EDITORIAL: A Serious Misstep from Tymoshenko

Tymoshenko exits, stage stupid

EDITORIAL

A Serious Misstep from Tymoshenko

It’s a pity that Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko could not see her way clear to take our advice. We believe that both she and her country will come to regret it.

When Tymoshenko lost her bid to succeed Victor Yushchenko as president, going down to defeat against Victor Yanukovich in a runoff, we urged her to accept the results rather than contest them.  Tymoshenko’s firey, impulsive disposition had already cost her the presidency, because she was too confrontational with Yushchenko and he ended up refusing to support her in the runoff after going down to defeat himself. Without his supporters, Tymoshenko could not prevail.

We urged Tymoshenko to be more constructive in dealing with Yanukovich, so she could preserve her position as prime minister, but once again she refused to do so. Her coalition collapsed, and she was forced out.

We understand why Tymoshenko acts the way she does.

She is by far the highest-ranking, most powerful woman in former USSR, as such a scintillating and essential role model for a new generation of Eastern European women, and she is surrounded by those who would betray and destroy the nation she passionately loves.  She sees her nation turning backwards, handing power to a man, Yanukovich, who is unquestionably a liar, a moron, a criminal and a rogue.  He could weaken her nation enough to make it a tempting target for Russian aggression.

Considering all that, Tymoshenko must fight, any way she can, as hard as she can, as long as she can.  That she would lose her perspective in the midst of that struggle is not surprising.

But lose it she did,and now Tymoshenko is utterly out in the cold, back where she started, without any kind of power and only the hope the more dedicated work will restore her to the corridors of power one day.

20 responses to “EDITORIAL: A Serious Misstep from Tymoshenko

  1. The biggest reason, for the loss, according to Tymoshenko was being on the wrong side of the money. Tymoshenko was “Sandbagged” and never having enough support from her so called coalition partners. Yuschenko had a mandate from the people and blew it on “Sightseeing” and handing out medals and ruining the bank.

    President Yuschenko had his own “interests” with his brother in the gas business. Basically the “president” was there as a “Non Entity”, commonly done in Soviet Times, so there would be little interference. The Pres being a wounded (by the Roshans) a powerless wimp, Yush accepted constitutional changes before he took office. The Parliamentary Speaker Lytwyn, who is accused in the murder of internet journalist Georgi Gangadze seen to the “deal”. Also the first to betray the coalition.

    Yuschenko was already damaged goods, and resented Tymoshenko. President Yuschenko set up the presidential secretariat and its chief Baloha to be acting pres and attack Yulia constantly.

    In spite of it all, Tymoshenko carried on heroically and had accomplishments, still, she started to use sinister methods, to deal with being “Sandbagged”. The worst of course was the attempting to make a coalition deal with Yanukovich, which he backed out of. Probably the Gas deal with Russia was too generous and another mistake. Ukrainians lost their trust and voted by almost 5% “against all” as advised by Yuschenko, which could have carried the election either way.

    Before all that, Yulia Tymoshenko, who was jailed by the previous president, would have been the only Politician in Ukraine with the ambiton to clean up the worst of the corruption left over from Soviet Times.

    Meanwhile Ex-Con/President Yanukowich has wasted little time and made changes to the law, so that the individual ministers (without mandates from the people) can make deals separate from the Parties that put them there. Now they can form a “Super Coalition”. In Ukraine only the Political Parties have a mandate from the people, and the parties then sell ministerial positions on the party lists to the highest bidder.

    Previously the law was that only Political Party’s could form the ruling coalition which puts in the prime minister and cabinet. However Tymo will remain there for the 30 days to form the new government. Otherwise a new Parliamentary Election. Oligarchs that want immunity from prosecution can bid for office.
    Ukraine will be for sale by parliament.

    The only one that will benefit in the short run is Ukraine’s mortal enemy the Moscali in the Kremlin. Eventually Europe will feel the pressure. Being a Russophobe I am pessimistic.

  2. How shall I put this?

    Ukraine, along with most other former sovok republics and satellites, has taken huge strides towards developing a democracy – unlike roosha.

