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Ukrainians should not be afraid of telling the truth

February 28, 2011

Interfax-Ukraine
Former Prime Minister of Ukraine and Batkivschyna leader Yulia Tymoshenko has proposed a plan for fighting against the current authorities, the first step of which she said would be to release truthful information.

Former Prime Minister of Ukraine and Batkivschyna leader Yulia Tymoshenko has proposed a plan for fighting against the current authorities, the first step of which she said would be to release truthful information.

“What should people do today who do not want such government? First of all – do not be afraid! … A plan of battle is needed that is clear to every patriot and that everybody can take part in. The first step of this plan is to combat the numbing of the mind,” Tymoshenko said in a statement posted on her personal Web site.

She said freedom of speech “exists on the Internet, there are honest journalists, there is the truth, but not everybody has access to the Internet.”

Tymoshenko said she believed that the government could be changed only “when people begin to see clearly, when they understand.”

“And let Yanukovych today celebrate his anniversary [the first year of coming to power] and try to convince himself that he [will be in power] seriously and for a long period of time. We do not agree with him, and state that the mafia will not govern Ukraine! We will not allow this!” Tymoshenko wrote.

What a brilliant idea!

Let’s start by, as she says, the “release truthful information”. Forget all the partisan bickering from politicians and paid commentators and biased experts who rely on a political faction for funding.  Let’s have the truth.  Let’s have cold hard facts for the court of public opinion to judge.  Not just current truths and future truths, let’s be able to look at the past as well.

Let’s see for ourselves, the gas deal she signed with Putin.  Let’s see for ourselves the government accounts so we can see if Kyoto funds were temporarily diverted from their purpose.  Let’s see the evidence against the officials from her time in government and throw it out the the jury of Ukrainian public opinion.  Let’s see the government procurements, middle-men, shell companies and facilitations fees involved, past and present.

Whilst we are at it, let’s release the documents relating to Yushenko’s poisoning, the Gongladze murder, the documents relating to her association with former ministers currently jailed in the US for money laundering.

No Ukrainian should be afraid of telling the truth, so let’s “release truthful information” from the Kravchuk, Kuchma, Yushenko and Yanukovych presidencies.   Let’s allow the public to scruitinise that past 18 years of government contracts, accounts, payments, properties, sales and purchases.  Let’s allow the Ukrainian public the opportunity of their own forensic accounting and Internet detective work.

Where ever the brown smelly stuff falls from the “release truthful information” then let it fall, even if it means her white Louis Vuitton handbag and designer suit get some unfortunate and difficult to remove stains upon it.

Leaders lead by example, so Ms Tymoshenko, so let’s have it then – you’ve no need to be afraid of the truth!

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