14:49 UNIAN
                Candidate to post of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that the current Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine may be dissolved.

                According to an UNIAN correspondent, he said this at presentation of results of the research “European President” carried out by Institute of World Policy.

                Poroshenko noted that if he is elected as President of Ukraine he is ready to rely on those in the Ukrainian parliament, who were not involved in adoption of the laws on January 16, but on those, who carried out struggle against tyranny, murders and corruption.

                According to the words of Poroshenko, there are a lot of such people in the parliament, but unfortunately, they do not make up a majority.

                According to his words, absence of majority in the VR does not give a possibility to realize an Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU and ensure security of the country.

                Poroshenko said that dissolution of the parliament is a forced step, which is supported by 85% of Ukrainian population.
                Current parliament may be dissolved – Poroshenko : UNIAN news

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                • #10
                  May 29, 2014 Atlantic Council By Irena Chalupa
                  As Ukraine Builds a Stronger Government, Parliamentary Elections Will Be Necessary – and Difficult
                  Ukraine’s election of a new president on May 25 was an essential first step in building a Ukrainian government with enough democratic legitimacy to lead the country through the crises it faces. But establishing a government with a strong enough mandate to make painful economic reforms and resist Russia’s assault on Ukraine’s independence also will require a new parliament. http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs...-and-difficult

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                  • #11

                    Protesters burn tires outside Ukraine parliament to support lustration law
                    Sept. 17, 2014, 9:53 a.m. |Kyiv Post

                    Clashes with police erupted during rallies organized by civic activists in central Kyiv to demand Ukrainian lawmakers to adopt a "lustration" law that stipulates a purge of governmental officials accused of corruption or affiliated with the Soviet-era KGB. The law passed parliament.

                    The law on lustration passed after a third attempt. A total of 231 out of the 246 members of parliament registered in the session hall voted for the bill, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent said. The head of the working group which finalized the bill on lustration, Yuriy Derevianko, said that the adopted document differed from the bill considered by the parliament at first reading.

                    He said that the provisions that contradict the current Constitution were removed from the bill.

                    "All elected posts such as MPs, the commissioner for human rights, judges of the Constitutional Court have been excluded from this law (the law doesn't apply to them)," the lawmaker said.

                    Derevianko also noted that the family circle of an official, who are to submit their assets and income declarations, has been reduced to those family members who live with the official and share a common household.

                    Earlier on Sept. 16, Ukrainian MPs failed to pass this legislative initiative, to which the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov said that lawmakers will not leave the session hall until the bill is adopted.

                    The document envisages the establishment of a lustration authority.
                    Protesters burn tires outside Ukraine parliament to support lustration law KyivPost
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                    What is lustration and is it a good idea for Ukraine to adopt it? - The Washington Post
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                    Until Ukraine fully adopts the new lustration laws, corruption will continue to be the mainstay of Ukrainian politics.

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                    • #12
                      Europe NY TIMES
                      Under Pressure, Ukraine Leader to Seek Aid on U.S. Visit
                      By NEIL MacFARQUHARSEPT. 16, 2014

                      KIEV, Ukraine — Seeking elusive military and economic aid from the United States, President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine headed to North America on Tuesday, while also facing increasingly skeptical questions both here and abroad about the slow pace of change.

                      A White House meeting with President Obama and an address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday are likely to generate fresh moral support, if little else, for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.

                      “It is a clear sign of solidarity and support from the United States,” Pavlo Klimkin, the foreign minister, said in a brief interview before leaving.

                      Photo opportunities alone are enough to help Mr. Poroshenko domestically, although given its raft of problems, Ukraine would like more. Winter looms with gas supplies from Russia cut off; it is unclear that limited self-rule for Russian-backed separatists regions is enough to satisfy the Kremlin; and the country is spending itself toward bankruptcy.