    But in the process, Ukraine developed an oligarchy, and the oligarchs are pigs feeding at the trough of government, and they won’t let go.

    Tymoshenko’s mistake was not that she would not accept the election results.

    Indeed, her mistake was that she dropped her challenge. Westerners may talk about “Ukraine fatigue” – Ukrainians have to live with it.

    When you look at the results of the re-vote in 2005, when Yushchenko was elected, and this year, you find a remarkable thing – the percentages voting for the “Orange” candidate versus the “Blue” (party of regions) candidate are almost the same.

    There were numerous shenanigans in this year’s vote, which were hidden from election observers, but which were well-documented by Tymoshenko and her crew.

    The obstacle was the Central Election Committee, which is a political body packed with Party of Regions hacks, not an independent body.

    The next obstacle was the Supreme Administrative Court – with 49 (count ’em – 49) judges!!!!!! – packed with, you guessed it, political hacks.

    The tricks included dead people voting, “twins” voting, disappearing ink, and more.

    If the Election Committee and the court had operated honestly, there were about 900,000 which were cast for Yachunovyk (his own voters butcher his name, because they are sovok sheep who blindly voted for him) which should have been thrown out – and Tymoshenko would have been held to have won the election.

    But Tymoshenko’s biggest mistakes occurred before the election.

    She has the same view of government that all of the political hacks in Ukraine have – “I am the only salvation of Ukraine, I must control everything in government.”

    That’s not democracy – that’s benign, or malign, evil despotism.

    There are still too many political appointments in Ukraine – for example, the president appoints the oblast (province) governors – which is, of course, simply political patronage, a source of “power” – and wealth – and corruption.

    In the Parliament, they battle over ministerial posts – there’s a lot of money in it.

    She (Tymoshenko) engaged in an absolutely psychotic battle with Yushchenko – another mistake.

    In an effort to grab power, as Georg mentions above, she tried to cut a deal with the Party of Regions to eliminate direct presidential elections.

    Everyone in Ukraine recognizes that the oligarchs are a huge problem in Ukraine, with their stranglehold on government and business.

    She simply defined them out of existence – even though she’s an oligarch herself.

    She made even more mistakes.

    Is Yakoochovych a bad choice for Ukraine? Yep – he’s controlled by corrupt oligarchs.

    He started out his presidency having stolen a 400-acre estate from the government called Mezhihirya – with Yushchenko’s help.

    And, indeed – Tymoshenko appears to be acting out of anger now, more than anything else – and if she continues doing that, she will make more mistakes.

    Fortunately, Ukraine is developing citizens’ groups and other political parties, so that Ukraine can get rid of its “political elite” who do nothing but rob the country blind.

    The best description of Ukrainian politics that I have ever seen is that it is a kaleidescope – the patterns may change, but it’s the same old pieces.

    That kaleidescope is about to be broken, given a bit of time – not without a huge weeping and gnashing of teeth from oligarchs.

    But that gives me a great amount of hope for Ukraine.

  3. And by the way – I don’t view Tymoshenko as a role model for anyone until she learns what democracy is all about.

    And it is definitely NOT about her having control of all of government so that she can “benignly” dictate over everything.

    That’s exactly the view that the Party of Regions thugs have.

    Democracy is about open elections – not “party lists,” where chauffers and masseuses find their way onto the lists, and where people buy their way onto the lists, as Georg pointed out.

    And it’s not about abolute parliamentary immunity, where members of parliament go out and commit crimes, including murder – without consequences.

    And it’s not about crooked privatization deals.

    And it’s not about state control over everything.

    When Tymoshenko learns what democracy is truly all about – then she will be a role model.

    • Elmer, thank you for so eloquently making these points that I cannot do, but frustrate myself and possibly others in trying.

      I look forward to, and read all your posts and find them inspirational. Your knowledge of Ukrainian Politics is without peer, on this and other sites that you post. I suspect that you have some real experience in politics.

      Of course I would be guessing, as you are an inspiration for all those who have waited so long to see lasting improvement. Keep up the good work.

      • LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

        You shouldn’t have written that, Artie, if you wanted to continue commenting here. You apparently think you own this blog and can treat it like your home (i.e. a pigpen). You don’t. It’s not. You are banned.

        • Thank you very much for getting rid of people who simply don’t match the highest standards of intellect and politeness you’ve set here! Good job, dear LR, no pasaran!

        • I too thank you for taking the step of removing a person who definitely did not live up to your high standards of accurate, factual and honest based reporting.

          • Those standards are just unsurpassable, she’s the only journalist in the whole Solar System who can deliver such masterpieces in such quantities every other day. HAIL LR, THE GOD OF JOURNALISM!

  4. Georg, thank you, you are very kind – but I did not invent my observations.

    These are taken from what knowledgeable Ukrainians themselves have already observed, especially the one about the kaleidescope.

    And, to be honest with you, it’s blogs like La Russophobe that play a huge part in trying to inform and educate and make people aware of what’s going on.

    Tymoshenko deserves a great amount of credit for trying to bring democracy to Ukraine. So does Yushchenko.

    So do a lot of other people.

    Ukrainian Pravda is a newspaper which has done a HUGE amount to foster and develop democracy in Ukraine, despite suffering “power outages” (from the authorities) and “tax inspections” and all sorts of other inspections.

    There has been a call for quite some time in Ukraine for good, clean government, and many speeches have been given by politicians promising exactly that.

    Even Yakoochonyvyk’s inaugural address promised that, and he just signed 2 decrees, the second of which, according to his public announcement, is designed to eradicate – “eradicate” – corruption.

    And there is an ever increasing call by and on the part of the Ukrainian people to do just that.

    I hope it comes into effect sooner rather than later.

  5. because she was too confrontational with Yushchenko and he ended up refusing to support her in the runoff after going down to defeat himself. Without his supporters, Tymoshenko could not prevail

    Without Yuschenko’s support, Tymoshenko was definitely destined to fail. Thanks for an excellent (as usual) analysis, dear LR!

    • eleutherios, yes I guess Tymoshenko tried to take things too fast, for the system that was long established. Taking short cuts without the consensus of all the parasites hooked into the system of Government in Ukraine.

      Yulia took on Yush’s business interests mostly his brother and his Oligarchs. The prime cause of the confrontation.

      Gasprom hiking the price of gasoline, to more than that of Europe, during the harvest, is another thing that Yulia took on and did not get support.

      Re-privatizations of stolen industries like the ex-president Kuchma’s son in law’s steel mill was the best example of a fair priced re-privatization.

      The real problem was when she started homing in on Yuschenko’s cronies in office for corruption, particularly the Ros Energo gas trading intermediary, which contributed heavily to the Party of Regions also known as the Party of RuSSia.

      Yushchenko (who then had the presidential powers) removed Yulia. Finally Election Fraudster Yanukowich became premier who gave away the Oil/Gas rights to Vanco Prychysnka front company, South of the Crimean Peninsula. This was an obvious fraud and had to be stopped and Yulia had the illegal deal canceled.

      So some credit does go to Yulia because it was the right thing for Ukraine. Yuschenko also now kept government property for himself. The Government provided housing, as his own.

      I have fought with Ukrainians from the start of Yush’s outrageous, and treacherous behavior to his country, an opinion that could not be denied when Yush did all he could to get Yanukovich into the Presidency.

      Unbelievably Yushchenko is so far out of touch, and thinks that Yunukowich would make him premier, and his group in parliament actually suggested this as a condition for coalition with Yulia. This is really embarrassing.

  6. Thanks for another excellent piece of blog, L.R.! Woman you are not just a pretty face!

  7. Georg and Elmer, though I do not agree 100% with your comments they have given me a chance to see the picture from another perspective. Thanks!

  8. Bohdan, I would be interested in knowing what it is that you disagree with.

    It’s like the proverbial Indian elephant being examined by blind men – the man who is holding on to the tail thinks it’s a snake, the man who is holding on to the leg thinks it’s a tree, and so on.

    So – I am interested.

    • OK Elmer glad to oblige!

