Archive for August, 2011

UKRAINIAN AUGUST

August 31, 2011

For me August 24th , Independence Day,was always a day of special joy and pride. I always tried to stay in Kyiv in late August ­­– to stroll along its main street with the crowd, to enjoy the animated babble of people round you, to watch fireworks while standing on Volodymyrska Hill. This year was different. The fireworks were refused officially about a week before the holiday (the explanation: “no money”). The demonstrations were banned on the eve. Yulia Tymoshenko, the opposition leader, is jailed. However, the opposition defied the ban and there were clashes between the police and demonstrators. The police used tear gas to disperse the multitude. It was like in the time of war. Do you know any other country which would celebrate its national jubilee that way? It was reported that in the town of Cherkassy (Central Ukraine) the most entertaining event of the holiday was throwing darts at the enlarged picture of the Ukrainian Premier. He was portrayed as one who makes an insulting gesture in response to people’s wish to have better standards of living.

The word “government” is too civilized a word for this thuggish, vindictive group from Donetsk who wield power. They’ve got no national vision for Ukraine. The president has filled his office with cronies few of whom even speak Ukrainian. Today the Ukrainian Minister of Education made a Freudian slip. While speaking in Dniepropetrovsk to teachers he said: “According to a survey published at the World Economic  Forum in Davos Ukraine is 56th as regards educational standards and we are in the 72nd place.” Mr. Tabachnik was right quoting the results of the survey but his “we” revealed his subconscious mind: the 72nd position is occupied by Russia. No wonder that the system of education in Ukraine is being reshaped after the Russian pattern!

One other news today: the man who had killed the Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2000 (Pukach) said that a few days after the murder he was introduced to the present-day speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Mr. Lytvyn (12 years ago Lytvyn was the then-President Kuchma’s right hand). The man who introduced Pukach to Lytvyn was Mr. Kravchenko, the Minister of the Interior. In Pukach’s presence Mr. Kravchenko asked Mr. Lytvyn to assure the President that the Ukrainian police were ready to fulfill any of the President’s orders.

That’s all there is to it. The pictures I downloaded from the Internet give a visual touch to this narration. This last one is a satirical photo-collage of how the President could have greeted the people on Independence Day

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