Monday, July 25, 2005

Here's a translation of that Ukrainska Pravda piece about Victor Yushchenko's 19-year-old son and a BMW M6 he's driving around Kyiv.

It's not surprising that the president's son has grown up to be a very spoiled young man - I still remember stories about Vova Shcherbitsky, grandson of Vladimir Shcherbitsky, first secretary of the Communist Party of Ukraine from 1972 to 1989. Last time I heard about Vova was sometime back in 1992 or 1993: due to various family problems and tragedies, he ended up being drafted into the army, a fate that befalls most ordinary Ukrainian males - but is highly unlikely for someone of Vova's status.

What's surprising is that Yushchenko's son has become newsworthy only now; I wonder if he was any better when his father was Ukraine's prime minister and, before that, head of Ukraine's National Bank. I don't think he'll end up in the army anytime soon - but maybe somewhere in Switzerland, or in London, or on some nice, undemanding American campus, any place where he'd be out of the ordinary Ukrainians' sight?..

1 comment:

  1. What a disaster. This is what happens when one is guided by emotion and not intellect.
    But trust family and friends to do you in, every single time. "sharper than a serpent's tooth ..."

    07.27.05 - 7:25 am