                      Ukraine’s leaders tried to put a celebratory face on new laws pushed through Parliament on Tuesday, even if they were mostly symbolic at this stage. One ratified closer economic and political ties with Europe, while the second tried to cement a recent truce with the separatists by supporting temporary self-rule for the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.

                      “We are fixing the 350-year-old mistake: Ukraine is Europe,” Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, the prime minister, told Parliament, known as the Rada. “It’s a shame that this agreement is sealed with blood. But that was the choice. That was the price of independence.”

                      Despite the warm public embrace Mr. Poroshenko can expect in Washington, behind closed doors there will be questions about whether the February revolution is slouching toward the same failure as the 2004 Orange revolution, with public demands for change smothered by the personal ambitions of its staggeringly wealthy, isolated political class.

                      “There are too many signs of politics as usual, Ukrainian style,” Thomas O. Melia, the deputy assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Law, said at a weekend conference here.

                      The February overthrow of Viktor F. Yanukovych, the previous president, and the May presidential election were expected to usher in a transition period to address significant issues of corruption and economic reform, he noted.

                      “So that is where we are after six months? We almost have our first major law through the Rada, but not yet,” Mr. Melia said.

                      “In order to keep the coalition intact to defend Ukraine from military aggression, you have to make progress on the domestic reforms,” he added. “It is not two different battles; it is the same battle. If the domestic institutions and habits don’t get fixed now, then the consensus and support for defending Ukraine against Russian aggression will disappear.”

                      Mr. Poroshenko sought to portray the laws passed Tuesday as triumphs for Ukraine. But in reality Russia holds the keys to both.

                      Because of Kremlin opposition, the measure on forging closer economic ties with Europe will be delayed for at least 15 months. The autonomy measures will be meaningless without Russian approval, since Ukraine does not actually control the territory addressed by the law. Separatist leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk reacted by stressing that they would still seek independence.

                      Political critics accused the government of abandoning the southeast in the face of Russian aggression, with the death toll above 3,000 people. Russia denies direct involvement, but President Vladimir V. Putin seems bent on keeping Ukraine destabilized to prevent it from moving out of Moscow’s orbit.

                      In an embarrassing blow to the Ukrainian president, Parliament failed to pass what Mr. Poroshenko had advertised as the cornerstone of his anti-corruption campaign: laws meant to establish an anti-corruption bureau.

                      A recent Gallup report found that one in three Ukrainians had been asked to pay a bribe last year, and that eight out of 10 paid. Even after 23 years of independence, Ukraine still has a highly centralized, Soviet-style government. Farmers must ask government permission to change their crops, for example, while universities won the right to order their own supplies — like pencils — only in July. Rebuilding the judiciary and the police is considered essential.

                      “The bribes start with payments to the local doctor and end with bribes to the president,” said Tamara Trafenchuk, a retiree who was touring the opulent estate built by the former president, Mr. Yanukovych, on Kiev’s outskirts. “We want more decisive steps on corruption and economic reforms.”

                      n their own defense, government officials have said they are trying to carry out a herculean task: delivering radical reforms while fighting a war, even as the economy collapses. A gas dispute with Russia and lack of coal from the separatist areas means winter fuel supplies are uncertain.

                      The International Monetary Fund, which has agreed to lend Ukraine about $18 billion over two years, estimates that the economy will shrink by more than 6.5 percent this year.

                      The top Democratic and Republican senators on the Foreign Relations Committee introduced a proposal to increase aid to Ukraine and impose more sanctions on Russia. The bill will be voted on by the committee within hours of Mr. Poroshenko’s speech to Congress, according to its sponsors, Senators Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, and Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee.

                      But Mr. Obama is not expected to go beyond the $70 million in training and nonlethal aid like night vision goggles that has already been pledged.

                      Given the deepening crisis, Ukrainian political leaders issue frequent calls for national unity. But each key leader is running a separate slate for Parliament.

                      Some analysts have suggested that the war might actually abet the reform process, because military veterans will insist on reforms so that their fellow soldiers will not have died in vain.

