ViktorYanukovych picked Mykola Azarov a new team of professionals.Although it is hard to call it new but some staff decisions arestill surprising. For example, the lord of Hyundais and responsiblefor the Euro-2012 Boris Kolesnikov did not get into the newCabinet. Recently, the Party of Regions was praising him in everyway possible and now it turns out that he changed a serious post ofVice Prime Minister for the run-down seat of the Verkhovna Radadeputy. Hard landing, we must admit.
It seems that Viktor Yanukovych got a new andsomewhat peculiar hobby - to change the Defense Minister. MikhailYezhel stayed in office from March 2010 to February 2012. Appointedin February 2012 Dmytro Salamatin did not last a year. Now, hisplace is taken by Russian-born Pavlo Lebedev. Based on thedeclaration filed before the parliamentary elections, a man ofsubstantial wealth. Total income for 2011 - 36,567,000 hryvnia(almost 5 million USD). He even has a small personal fleet of carsand yachts.
The climb up the career ladder is going greatfor former head of the NBU Serhii Arbuzov. In the new Cabinet hewill hold the position of Deputy Prime Minister. And he has beenpredicted to take the Prime Minister's office for a whilenow.
Despite the fact that the scandal around theBoiko Towers already acquired international attention, he himselfreceived a boost in the form of the post of Vice Prime Minister. Bya wave of his hand the President overnight combined Tax and CustomsServices. This union of a snake and a hedgehog resulted in theMinistry of Income and Charges, which was instantly labeled with amore accurate title - the Ministry of Bribery and Extortion. It isheaded by former head of the State Tax Administration OleksandrKlymenko.
Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko noted thatjudging by the composition of the government, Yanukovych's familywon the oligarchs. "Yanukovych has actually appointed twogovernments: the first - with Prime Minister Arbuzov that will defacto control all the ministers, and the second - the government ofAzarov by himself who has a good portfolio but no subordinates - itis like having the rank of general but be without an army," shesaid.
Commenting on the composition of the newCabinet, a member of Batkivschyna Oleksandra Kuzhel stressed: "Mostof all I am "pleased" by joining of the Customs and Tax services,and passing them on to one person. The family needed to control twoobjects and now only one. Klymenko will control all money.Zakharchenko - security. Pshonka - will be his Prosecutor General.Everything came in place." At the same time, Kuzhel does notbelieve that the appointment of Yurii Boiko is aa promotion: "Whatis a Deputy Prime Minister without a Ministry. He was taken offfrom all the cash flows and left to blame. He was left to not toquarrel with the Firtash clash."
Special attention should be given to a newMinister of Social Policy. The Party of Regions should advertise insubway: "We will take you off antidepressants. We give your barebuttocks in reliable old hands. Good pay." Believe me, there willbe a line waiting. Especially given the miraculous "resurrection"of Korolevska. Natalia's political fate is full of amazingmetamorphosis. After holding an unprecedented media campaign beforethe parliamentary elections, Natalia Korolevska and her partyUkraine - Ahead! managed to get (it is still funny) - 1.58% of thevote, barely ahead of the political "giants" such as Oleg Liashkoand Viktor Yushchenko. And this is with the tacit support of theauthorities. It seemed that the star of Korolevska was setting, andnow her eternal destiny is to sit on antidepressants with a bareass (sorry for the quote).
But the Party of Regions does not leave Luhanskpeople behind - Natalia Korolevska is appointed Minister of SocialPolicy. And this is after she, though not very noticeable to thepublic, but still subjected Mykola Azarov to "furious" criticism."The increase in revenues for the state budget at the expense ofbusinesses being terrorized by tax and administrative pressure usunacceptable. The Government intends to milk the market economy cowto death. On the eve of a possible second wave of the globalcrisis, the impact on business will be fatal. The increase in taxesin the current environment will lead to inevitable price increases.And all the delights of the Cabinet will be eventually paid for byconsumers out of their pocket," fumed and raged "oppositionist tothe bone" Korolevska in September.
And here is something even better! In November2011, during the Congress of Ukraine - Ahead! Natalia stated: "Werealized that it is impossible to work with the current government!Our task is to either make it step aside or force to submit totheir own people." As we see, in the end, Natalia found analternative - opposition-partisan. Now it is likely to be followedby a statement that she as a representative of the opposition willseek social justice ... blah blah blah.
I would like to remind the newly appointedMinister of the Social Policy her own words: "We will be able todrag the Ukrainian economy out of the shadow which willdramatically improve the well-being of our citizens. The averagesalary of 1000 euros and the average pension of 500 euros arepossible in Ukraine. The potential of our economy allows us toachieve this. There is money for this, but they are hidden in theshadow economy and pockets of officials in the form of bribes."Although the more you think about it, the more a disturbing thoughtcomes to mind that her appointment is just some bad joke. But it isnot clear on who. Whether on Natalia, who finally got theopportunity to realize her dream giving people 1,000 euro salaryand the average pension of 500 euros. I would like to see that verymuch. Whether it is no less an evil joke on the ordinary people. Toappoint a Social Policy Ministry an angry person with a level ofsupport of 1.58% of voters - what is this but amockery?
On the whole, new government emanates familywarmth. A small circle of close friends and relatives. Greatcompany to meet the Christmas and New Year holidays in. And mostimportantly Viktor Yanukovych found a gift for each one to putunder the Christmas tree.