Page 8 of 12 FirstFirst ... 678910 ... LastLast
Results 71 to 80 of 119

Thread: Bric-a-Brac

  1. #71
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Rogue Valley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 07:43 PM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    39,036

    Re: Bric-a-Brac



    Above - President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and wife Olena (pink dress) in New York with representatives of the US Ukrainian community.

    Zelenskyy, who is Jewish, also met with representatives of the US Jewish community while in New York.


    GOP = Gang Of Putin

  2. #72
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Rogue Valley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 07:43 PM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    39,036

    Re: Bric-a-Brac


    Chief of Staff for the Zelenskyy Administration Andrei Bogdan

    This character I don't trust as far as I can spit. He is very close to Zelenskyy (a lawyer for his Kvartal 95 Production Company), and was formally a lawyer for Ukraine oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. I have found out that Bogdan accompanied Viktor Yanukovych era Prime Minister Mykola Azarov for talks with Russian officials in St. Petersburg on November 19-20, 2013. The day after this delegation returned to Ukraine from Russia, Yanukovych stopping preparations for Ukraine to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. His crossing the Russian border on the days noted is denoted in the internal system of the Ukraine Border Guards. What exactly was Bohdan's position on changing the geopolitical course toward Russia could not be teased out. He systematically refuses to answer the questions of investigative journalists. A written request to the President's Office was also answered by a refusal to interview. After the abdication of Yanukovych in February, 2014, Mykola also fled to Russia. Ukraine has issued an international arrest warrant on Mykola Azarov for official Abuse of Power. Interpol has a Red Flag on him on charges of 'Misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by malversation, if committed in respect of an especially gross amount, or by an organized group.'


    In St. Petersburg. Bogdan is circled. Azarov is second from the right.

    It seems Bogdan is also responsible for the yesterday resignation of Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexander Danilyuk. It seems the two have been at odds since the Zelenskyy election victory. Danilyuk was one of the backers of Ukraine's privatization of the PrivatBank Group owned by oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. Remember, Bogdan was a high priced financial lawyer for Kolomoisky. After a state audit, PrivatBank was found to be missing $5.5 billion dollars. (embezzled?)


    GOP = Gang Of Putin

  3. #73
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Rogue Valley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 07:43 PM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    39,036

    Re: Bric-a-Brac

    Why Zelenskyy needs a new chief of staff now


    President Zelenskyy and Andriy Bohdan (from left) watch as former prisoner in Russia Oleg Sentsov is greeted
    by his daughter Alina Sentsova at Kyiv's Boryspils Airport.


    9/27/19
    There are many things one can say about Andriy Bohdan, arguably the most powerful or second most powerful man in Ukraine. He’s jolly and wicked smart. He will work for anyone and he has. He’s also press shy. But one thing is indisputable: his actual views are unknown. A new RFE/RL Schemes investigation may shed light on Bohdan’s views toward Russia and the West. It reveals that Bohdan was part of a Ukrainian government delegation led by former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, who flew to St. Petersburg for negotiations on November 19-20, 2013. The next day, after the delegation returned, the Ukrainian government abruptly changed its geopolitical course toward Russia, suspending the association agreement with the European Union. Yanukovych was trying to keep Ukraine in Russia’s orbit. The rest is history: Yanukovych’s decision provoked massive public unrest and resulted in the protracted and dramatic Revolution of Dignity from 2013-2014 that eventually put the country on a pro-Western path. RFE/RL Schemes journalists could not ascertain Bohdan’s position about Ukraine rapidly changing its geopolitical course in November 2013 and his office didn’t respond to a written request. This is unfortunately typical behavior. Bohdan systematically refuses to answer questions from journalists, he called journalists “corrupt” and said they need to “purify” themselves in a rare interview with the BBC.