                      “If you want to die for this country, you will work honestly in Parliament,” said Capt. Pavlo Kyshkar, a candidate on the slate of an independent party. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/17/wo...ef=europe&_r=1

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                      • #13
                        Lyashko’s party set to win seats with radical populism
                        Sept. 25, 2014, 11:19 p.m. | Oksana Grytsenko

                        Oleh Lyashko is serving a third consecutive parliamentary term. He has had no memorable legal initiatives, and voters know him for bringing a cow to parliament, eating soil at the podium, and brandishing a pitchfork that later became a part of his brand.

                        But perhaps the most fascinating thing is that his theatrical strategy seems to be working well with Ukrainian voters. Over the past year, the popularity of his Radical Party has shot from less than 2 to 14 percent among those who say they’ll vote in the Oct. 26 snap parliamentary election, according to a SOCIS poll published on Sept. 15.

                        President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc is the only party ahead of Lyashko’s at the moment, with 25 percent of voters favoring it. The 41-year-old politician would not provide commentary on this story.

                        Political experts say that Lyashko’s success is the result of skillful play on people’s emotions that run high during times of political turbulence and warfare.

                        “In times of war people tend to analyze less and tend to be lured more by loud statements,” says Artem Bidenko, a political analyst who consulted Lyashko up to 2012, and who now heads the advertising department of the Kyiv city administration.

                        There is no political program available on the party site. In fact, Google says the website may be hacked, and only the top 10 candidates for parliamentary elections have been announced. Lyashko heads the list, followed by his personal friend Andriy Lozovyi, the commanders of Aidar and Luhansk 1 volunteer battalions, pop singer Zlata Ognievich and Olympic medalist Denys Silantiyev.

                        Lyashko is the only one listed with political experience. He unsuccessfully ran for president in May, receiving 1.5 million votes. During the campaign he promised to “free Ukraine from ‘parasites’; occupiers, separatists, embezzlers and corrupt officials.”

                        He was born in the city of Chernihiv and spent his school years in an orphanage. He worked as a journalist early on in his professional career, and served a prison term for embezzlement of public funds. Former President Viktor Yushchenko publicly accused him of featuring in several embezzlement cases.

                        He denies the charges.

                        The outspoken politician was first elected to parliament on Yulia Tymoshenko’s party ticket in 2006, but was kicked out of her faction in 2010. The official reason was cooperation with a rival political camp, but his expulsion came in the wake of a sex scandal.

                        In a video released by an unknown person, Lyashko confesses during an interrogation by a prosecutor to having a sexual relationship with a man called Borya. Since being gay is still taboo in Ukraine’s politics, Lyashko spent the following years posting photos of his wife and daughter, as well as manly pictures of himself on Facebook.

                        He founded the Radical Party, and soon began playing the firebrand role. In November 2013, when Russia started banning Ukrainian products, Lyashko brought locally-made cheese to a news briefing given by Russian chief health inspector Gennady Onishchenko.

                        In January he brought baseball bats and helmets to protesters who were standing up to police on Hrushevskoho Street. In May, Lyashko featured in a video where, dressed in a black military uniform, he interrogated a handcuffed man who was only dressed in underwear. The man was a high-ranking member of the self-styled Donetsk People’s Republic.

                        Lyashko’s popularity grew as he frequently visited the war zone, taking plenty of photo opportunities with volunteer battalions. In August, Amnesty International, the human rights watchog, accused him of numerous human rights violations in report.

                        “Oleg Lyashko is supposed to be a lawmaker, but he has taken the law into his own hands,” the organization said.

                        He has been involved in many fist fights in parliament, most recently on Aug. 14, when he received a blow from independent lawmaker Oleksandr Shevchenko.

