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    Re: Bric-a-Brac

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    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.


    One of the cases in which former Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko dragged his feet. The murder of Kherson political activist Kateryna Handziuk who was attacked with sulfuric acid on 31 July 2018 and died from her injuries on 4 November 2018. The Deputy Mayor of Kherson was eventually arrested as a part of the five person murder conspiracy.


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    In Independence Square, Kyiv, thousands joined a protest rally today against the Steinmeier Formula and potential concessions to Russia on the Donbas conflict resolution.

    Although his poll popularity still hovers around 72%, I'm beginning to think that President Zelenskyy is losing a good proportion of Ukrainian citizens on his Donbas peace initiative because he has not explained to the people what he is doing, in what chronological order, and what are his "red-lines". What he probably should do is hold a well-publicized and televised town-hall to speak to the nation and then field questions from citizens and media alike. This issue could split Ukrainian society and initiate another Maidan revolution if it is not resolved. Poroshenko is already harping on this publicly.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac

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    Chief of Staff for the Zelenskyy Administration Andrei Bohdan

    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. Bohdan is circled. Azarov is second from the right.

    It seems Bohdan 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, Bohdan was a high priced financial lawyer for Kolomoisky. After a state audit, PrivatBank was found to be missing $5.5 billion dollars. (embezzled?)
    It also turns out that as a former official in the corrupt government of pro-Russia and convicted of treason president Viktor Yanukovych, Bohdan should not be legally able to again hold a government position due to the Lustration Law (no pro-Russia officials can hold public office in Ukraine). Zelenskyy/Bohdan have temporarily maneuvered around this by creating a new high government office not listed in the Lustration Law. Zelenskyy passed over a Supreme Court candidate (Larysa Holnyk) who brought this to the public's attention. It seems that Bohdan has also paid a visit with the Supreme Court candidate that was selected by Zelenskyy. By coincidence (not at all), the SC will hear arguments on whether the 2014 Lustration Law is constitutional.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac

    278 MP's in Parliament passed bill No. 0906 which changes some military ranks to conform to NATO standards. The bill also authorizes changing the name of regiment to brigade and accordingly, the regiment commander will now be the brigade commander. As of today, there are the following army ranks of ordinary, sergeant and petty officers: common soldier; senior soldier; junior sergeant; sergeant; foreman; warrant officer; senior warrant officer. The bill changes these ranks into recruit; soldier; senior soldier; junior sergeant; sergeant; senior sergeant; first sergeant; staff sergeant; master sergeant; senior master sergeant; and chief master sergeant. It is also proposed to change naval ranks: there will be no more midshipmen, but there will be chief foreman, master foreman, senior master foreman, and chief master foreman. To date Ukraine has changed 600 items in the military to be NATO compliant.



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    Re: Bric-a-Brac

    When I was staying in Kyiv, it was in a pretty nice neighborhood. So I endeavored one day to find the "rough side of town". Kyiv is subdivided into distinct neighborhoods. Walking down the street I asked a number of people I passed where such a place could be, the dangerous section of Kyiv? Many people mentioned Troieshchyna, a large neighborhood of Kyiv located on the city's northern left-bank. So I boarded a trolley bus and off I went. Disembarking, I looked around. Large apartment buildings with lots of green space. About 5 young teens were walking towards me so I said hello and inquired where could I find the Gopnik's (a slang derogatory term used to describe a street punk) in Troieshchyna. They had a good laugh and explained there are really no Gopnik's here. We walked for a bit talking and kicking it (they didn't meet many Americans) and said I could probably find Gopnik's in the neighboring Borshchahivka neighborhood. Back on the trolley bus and in no time was deposited in the Borshchahivka neighborhood. This looked very middle class with nice buildings and inviting parks. I asked an elderly walking couple where the dangerous part of Borshchahivka might be. They looked at me like I was from Mars and she said that there are no dangerous places in Borshchahivka. Okay. I kept walking and came across about four middle age housewives gathered around a fenced-off big hole in the sidewalk shooting the ****. Obviously, something below the sidewalk had to be repaired, probably a broken pipe. I asked them about dangerous places in Borshchahivka. They laughed and said the most dangerous place is right here ... this open pit. We laughed and off I went across the street into a park. Very busy. People grilling and having picnics. I stopped at a group of about ten young people roasting marshmallows and asked the question. Voila! About half of the ten here could speak English. The most dangerous place in Borshchahivka? There is no dangerous place here, you might want to try neighboring Troieshchyna. Waving goodbye I said Spasibo and started the journey back to my upscale neighborhood.

