Former Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchinov has been named Acting President and Acting Prime Minister by the parliament in the wake of the apparent ouster of elected President Viktor Yanukovych.
This is Turchinov’s second stint as acting prime minister, having held the same post in 2010 after the dissolution of the Tymoshenko government. Turchinov is the deputy chairman of the “Fatherland” party and a long-time ally of Tymoshenko.
Turchinov also served for a time as the leader of the SBU, the top Ukraine spy agency. During that term he was accused of destroying files detailing Tymoshenko’s business ties to crime boss Semyon Moglievich during the probe of Moglievich’s role in the RusUkrEnergo scandal.
Yanukovych insists that he remains the president of Ukraine and that his ouster was not legal. He is somewhere in the eastern portion of the country, and says he has no intention of resigning.
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It's amazing, how people cried and complained about Neocon this, WSJ that, lying for regime-change, WMD stories, etc.
Now the left-progressives have their shot and are just as bad as the neocons. The NYT and WaPo, phony chemical atrocities, democratically elected gov'ts we do not like get overthrown with little or no gameplan for what comes after…are the architects of these projects willfully stupid, or just inherently vile? After Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan you expect people to learn something.
A proven crook who deserved to be in jail takes over a country that's already in dire economic straits thanks to US meddling. The IMF and World Bank are just salivating to start creating money from thin air to loan at interest to Ukraine. Crooks and bankers (but I repeat myself) win again. People of Ukraine will soon find themselves starving in order to "bail in" millionaire bankers.
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