For a moment, it looked like hot water was coming back: mama said that something was actually running from our hot water tap - and it seemed not ice cold at first, though not warm, either - but then, to our disappointment, it turned ice cold. There was some hope (and maybe there still is) - because Kyiv prosecutor's office has ordered KyivEnergo to restore hot water supply, and Yushchenko has given similar orders to Chernovetsky.
On the news, some guy from Naftogaz talked about the debts of Kyiv and sounded as if he was someone from Gazprom talking about the debts of Ukraine.
On Savik Shuster's show (and Shuster himself is without hot water now), another Naftogaz guy sounded pretty aggressive towards Chernovetsky. Rightly so, I guess. Chernovetsky is unbelievably inadequate.
But this Naftogaz guy sounded incredibly inadequate himself when he attacked Vitaly Portnikov, who is very sweet and smart and said something that made lots of sense about this whole hot water situation. (And by the end of his appearance on the show, the Naftogaz guy was acting like a total nut - worse than Chernovetsky. Scary shit.)
And it is still not clear whether our hot water will ever return, despite this very long and high-pitched conversation.
Hanna Herman was the only one who brought up Ukraine's debt to Russia, but it sort of got lost in the whole domestic thing.
(Later, she also asked Chernovetsky to tell everyone when exactly we are going to have our hot water back. He said on Monday, after we all rally in front of Naftogaz.)
And it's not clear who the real asshole is - Chernovetsky or Naftogaz. I agree with Portnikov here - both are assholes.
The guy from Naftogaz is totally anti-consumer: the argument that I, a consumer, have paid my bills and thus deserve to have hot water, is not working for him at all: he yells at people who tell him this stuff - Portnikov and some other guy.
Amazing how much this whole situation and the arguments used resemble what we've already seen more than once with Gazprom...
Tomas Tsintsabadze showed up at Shuster's show - all of a sudden, together with his wife, doctor and Oleksandr Moroz's son-in-law - and sounded a bit too out of context. What he was saying was important: prosecutor general's office has taken away his Ukrainian passport, right after the publication of his Ukrainska Pravda interview (RUS) on Yushchenko's alleged poisoning. But his style is so unbearably mafia-style it's almost funny.
Lawyer Tetyana Montyan (who, as far as I remember, used to be friends with Moroz's comrade Tsushko) looked at the paper Tsintsabadze had signed today, asked him a few questions and announced that he shouldn't have signed it - because the paper said something that Tsintsabadze claimed was not true. She made them all look somewhat uncomfortable, I think. Moroz's son-in-law (who is also Georgian and whose name I don't remember) joked that Tsintsabadze knew nothing about laws and that the guys at the prosecutor's office basically forced him into signing the thing (yeah, right), and that perhaps Montyan should be his lawyer - and Montyan seemed to smile a very peculiar smile back at Moroz's son-in-law, a smile I don't know how to interpret.
In the Naftogaz/Chernovetsky/Ministry of Communal Services argument Montyan sounded way cool - talked about the lack of transparency in the way Naftogaz and KyivEnergo work, and about the abundance of bullshit that ordinary Ukrainians have to take from all these politicians. One of the points she made was that even though the communal services minister said that we could all go and sue Naftogaz now, this was crap, because we could only sue our ZhEKs, and our ZhEKs could sue whoever it is that they have agreements on gas supply with, and, basically, Naftogaz is safe because there's no use for ordinary Ukrainians to try and sue the bastards - because the law does not allow us to do it directly.
Ha-ha, Yulia called Chernovetsky inadequate, too - earlier today. He retorted on Shuster's show that she lied when she said she didn't have hot water, like many other ordinary people in Kyiv: according to Chernovetsky, Yulia lives in a $20-million house, is his son's neighbor and isn't affected by the hot water crisis in any way.
Chernovetsky keeps calling his wife's family and children Georgian - while I thought they were ethnic Armenians. Or not? Armenians from Georgia? Like the father of Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov?
Savik Shuster's show is totally addictive. Initially, I was planning to post a brief hot water update - and ended up taking notes like a student for two hours in a row...