    Don't get me wrong. Bad things can and do happen in Kyiv just like everywhere else. But there are no "bad neighborhoods". Things might be different in other cities. I know in Odesa there are certain areas (I wouldn't call them seedy) with gambling houses, strip joints and brothels, but the city (and local crime bosses) watch very closely because they don't want foreign tourists and sailors (Odesa is a port city) afraid to visit such establishments to spend money and enjoy themselves.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac

    [QUOTE=Rogue Valley;1070201823]For events that happen in Ukraine and Russia, but generally not found in articles outside of Ukrainian and Russian language media.




    Ivan Bakanov

    With no experience in the intelligence service, law enforcement, or the military, Bakanov is not qualified and ill-suited for this position.
    Say it to NATO female defense ministers.And you are talking about 'democracy' Of course Bandera SS Killers would be more appropriate for you

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    Re: Bric-a-Brac

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    For events that happen in Ukraine and Russia, but generally not found in articles outside of Ukrainian and Russian language media.




    Ivan Bakanov



    Say it to NATO female defense ministers.And you are talking about 'democracy' Of course Bandera SS Killers would be more appropriate for you

    Show us in the 2014 and 2019 elections which Ukraine voting districts were won by far-right candidates.

    I'll give you until tomorrow morning and then I'll post the data.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac

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    Show us in the 2014 and 2019 elections which Ukraine voting districts were won by far-right candidates.

    I'll give you until tomorrow morning and then I'll post the data.
    As promised .....



    The 2014 election above. The solitary yellow-dot to the left-edge (near Poland) is the only district in all of Ukraine that voted for the far-right/nationalist candidate Oleh Tyahnybok.
    One of his assistants sat in Parliament until 2016 and then resigned. This seat remained vacant until the 2019 election.





    The 2019 election above. Anatoliy Hrytsenko (Gritsenko) failed to capture any voting districts. Oleh Lyashko (who served 4 years in prison for embezzlement) lost his parliamentary seat.

    Now it's your turn. Kindly show us the Nazis/Bandara's/far-right/nationalists in the Ukraine government.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac

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    U.S. Lawmakers Invite Ukraine's Former National Bank Chief After Reports Of Attacks


    Valeria Gontareva speaks during an interview in London on September 14.

    9/19/19
    The former governor of the National Bank of Ukraine has been invited to the United States to address lawmakers after she was nearly run over and her home set ablaze. Representative Marcy Kaptur (Democrat-Ohio) told a Washington conference on September 18 that she was troubled by the attacks against Valeria Gontareva, who fought corruption as Ukraine's top banker. "I am trying to get her here to address us in some manner," said Kaptur, who is the co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. "We are following those events very closely, and the idea that fear and crime and murder and destruction are the path of the future is one that we simply don’t accept." Gontareva and her family have faced a series of attacks over the past month in what she says is retaliation for her actions to clean up the banking sector as chief of the central bank from June 2014 to May 2017. The attacks have raised concern in the United States, the biggest supporter of Ukraine, about tycoon influence over the country's novice president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

    Hontareva’s residence in the village of Horenychi outside Kyiv was set ablaze in the early morning hours of September 17. That attack followed the torching of her daughter-in-law's car outside the family home in central Kyiv on September 5. Gontareva was struck by a car in London and hospitalized on August 26. The car drove off and the driver has yet to be found. London police are investigating the incident. Gontareva told RFE/RL earlier this week that she believed that her enemies, including tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskiy, are going after her over her decision in 2016 to nationalize PrivatBank. Kolomoyskiy is now contesting that decision in court.
    I would suggest that oligarch Kolomoyskiy is certainly a person of interest. The Zelenskyy administration would do well to distance itself from this individual asap.
    Song Mocking Ex-Central Bank Chief Sparks Outrage In Ukraine

    This looks terrible for Zelenskyy as it should. His television production company Kvartal 95 comedian Yevhen Koshoviy and the famed Hryhoriy Veryovka Folk Choir sang a traditional Ukrainian folk song (The Flaming Pine Is Burning) with the words changed to mock the burning down of former National Bank head Valeria Hontareva's home in Kyiv a few months ago . Hontareva nationalized PrivatBank in 2016 due to an audit that could not account for a missing $5.5 billion. The bank belonged to oligarch and Zelenskyy friend Igor Kolomoisky who is trying to get it back through the courts. A Molotov Cocktail ignited the home of Hontareva and at almost the same time she was struck by a hit and run driver in London (never apprehended).

    The directer of the Hryhoriy Veryovka Folk Choir, Zenoviy Korinets, said he regrets the participation of the Choir. It is things like this that are beginning to change the perception of Ukrainians towards Zelenskyy. This has every appearance that Zelenskyy is in bed with oligarchs and has sent that message to foreign investors who are complaining. Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk is trying to walk-back the damage done here.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac

    Head of President's Office Andriy Bohdan met with ambassadors of the G7 countries, at which the PO representatives for the 1st time unambiguously stated that there were no grounds for the return of the state-owned PrivatBank to its former shareholders. This is in addition to the pressure from the IMF.


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