                        Much of his popularity comes from traveling to the regions, speaking in down-to-earth, simple, colloquial Ukrainian language, as well as being a regular guest on the country’s most popular talk shows for the past few years. Inter TV channel, co-owned by former President Viktor Yanukovych’s chief of staff of Serhiy Lyovochkin, has been giving him regular air time frequently. Lyovochkin himself is accused of financially supporting Lyashko. Lyovochkin declined to comment on the issue, and Lyashko denies any connection, preferring to call himself a “people’s project.”

                        But his lifestyle is not that of a commoner. An investigation by 1+1 TV channel aired on Sept. 22 showed that he rides in an S class Mercedes and a private jet, has a luxurious private home in a Kyiv suburb, and travels with at least five bodyguards.

                        Lyashko’s spokesperson Veronika Yakovleva would not comment on his lifestyle, saying the 1+1 expose was no more than a smear campaign “successfully carried out by Ukrainian oligarchs.”

                        Over the last month the rating of Radical Party dropped from almost 20 percent in August to less than 14 percent in September, according to SOCIS. Iryna Bekeshkina, director of Democratic Initiatives Foundation and a trained sociologist, says it’s because of growing competition in the macho candidate niche.

                        But she said Lyashko’s leftover popularity will be enough for his party to piggy-back to parliament.
                        Lyashko’s party set to win seats with radical populism

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                        • #14
                          Poroshenko Bloc, Radical Party, Batkivschyna, Civil Position to win seats on parliament - poll
                          26-09-2014 13:43

                          The Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, Oleh Liashko's Radical Party, the Batkivschyna All-Ukrainian Union and the Civil Position party will win seats in the next Verkhovna Rada, according to a survey conducted by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) at the request of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

                          KIIS Director General Volodymyr Paniotto said at a press conference on Friday that the public opinion poll was conducted from September 5 to September 13. At the same time, 1,613 respondents were interviewed throughout Ukraine, apart from Donbas. In addition, 361 respondents in Donetsk and Luhansk were interviewed through personal interviews or by phone. According to the survey, among "very likely voters," i.e. those who will come to the polls and decided for whom to vote, 26% will support the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, 11% the Radical Party, 8% Batkivschyna, and 6% Civil Position. Some 4% of those polled are ready to vote for the Svoboda Party, 8% for other parties, and 36% were undecided. Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Public Opinion Research at IFES Rakesh Sharma said that the study had been conducted before the announcement that the People's Front Party will participate in the elections, so this political force was not included in the survey results. The study was conducted with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under the law, the Ukrainian parliament is composed of parties that overcome a five percent electoral threshold.Poroshenko Bloc, Radical Party, Batkivschyna, Civil Position to win seats on parliament - poll < News < Home

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                            Poroshenko Bloc, candidates tied to Yanukovych may dominate new parliament
                            Sept. 29, 2014, 3:03 p.m. | Oleg Sukhov

                            Ukraine’s next parliament, slated to be elected on Oct. 26, is likely to be anything but orderly.

                            Though it is expected to have a big share of President Petro Poroshenko’s supporters, it may be a radical, unstable and unpredictable legislature befitting the current revolutionary times. Some pundits even predict that it will be so dysfunctional that it will have to be dissolved next year.

                            Ukraine experienced a similar situation in 2007, when a parliament elected in the wake of the 2005 Orange Revolution was dissolved.

                            Although the next parliament may be more reflective of society, the key question is whether it will be able to overcome the populist tendency to promise more spending than recession-plagued Ukraine can deliver. It is also uncertain whether the new parliament will have a critical mass of lawmakers able to push through changes to liberalize the economy, strengthen democratic institutions, cut government deficits and curb corruption, among other reforms, especially if they prove unpopular with voters.

                            The next Rada is only likely to have 415 members or less out of the usual 450 because there will be no elections in the annexed Crimea and some parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts that are not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.

                            Half of Ukraine's parliament is elected though party lists, which will be the same across the country. Another 213 deputies are scheduled be elected through single-member districts, where the set of candidates will be unique for each constituency. The number will still go down because the Central Election Commission is unlikely to be able to organize elections in some parts of Donbas.