    The investigation also found that Prime Minister Azarov awarded Bohdan an honorary diploma from the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in the midst of the Maidan crisis. “It appears that Andriy Bohdan accepted this award at the time when protesters’ tents were already on Khreshchatyk. He took this award after Berkut beat student protesters. And he received it from Prime Minister Azarov, whose government stopped Eurointegration,” the investigation found. Bohdan stayed in the position throughout the Revolution of Dignity and was fired on March 5, 2014. Zelenskyy has a lot on his plate now, but Bohdan has some explaining to do.
    Bohdan has long been a lawyer for Zelenskyy's Kvartel 95 television production company and I'm sure Zelenskyy trusts him explicitly.

    But I have always maintained that Bohdan is going to cost Zelenskyy politically at some point in time. He has that "sleaze aura" about him.


    GOP = Gang Of Putin

  4. #74
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Rogue Valley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 07:43 PM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    39,036

    Re: Bric-a-Brac

    Two individuals at the heart of Trumps Ukraine saga.....



    Former Ukraine Prosecutor General (2015-2016) Viktor Shokin.

    Shokin was appointed PG by the Ukraine interrum government in the immediate wake of Euromaidan. Extremely corrupt and non-performing, President Petro Poroshenko was forced to demand Shokin's resignation in 2016 due to incessant pressures from Ukrainian government reformers, legal/rule of law NGO's, volunteer military battalions, and military veterans. Also by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. Shokin has sued in court to be re-instated as Prosecutor General.



    Former Ukraine Prosecutor General (2016-2019) Yuriy Lutsenko.

    Lutsenko, who does not have a law degree, was a parliament MP appointed by President Petro Poroshenko to succeed Shokin due to his loyalty to the Petro Poroshenko political bloc. Lutsenko also tended to drag his feet on the high profile cases that ordinary Ukrainians deeply cared about. Lutsenko resigned in April 2019 after Zelenskyy's Servant of the People party won a landslide victory for Parliament seats. His wife is a parliament MP from the Petro Poroshenko European Solidarity political party.



    Current Ukraine Prosecutor General Ruslan Riaboshapka (2019-?).

    Riaboshapka was appointed by Zelenskyy and this appointment was confirmed by Parliament. Riaboshapka was formally a deputy chief of staff for the recently elected President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky being responsible for its legal department and the relationship of the Zelenskyy with courts. In 2013–2014 Riaboshapka for about six months worked for Transparency International Ukraine and then was a deputy minister of Justice of Ukraine. Worked as a member of the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (NAZK - 2016/2017) but resigned in protest during a crisis. He called for a re-launching of the agency and appointing new leadership due to its poor task performance over checking the electronic asset declarations of politicians.


    GOP = Gang Of Putin

  5. #75
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Rogue Valley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 07:43 PM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    39,036

    Re: Bric-a-Brac



    The way President Volodymyr Zelensky has concentrated power in his hands is unprecedented in Ukraine’s history.

    How Zelensky concentrates power or the Presidential-Bohdan Republic


    GOP = Gang Of Putin

  6. #76
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Rogue Valley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 07:43 PM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    39,036

    Re: Bric-a-Brac



    Presidential spokeswoman Yulia Mendel (above) pushing journalist Serhiy Andrushko from RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service. She also pushed RFE/RL's Kyiv correspondent Christopher Miller on September 13. The Ukraine Union of Journalists has demanded a public apology and her promise to not put her hands on any more members of the media. She reminds me of a conniving person like Trump aide Kellyanne Conway. I think she also needs to go. It is becoming apparent that Zelenskyy has not surrounded himself with the best people.


    GOP = Gang Of Putin

  7. #77
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Rogue Valley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 07:43 PM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    39,036

    Re: Bric-a-Brac

    Zelensky has appointed Oksana Blazhyvska to the High Council of Justice. She is the daughter of a top prosecutor who worked for Viktor Pshonk, who served as Prosecutor General for ex-President Viktor Yanukovych. Blazhyvska has violated professional ethics and integrity standards and asset declaration rules, according to the AutoMaidan anti-corruption watchdog, the Anti-Corruption Action Center, the DEJURE legal think tank and Transparency International Ukraine. Her sister, Natalia Blazhyvska, also got a career boost from her discredited father and is currently a justice of the Supreme Court.

