Ukraine's President Defends His Record

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's struggling President Viktor Yushchenko defended his record nearly two years after the popular uprising that swept him to power, claiming to have brought his country in out of the cold internationally amid strong economic growth.


Ukraine's struggling President Viktor Yushchenko, defended his record nearly two years after the popular uprising that swept him to power, claiming to have brought his country in out of the cold internationally amid strong economic growth

"Ukraine has taken a course she can be proud of," Yushchenko told a news conference here, claiming his country had emerged from the "international isolation" it suffered under former leader Leonid Kuchma who was frozen out by the West.

The pro-Western Yushchenko also cited sharp economic progress in the former Soviet state. Growth was up 6.5 percent during the first 10 months of 2006 compared to the same period last year, while personal income had grown 20 percent since the first six months of 2006, he said.

A record 1.7 billion dollars (1.3 billion euros) was invested in Ukraine in the first 10 months of 2006, he added, up from 490 million dollars in the same period last year.

He also claimed improvements in media freedom and in the "dialogue between government and businesses" in the country.

Support for Yushchenko has plummeted in recent months, despite the landslide that swept him to power in the so-called Orange Revolution election victory of 2004 amid popular outrage over vote-rigging in favour of his pro-Russian rival Viktor Yanukovych.

Yushchenko's presidency has since been fraught with political in-fighting and months of crisis this year after March parliamentary elections resulted in deadlock on forming a governing coalition.

His popularity rating fell below 10 percent in a recent poll, with the public apparently disappointed that infighting has prevented him from enacting reforms.

Source: AFP

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Anonymous said…
There are many true patriots in the world that are under attack by National Intelligence Services which do not have adequate government controls and oversight.

Including and most specifically the United States, where services are rapidly adopting foreign intimidation and surpression tactics.

Victims of unethical conduct by intelligence agents both highly trained and under trained have no path of recourse within the US Judicial System or political system.

Intelligence operatives and ("Assets") of operatives in New York City are operating with impunity from Law Enforcement, Controls or congressional oversight.

Alexander Litvinenko knew the risks he was taking but has bravely brought a face to this global crisis situation. His sacrifice for truth is to be applauded and the perpetrators should be brought to justice.

We should all pray for his recovery and ("Rule of Law") to be restored in the UK via punitive PNG measures against foreign services operating within the country.

This ("primitive behavior") is totally unacceptable in the civilized world.

Unfortunately this public case is only the tip of the very large iceberg.
Anonymous said…
Will the world Listen to what is really going on? Or does it have to be you before you will be moved to action?

LONDON (Reuters) - Ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of his murder from beyond the grave on Friday, in a statement read out the morning after he died of an unknown poison in a London hospital.

"You may succeed in silencing one man. But a howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life. May God forgive you for what you have done," Litvinenko said in a statement read out by friends.

"You may succeed in silencing me, but that silence comes at a price. You have shown yourself to be as barbaric and ruthless as your most hostile critics claim," his statement said.
Anonymous said…
"The main thing that was achieved is something which you never feel when you have it — it is freedom," Yushchenko said. "It cannot be put on a sandwich, it cannot be seen by the size of your salary."
Anonymous said…
In order to obtain peace in a world of diverse peoples Leadership States must unify in causing for reconciliation of injustices toward first the individual member of that state, second to individual members of other states damaged by flawed policy of an agressor state, thirdly for an agressor state to reconcile with minor states that have been subject to agression of will of another state and finally to pay reparations in reconciliation of past acts as a guarantee of future peace.

the being,the family,the group,the culture,the state,the alliance of human beings.

If the United States is again to assume a Leadership role, to which end Leadership is Earned and is not a merit of force, the United States must set example of reconciliation through global settlement with those individuals wrongly stripped of their human rights through illegal acts of detention.

It is possible for the United States to reconcile its leadership role in the cause of peace but it must first acknowledge and make cause for reparations for miscarriage of justice upon individuals made in a "Rage of Fear".

If the US can not successfully unite with the European Union and cause for reparations to be made to families of those individuals wrongfully detained, it is implausible that it can bring about justice in other parts of the globe. In order to distribute Justice a State must first Police it's own actions, then those of its allies. An unwillingness for a State to reconcile with it's own errors in judgement incapacitates its ability to conduct meaningful diplomacy which is based solely on Trust in the Merits of a States Just Leadership.

