Archive for January 20th, 2012

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A truly disgraceful state of affairs

January 20, 2012

There are times when things must be said robustly and this would appear to be such a situation.

Notwithstanding the human rights of Lutsenko, and erring on the side of his illness being genuine despite every formerly fit and well opposition politician currently languishing in Ukrainian State custody immediately developing severe illness problems that never bothered them previously, thus causing many to raise an eyebrow (if not outright skepticism), there is a absolute prima facie case of tampering with evidence by the prosecutor.

Not only is there a case to suggest tampering with evidence, but there is overt witness testimony to witness intimidation.

A truly disgraceful state of affairs whether Lutsenko is ultimately guilty or not.

I thoroughly commend Ms Vasylenko for her principled and courageous stand in setting the record straight publicly and in front of the court.  It is not an easy decision to put principle before career, particularly having climbed as high as she obviously has.

Granted Lutsenko is no better than any other politician, he was indeed as useless as 99% of all Ukrainian politicians and probably just as corrupt, but if he is as genuinely ill as is being reported, then he is in no way fit to stand trial.  If he is not as ill as is reported, which historically has been the precedent for Ukrainian politicians who fall out of favour undermining any blind faith in any reported illness, that does not change the evidence given by Ms Vasylenko.  A woman it seems with more “balls” than the men who work within the system!

Will she now mysteriously lose her job or will she be giving evidence against the prosecutor in the future should he be brought to account?

That is the question.

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Bureaucratic streamlining ahead in Ukraine?

January 20, 2012

Is bureaucratic streamlining ahead in Ukraine?

As anybody who takes note of the myriad of international reports relating to the ability to do business will know, Ukraine consistently fails to improve.

The biggest gripes are with customs, both speed of clearance and levies, and VAT claims.  All other problems can be overcome with a steely will and unending patience.

Why is such determination necessary? – According to the Ukrainian Prime Minister, “despite decisive actions in the sphere of deregulation, so far 88 bodies have powers of control, 37 issue permission documents, 34 issue and cancel licenses, and 21 bodies have the authority to stop or suspend economic activity.

This situation is unacceptable for the government and business.”

Well, I’ll give that man one of my finest cigars, but I won’t light it for him just yet.

A truly mind-boggling bureaucratic labyrinth of unnecessary administrative control via a completely unjustifiable number of entities.  Each and every one of these 88 organs of State officiousness is of course open to corrupt “administrative fees” should you face the wrong person on the wrong day.

Mr Azarov then publicly instructed those in charge of the ministries of Trade and Economic Development as well as the Deputy Prime Minister to  “finally remove this year the distorted and pernicious system of relations between the state and businesses, which restricts economic freedoms.”

Now if that happens this year, I will not only give him one of my finest cigars, I will light it for him as well!

As ever though, ineffective implementation will be the cause of such a necessary streamlining failing and nobody will be held accountable when it does fail.

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