                            The composition of the next Rada will be very different from the current one, according to Olga Aivazovska, head of Ukraine's biggest election watchdog Opora. She says at least 40 percent of the current lawmakers will be replaced. Sociologist Iryna Bekeshkina, head of the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, puts that figure at 60 percent.

                            The new Rada is likely to be more pro-European than the current one, while pro-Russian forces are expected to be an insignificant minority. “There will be no split regarding Russia,” Bekeshkina said.

                            Viktoria Siumar, a candidate on Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk's People’s Front list and ex-deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, said that at least 80 percent of the new parliament members are going to be pro-European.

                            Another difference is that it will include journalists, representatives of civil society and commanders of volunteer battalions who have appeared on the lists of most major parties who have a chance to cross the 5 percent threshold. “The parliament is ceasing to be a closed club for insiders,” Siumar said. “There will be no decision-making behind closed doors.”

                            She also said that the Rada was expected to include reform-minded EuroMaidan activists. But there will be plenty of people who have been a part of the system for a long time and have benefited from it.

                            A consultant of an opposition party who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said that up to 180-200 deputies in the next parliament will be recycled lawmakers of Party of Regions, or close to former President Viktor Yanukovych's supporters such as Rinat Akhmetov and Serhiy Lyovochkin.

                            He said many of those deputies will be elected through single-member districts, while others have been planted into the party lists that have a chance to cross the parliamentary threshold, including the Poroshenko Bloc. The consultant even suggested that there might be an anti-Poroshenko coalition formed in the Rada next spring. Under the current constitution, the coalition gets to appoint most of the Cabinet in Ukraine.

                            Bekeshkina also sees the dangers of unsustainable populist polices and general instability.

                            “The next parliament will be much more radical and unstable and may be dissolved in a year,” political analyst Taras Berezovets said, adding that he doubted it would be able to carry out reforms.

                            Siumar said that major political crises were possible next year, and another snap election would be a good way out. If the next Rada manages to carry out constitutional and economic reforms, a snap election will also be a good way to reboot the political system, she added.

                            According to a poll conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation on Sept. 12-21, 26.9 of those who are planning to vote will choose the Poroshenko Bloc, while Oleh Lyashko’s populist Radical Party was the runner-up with 6.2 percent and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna got 5.5 percent.

                            Former Defense Minister Anatoliy Hrytsenko’s Civil Position, the People’s Front and the nationalist Svoboda party are expected to get 4.6 percent, 3.9 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively. Outsiders included the Communist Party with 3 percent, Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitshchko’s UDAR with 2.8 percent, former Deputy Prime Minister Sergiy Tigipko’s Strong Ukraine with 2.8 percent and Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy’s Samopomich with 1.7 percent.
                            UDAR will participate in the election as part of the Poroshenko Bloc.

                            Berezovets said that the Poroshenko Bloc was likely to control close to half of the next parliament.

                            The Poroshenko Bloc, formerly known as Solidarity, was set up in 2001 but had led a shadowy existence until early 2014, when Poroshenko launched his bid for the presidency. His party list has hoovered up activists and journalists, as well as other political hangers-on.

                            This party is expected to become the backbone of the next Cabinet, which is also likely to include representatives of other pro-European parties. The next Cabinet might theoretically include a mix of representatives of the Poroshenko Bloc, the People’s Front, the Civil Position, which is headed by former Defense Minister Anatoliy Hrytsenko, and Oleh Lyashko's Radical Party, Siumar said. If the People’s Front gets enough votes, Yatsenyuk might remain prime minister, she added.

                            Hrytsenko, leader of the Civil Position, told the Kyiv Post that the party would consider participating in the government coalition if the next Cabinet shared its ideas. Poroshenko Bloc, candidates tied to Yanukovych may dominate new parliament

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