Thursday, April 14, 2005

Minister of internal affairs Lutsenko had an online chat at Ukrainska Pravda yesterday - they are luring the readers in by calling his answers "sensational" - though very few seem to be worth even a very quick read. Except for this one, perhaps - Lutsenko's response about the Tymoshenko incident and our relations with Russia in general:

I can't speak for Russia's Prosecutor General's Office. I can only confirm the information that YVT [Tymoshenko] has been taken off the Interpol's wanted list by the Russian Federation 2-3 weeks ago.

But I think the matter goes further than this. According to some data, the Russian chauvinists are preparing for a broadscale action aimed at repeating 1937 in Ukraine. In any case, the corresponding moves by Zatulin have already been detected.

I've no idea what Lutsenko means by this 1937 redux thing. I think he's being overly dramatic.

I've never heard about this Zatulin person until now - but he's got a website of his own (in Russian), so I learned that he's a Duma deputy, member of that pro-Putin monster, United Russia, sounds very, very hurt and concerned about what's going on in Ukraine, and "positions" himself as The Defender to his electorate, whatever that means.

I still don't understand how any movements by someone as pathetic could be interpreted as the beginning of a 1937 redux.

As for the Interpol and Tymoshenko, Ukrainska Pravda has just reported (in Ukrainian) that the search warrant would be re-activated as soon as Tymoshenko loses her immunity.

Also, Ukrainska Pravda points to a story in the Russian Nezavisimaya Gazeta, which claims that Tymoshenko may resign within the next few days. Citing some unnamed guy from Tymoshenko's faction, Nezavisimaya writes this:

According to the deputy, the reason the latest scandals broke out was Tymoshenko's intention to visit Moscow in order to agree on strengthening cooperation, at a time when Yushchenko is preparing to negotiate Ukraine's NATO and EU membership, and is also about to attend the GUUAM summit in Chisinau, which may put an end to the existence of the CIS.

The second reason is yesterday's arrival to Kyiv of Boris Berezovsky's representatives. The very fact of their arrival has significantly strengthened the position of one person close to Yushchenko, the head of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council Petro Poroshenko, whose relations with Yulia Tymoshenko aren't too good. "If she [Tymoshenko - NG] gives in to the pressure and signs her resignation papers, it'll be Poroshenko who gets the premiership," thinks the deputy.

Lyndon of Scraps of Moscow wrote in a comment to the previous post that Radio Ekho Moskvy had also been talking about the possibility of Tymoshenko's resignation: "rumor-mongering and speculation seasoned with bias is what it looks like to me." Exactly.

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