      But before I start, let me add this paragraph, so there is no misunderstanding in the points that I am trying to make in getting my message across. As I believe both main subjects of discussion are inherently bad, although Tymoshenko is by far the better person of the two and has Ukraine’s welfare at heart – so unlike that gangster – “Bandakovych’. Finally both were brought up, or ‘educated’ under the umbrella of communism whose only ‘strong points’ were to lie, steal and where necessary murder its detractors all to the detriment of its long suffering citizens. All of which points have been used by Bandakovych in his career to claw his way to the top position of Ukrainian politics.
      First cab of the rank;
      The quote “The Parliamentary Speaker Lytwyn, who is accused in the murder of internet journalist Georgi Gangadz” Must read ‘….who is accused in the COMPLICITY of the murder of the CO-FOUNDER of the NEWS WEBSITE UKRAINSKA PRAVDA Mr Georgi G(O)ngadzE.

      Your quote that “Ukraine, along with most other former sovok republics and satellites, has taken huge strides towards developing a democracy” is not quite right! More appropriate would be “….has taken steps towards developing a democracy, bordering on too little too late”

      Your comment that “But in the process, Ukraine developed an oligarchy, and the oligarchs are pigs feeding at the trough of government, and they won’t let go.” is only partially right in that Ukraine already had its share of oligarchs, prior to the Orange revolution.

      Having said this it is now only fair to say that I agree with the rest of the factual commentsmade by you two! with the exceptions of the following;

      1. Yushenko’s brother and his own son are known for their dishonesty in their business dealings. Hence in the latter case it boils down to the old saying ” Like father like son”.

      2. Yushenko’s pre election promise of words (the exact ones he used escape me) to the effect of “To jail with all the crooks” proved to be an outright lie! As he personally promised, for his support in winning the Orange election, Kuchma that he would not be prosecuted for any wrong or illegal acts that were done or carried out on his instructions as President prior to the Orange revolution. To me the case of Gongadze is the best one that springs to mind!

      3. Yushenko’s personal petty war of words with Tymoshenko was a fatal mistake. He should have concentrated in running Ukraine in a fit and proper fashion. An excellent example was Yushenkos session before the US parliament where instead of talking about Ukraine and the achievements it has made under his leadership and what was planned for its future, he spent the entire time allotted to him in rubbishing Yulia. This went down like a lead balloon with the US parliamentarians, who after that literally ignored him – and Ukraine.

      4. Tymoshenko has one major fault, sadly she is a lier, as she has promised so much to the Ukrainian people and failed to deliver on them, some examples of which are that the world depression/meltdown would bypass Ukraine and which didn’t; the medical tablets that would be available to combat the epidemic that was sweeping the world, including Ukraine or the price that was renegotiated with gangster Putler and kept secret for fear of the backlash it would cause her Presidential aspirations.

      5. Her numerous trips to RuSSia’s Putler and her brown nosing to him to curry one or another favor at Ukraine’s ultimate expense.

      6. The fact that Bandakovych is controlled by the likes of Akhmetov, Firtash and et al whose only interest in life is to become richer and richer at the expense of the long suffering Ukrainian citizen.

      and finally 7. That Bandakovych is a thief and lier who defrauded the Ukrainian nation by wholesale cheating at the Orange revolution. Who will never change his evil ways.

  9. Generally, an excellent discussion, which I shall link to elsewhere.

  10. You are right, Bohdan, about Yushchenko (and his son, by the way, who somehow had so much money that he gave away a $100,000 BMW car to some girl, and about Yushchenko’s brother, who received $53 million from Firtash, via “Petroga” – Yushchenko’s brother is named Petro or Peter), and the rest, including oligarchy existing prior to the Orange Revolution (via Kuchma and Kuchmism).

    The topic is Tymoshenko.

    Was she right in rejecting the election results? I believe she was.

    The recent elections in Ukraine were about electing a PRESIDENT.

    So what is the Party of Regions doing now?

    They are trying to monkey with PARLIAMENT – which, of course, is not called for legally or politically.

    If Banditkovych wants to propose programs in Ukraine, and have Parliament adopt them, it is not necessary to re-shuffle Parliament.

