What, Where When, Who, How?:The political posioning of truth

October 30, 2009

Controversy and doubt remain over Yushchenko’s alleged poisoning with question being asked Was he in fact poisoned and if so who and by how still unresolved.  The evidence Yushchenko’s claims he has to back up the allegation of poisoning has never been presented in a court of law or even the subject of a judicial inquiry.  It is all just hear say.

The death of JFK, Princess Dianna and other notable assignation attempts and conspiracy theories,  including 9/11 have all been subjected to a an open inquiry with the evidence subjected to cross examination.
President Yushchenko has been in office for nearly  five years and still the evidence has not been tested.
Why?  Was he even poisoned? 

A few months back  Yushchenko’s allegations were brought into question with one of Ukraine’s senior officers investigating the veracity of Yushchenko’s allegations raising concern that the blood samples sent to Europe for analysis were sent via the USA and may have been tampered with as part of a political conspiracy.  The officer concerned has been “moved on” by forces close to the president.

Source: Kyiv Post

Andrew Wilson, author of “Virtual Politics, Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet World,” said the poisoning case is important “because we know less today than we did five years ago.” He referred to the case as “Ukraine’s mysteriously uninvestigated poisoning.”Volodymyr Fesenko, chairman of Penta Center for Applied Political Studies, said prosecutors have not even established motive for committing the crime. “By pointing the finger at Russia now, the incumbent appears to be looking for sympathy abroad and for support in the upcoming election,” Fesenko said. “It’s always easier to blame someone else for your own failure.”

“Victor Yushchenko has not delivered on most of the promises he made five years ago. He is now hanging out the prospect of solving Ukraine’s most resonant crimes as a last-ditch attempt by him to save face,” said Taras Berezovets, a political analyst at the Kyiv-based Polittech think tank. “It will not work.”


Poll: Social and Political Psychology Institute

October 29, 2009

Poll: Yanukovych, Tymoshenko have highest presidential ratingsPoll: Yanukovych, Tymoshenko have highest presidential ratings

Party of Regions of Ukraine leader Viktor Yanukovych and Prime MinisterYulia Tymoshenko have the highest ratings among all the potentialpresidential candidates to run in the 2010 elections, a poll conductedby the Social and Political Psychology Institute under the UkrainianAcademy of Pedagogical Sciences has found.

Candidate Percentage
Viktor Yanukovych 27.17%
Yulia Tymoshenko 20.00%
Arseniy Yatseniuk 9.40%
Petro Symonenko 6.00%
Viktor Yushchenko 3.70%
Volodymyr Lytvyn 3.50%
Sergiy Tigipko 3.10%
SUM 72.87%

Poll: Research and Branding October 12-22

October 28, 2009


Source: Research and Branding
and Kyiv Post

The Research & Branding Groupconducted the survey due to evaluate the population’s attitudes to theactual issues of the socio-political life of Ukraine. Informationcollection were done by personal interview method in 24 oblasts ofUkraine and Crimea. Respondents were selected by quota sample, representing the state’s adult population by place of residence (oblast), sex and age. The volume of the sample – 3118 persons. Expecting middle sample’s error ±2,2%.

If Yanukovych and Tymoshenko had participated in the run-off, they would have received 41.9% and 29.8% of the vote respectively

Previous Research and Branding poll comparison table

Candidate October August Swing
V. Yanukovich 31.00% 26.0% +4.0%
Y. Timoshenko 18.40% 16.5% +2.1%
A. Yatsenyuk 9.60% 12.6% -3.0%
P. Simonenko 3.50% 3.5% +0.0%
V. Yuschenko 3.50% 2.0% +1.5%
S. Tigipko 3.60%
V. Litvin 2.30% 4.2% -1.9%

3% would have voted for other presidential candidates. 
9.6% are ready to vote against all candidates 
6.8% said they would not go to polling stations, and 
9% were undecided.

Viktor Yanukovych registers for poll race

October 28, 2009

Ukraine’s opposition leader, Viktor Yanukovych, has been registered as a candidate for Ukraine’s Presidential election scheduled to take place on Sunday January 17, 2010. Yanukovych is the highest polling candidate and is generally expected to win the election at a second round ballot to be held sometime in February 2010.

Yulia Tymoshenko, the second highest polling candidates has yet to submit her documents for registration. 

Other candidates who are expected to put the name in the hat but have not yet applied for registration include

Oleksandr Moroz, leader of the Socialist Party of Ukraine
Yuriy Kostenko Ukrainian Peoples’ Party and member of the Our Ukraine bloc,

Prosepective candidates for election must submit their applicationfor registration prior to November 6. The Central Election commissionthen has three days to process any nomination.

Yushchenko facing certain defeat nominates for challenge

October 27, 2009

Ukraine’s embattled President Viktor Yushchenko, has submitted his nomination form for a second term  in office. Yushchenko continues to struggle to gain attraction and support.  He remains stuck on 3% coming in near the bottom of the list with over 86% of Ukrainians indicating that they will not support his re-election.

There are already three additional members of his own party nominating to replace him, Yuriy Kostenko, Oleh Tyahnybok, Anatoliy Hrytsenko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk.  Each nomination weakening his chances of a comeback.

The list to date.

Additional expected participants

The following candidates have formally proclaimed their intent to run for president in the upcoming election:

Prospective candidates have until November 6, 2009 to register with the Central Election Commission

Yushchenko to self-nominate

October 26, 2009

Ukraine’s embattled President, Viktor Yushchenko, will self nominate for the position of President raising speculation that he no longer has the support of his own party Our Ukraine. Yushchenko will now pay the 2.5 Million hrivna election deposit himself.  Currently there are two other members of Our Urkaine who have nominated to contest the Presidential election against Yushchenko. (Anatoliy Hrytsenko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk)

Public opinion polls have consistently place Yushchenko’s support rating at below 3% and he is not considered a serious contender for a second term.

Prospective candidates have until November 6, 2009 to register with the Central Election Commission.

Four then Seven Candidates register in first week

October 24, 2009

The Central Election Commission has formally registered four candidates,  with an additional three submitting documents on Friday.  The Commission is required to process any application within three days of documents being submitted.

      * in alphabetical order source Wikipedia

The big three contenders Viktor Yanukovych, Yulia Tymoschenko and incumbent President Viktor Yushchenko are yet to submit their request for registration.

Each candidate is required to pay an election deposit of 2.5 million hryvina (approximately US$300.00) Only the two highest polling candidates who progress to the second round of voting re entitled to a refund of the deposit. Candidates are also required to furnish a financial disclosure statement within 3 days of nominations being approved.