In this area, the EU and the UK have a unique opportunity to Investigate Cause and bring about Reconciliation for injustice caused by improper policing and aggrivation of individual rights and freedoms based solely on suspicion and lacking evidence.

Through just pursuit of reconciliation of a States own shortcommings, Leadership in peaciful collaboration will again be established and humans will again be able to dispense of the errors made from State Sponsored Fear and begin to unify to establish a global human condition that is saticefactory to all countries that construct our global community.
Anonymous said…
The electronic systems in use by global intelligence agencies are useless against the type of Radiological Attack on the UK. Secruity Services must immediately and dramatically reverse there focus from technological over-reliance as the systems are easily circumvented and do nothing more that harrass innocent people, while the resources expended on them are squandered and would be better utilized in Foreign Human Intelligence Gathering. To which the present bureaucracy is poorly equiped. The internet and phone tracing in use has just been proven to be useless in fighting a radiological attack.

Intelligence Services must immediately re-tool and strengthen Human Intelligence Gathering resources, as it has now been proven in dramatic fashion that an enemy agent or terrorist can deliver a highly weaponized substance, undetected by all technical security devices.

No email, No cell phone, no payload and proceed directly to target unidentified and undetected. It is time for the Intelligence Services to give up on the idea of finding terrorist plots on the internet and start sourcing Real Intelligence the Old Fashioned Way.

Because that is the way the enemy will always use. Our over-reliance on technology is the greatest weakness in our defense.

But this should not be news to anyone in the business. A bunch of fresh college grads playing on the internet does not make a cohesive spy network...It makes a mess.
Anonymous said…
January 10, 2006
"It's not easy being a billionaire."
Yesterday, Tamir Sapir, a former cab-driver who struck it rich in Russian oil, and used the proceeds to invest in Manhattan real estate...signed a contract to buy a Fifth Avenue mansion for $40 million.

Said Mr. Sapir on his purchase, "I don't know if it's a bargain or not, but it looks like a bargain."

Tamir Sapir has a past that is best described as "colorful." A former journalism student, Mr. Sapir left the Soviet republic of Georgia in 1973 with a tourist visa to Israel. After stops in Germany and Louisville, Kentucky, he settled in New York in 1976. His first job in New York City was driving a cab. Eventually, he saved enough to make a down payment on his own medallion (the process in NYC that enables one to purchase their own taxi)...and then borrowed against the medallion to open an electronics appliance store on Canal Street that catered to Soviet diplomats. Selling Zeniths and other American goods to product-starved Cold Warriors won him favor with the men who would later become the moguls and shakers in the former Soviet states.

These connections gave him entree into the business of shipping Soviet oil to American companies. Sapir expanded his wealth during the recession of the early '90s, when he bought 2 Broadway in lower Manhattan for $20 million in cash. At the time the property was considered "unrentable...then the dot-com revolution hit, commercial property rates soared, and 2 Broadway's value climbed to $300 million.

In 2001, Mr. Sapir was involved in a nasty divorce from his wife of 29 years, Bella.

In one incident, Mr. Sapir was ordered by a judge not to spend more than $100,000 at a time without notifying the court. However, Mr. Sapir did just that when he stopped at an Atlantic City casino while sailing his yacht to Florida from his 11-acre estate on Long Island. Lady Luck smiled on Mr. Sapir as he returned to his 160-ft yacht with $1.14 million in winnings. The judge determined that since Mr. Sapir had deposited his winnings in a joint account, he could not be held in contempt. No harm, no foul...so to speak.

The judge also refused to find Sapir in contempt for buying himself a new Bentley, because he also purchased one for Bella, the mother of his three adult children.

The price that Mr. Sapir paid for the 1901 Beaux-Arts mansion, on the corner of 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue, is the highest ever paid for a Manhattan town house...although it is less than the original asking price of $50 million. The building is the former residence of the late tobacco heiress, Doris Duke. It has 11 marble fireplaces, three elevators, gold-leaf trimmed fixtures, and a sweeping brass-and-wrought-iron staircase. Mr. Sapir plans to use the bottom five floors as a gallery to showcase his art collection. He is a collector of sculpture and European ivory. He is considering moving into the penthouse on the sixth and seventh floors with his companion, Elena Ponomareva, and their 2-year-old daughter.

"It's not easy being a billionaire," Tamir once said.