    If there is a good idea, Parliament can vote for it – without having to re-shuffle Parliament.

    However, they just had a vote of no-confidence and got rid of Tymoshenko.

    Now, they are trying to form a “new” coalition. In order to do so, they are trampling on the Ukrainian Constitution, and a judicial decision, which says that a majority coalition must be formed via blocs and parties – not individuals.

    So, naturally, the Party of Regions is ignoring that, and buying up individual members of Parliament, as they have done before, in order to form a new coalition – based on individuals.

    Because they can’t get a majority coalition on the basis of blocs and/or parties.

    Why the re-shuffling and the trampling on the Constitution?

    Because Banditkovych and his band of thugs want to control government completely, including all of the ministerial posts and all of the governmental posts.

    So they can continue to abuse government and steal even more money.

    On Friday, Tymoshenko appeared on the Savik Shuster show.

    http://shuster.kanalukraina.tv/video/4265_koalitsiya_v_zakone/

    Savik has been covered by LR and others before – he fled Russia and went to Ukraine so that he could have freedom of speech.

    During the week, his shows are one hour. On Friday, hiw show is 3 hours – there’s no political talk show anywhere in the US that I know of that devotes that much time to political topics.

    Tymoshenko appears in the first part of the show.

    There is a general discussion during the second part of the show exactly about this “new” coalition travesty.

    The overwhelming consensus is that Ukraine will take the course towards “Europeanization.”

    But trampling on the Constitution and playing with coalitions is not a European course.

  11. Elmer, could not argue with the comments about Yulia. She is definitely the better of the two! Period!

    • I will nod agreement to all of the above observations and new input from Bohdan and Elmer.

      I see more problems where the local elections in May are being canceled. The interest on Treasury Bills has grown to 20%. The noose is tightening. One hope is that sane minds could prevail:

      “….Today young NUNS-ite Arseniy Yatseniuk, who came 4th in the recent presidential elections, has written an open letter to president Yanukovych with some interesting proposals.

      Below is a quick summary:

      The main task right now is “to unite the country at any price”

      He proposes the following policies:

      Passing of a realistic national budget, an audit of national debts, and approval of a financial stabilisation plan.

      An effective anti-corruption campaign.

      Reform of welfare system.

      Implementation of a property tax.

      Creation of an effective pension system.

      Tax reform.

      Reform of the energy sector.

      Effective management of strategic assets .

      Development of infrastructure.

      Stabilisation of the banking system.

      Changes in the education and medical sectors.

      Development of the agrarian sector.

      Also:

      Question of Ukrainian as single state language is not negotiable, but Russian language to be granted protection by the state.

      Russian Black Sea Fleet could remain in Ukrainian bases after 2017 but only if this approved by national referendum. Similarly for NATO membership”.

      http://foreignnotes.blogspot.com/

      • continued:

        Gas transport consortium not required – Ukraine is capable of running pipeline on its own. But Ukraine needs joint energy company to be formed with EU and Russian partners.

        Yatseniuk proposes a three year moratorium on ‘hot topics’ to help unify the country, and the introduction of an open party list electoral system.

        Importantly, he concludes: ” Non constitutional attempts by parliamentarians to form a coalition and a government will lead to a deepening of the political crisis, so there are only two possible alternatives: formation of a majority exclusively on the basis of fractions, or pre-term elections”.

        He proposes the following solution the current impasse : “Announcement of early elections and the legitimate creation of a temporary coalition valid for a period of 60 days until elections can take place.”

        “Such a decision envisages formation of a caretaker government whose composition is to be determined by you [the president]. The fraction to which I belong should support this decision, but not take responsibility for the actions of this caretaker government, nor enter into it.”

        Early parliamentary elections would suit Yatseniuk well. After his performance in the presidential elections his political project, ‘Front for Changes’ could reasonably expect to gain about 30 parliamentary seats. Serhiy Tihipko, who came third in these elections would certainly do well too, he is in favour of early elections too [surprise, surprise] and has called PoR’s attempts to change coalition-building rules in parliament “political piracy”.

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