    Oksana Blazhyvska’s assets do not match her income, according to an investigation by AutoMaidan’s PROSUD judiciary oversight project. This tells us that she is hiding assets, or not declaring known assets.

    Zelenskyy missed the mark here by appointing a person of dubious ethical standards. He should have appointed Judge Larysa Golnyk, a ferocious judicial reformer.

    Two other candidates for the High Council of Justice have been identified by several anti-corruption watchdogs as not meeting integrity standards. Anzhelika Krusyan, a former prosecutor, has links to Serhiy Kivalov, a former ally of Yanukovych. She is a top executive at Kivalov’s Odesa Legal Academy, and her assets do not match her income, according to anti-corruption watchdogs. Another candidate, Judge Mykhailo Kobal, has issued questionable rulings, including those in favor of Yanukovych’s Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk. The High Council of Justice has found that he violated procedural norms.

    Another fail by Zelenskyy.


    GOP = Gang Of Putin

  8. #78
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Rogue Valley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 07:43 PM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    39,036

    Re: Bric-a-Brac

    The Ukraine SBI (State Bureau of Investigation) has opened criminal proceedings into the alleged abuse of power by former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko.

    Lutsenko has been named in a preliminary conspiracy with a number of former MPs (Members of Parliament) and other persons that promoted the illegal gambling business.

    Lutsenko is the former chief prosecutor who was being courted by Rudy Guiliani to dig up dirt on the Bidens.

    Yesterday Lutsenko left Ukraine for the United Kingdom for a month and a half “to take English lessons.”

    I told y'all that Lutsenko was corrupt and dirty.


    GOP = Gang Of Putin

  9. #79
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Rogue Valley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 07:43 PM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    39,036

    Re: Bric-a-Brac

    Had a nice conversation with a MP (Member of Parliament) from the majority Servant of the People's Party about how they organize legislation etc. In Ukraine’s mixed electoral system, half of all Members of Parliament are elected by the plurality/majoritarian voting system and the other half are elected through the proportional representation system. The majoritarians are more autonomous and can even withdraw from the party, unlike their counterparts. Being so large (254 MPs) the hierarchy has apportioned 15 Groups of 15-20 MPs under a "Group Leader". This Group Leader is in daily communication with his/her 15-20 MPs via a Group Chat Room in WhatsApp. Information flows both down and up. Group Leaders also help MPs to hire assistants and craft legislation. Only 50 MPs of SOTP bloc are authorized to speak with the media, appear on TV/radio shows etc. Every week, Servant of the People holds a large party meeting. Special guests typically include the President, the Prime Minister, Cabinet ministers and members of the Presidential Office. Andriy Bohdan, head of the Presidential Office is always present. "Button-pushing" is strictly prohibited in the SOTP bloc and a law will be passed soon to legally forbid this practice. Button-pushing means voting for legislation by pushing the appropriate button (yes/no/abstain) of a missing MP in the next seat or seats.


    Examples of "button pushing" during the previous convocation (8th) of the Verkhovna Rada.

    Initially, SOTP party MPs followed the program without question. Especially the less independent proportional representatives. It was feared by some that this convocation of the Verkhovna Rada would become a presidential rubber-stamp parliament like what exists in Russia. Recently however, the majoritarian MPs have found a spine and are actually reading and considering legislation before voting on it. MPs recently voted down legislation crafted by the Presidents Office that would have allowed an investigation into a MP to continue virtually indefinitely.


    GOP = Gang Of Putin

  10. #80
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Rogue Valley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 07:43 PM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    39,036

    Re: Bric-a-Brac

    According the the The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture, Ukraine plans to finalize a list of 800 enterprises available for privatization in the near future.

    The Verkhovna Rada passed the law No.1054-1 which allows the privatization of all enterprises in this sector except for strategic ones.


    GOP = Gang Of Putin

Page 8 of 12 FirstFirst ... 678910 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •