Yanukovych Denies Ukraine's Deviation From Democratic Processes

KIEV, Ukraine -- The president of Ukraine says reports that his country deviates from democratic processes are groundless and pledges to keep fighting against corruption among high-ranking state officials.

Ukraine's opposition accuses Yanukovych of political repressions following arrests of some ministers from the previous Cabinet.

Some Western media reports criticized Ukraine for deviating from the democratic processes after President Viktor Yanukovych assumed his office last February.

Ukraine's opposition accuses him of political repressions following arrests of some ministers from the previous Cabinet.

"We take such challenges calmly. But we are telling the truth - if the authorities violate human rights or abuse power we must acknowledge and eradicate this," Yanukovych said in an interview with BBC news service in Ukraine.

He said the issue of political repressions is usually inflamed by those "who used to be in control of the old bureaucratic system."

"The [Ukrainian] bureaucracy seeks all means, including paying money for publishing [wrong] information in newspapers across the world," the president said.

After years of political turmoil under former President Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine has seen a period of relative political stability since Yanukovych came to power last year, narrowly defeating former prime minister and now opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko who is now under criminal investigation.

Source: RIA Novosti

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