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Ukrainian PM proposes jail for debtors of utility bills

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12:  Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk speaks at a news conference at the Atlantic Council on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. Yatsenyuk was in Washington to discuss the current situation of the Russian military intervention in the Crimea area.  (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)
Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images

by Systematic

Rusvesna reports:

[…] The other day the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk again showed all his passionate “love” for the people – he suggested  that municipal debtors be prosecuted.

“In other words, that people be put in prison for unpaid utility bills, for such failure, according to the head of government, should be treated as theft and consequently punished with the utmost rigor of the criminal law.

This statement was made by Yatsenyuk at quite a serious event – a meeting of the anti-crisis headquarters of energy, which included foreign experts in the attendence, promoted by the government for a joint search of ways to stabilize the Ukrainian energy sector.

But Arseny Petrovich [Yatsenyuk], a lawyer by training, is not troubled by the fact that by his statement he showed publicly, including to foreign guests, a basic ignorance of Ukrainian legislation.

After all, the relations “debtor – supplier of utility bills” are civil legal relations. They are not mentioned in the Ukrainian Criminal Code. […]


  1. Guest says

    From the very first time I saw this man he looked deluded.
    So full of hate for Russia every time he spoke.
    Hatred is not a policy- but a whole govt was set up on this basis supported by the EU and the U.S.
    Now the reality Is that he has driven the country to near bankruptcy and there is still a way to go before complete collapse
    They will start the war again to act as a distraction, to unite the country against the non existent Russian invasion, but the reality can’t be hidden they are a failed state.

  2. Jennifer Hor says


    “Ukrainian Prime Minister seems to be living on another planet. This time Arseniy Yatsenyuk surprised everyone saying that he is not responsible for the crash of the Ukrainian currency and the economic crisis in the country.

    Ukraine’s Arseniy Yatsenyuk does not cease to amaze the public with his bizarre perception of the world; this time, the Prime Minister said he had nothing to do with the economic crisis in Ukraine and is not responsible for the wreck of the hryvnia, Russia Insider reported.

    When asked how people in Ukraine could live off of their little salaries given that the Ukrainian currency has fallen dramatically against the greenback and now equals to more than 30 UAH per dollar, the Prime Minister made a surprised face and replied with: “Why are you asking me? Read the national constitution. There it says who is responsible for the national currency. It’s the National Bank.”

    Alright, so it is the National Bank of Ukraine and its Chairman Valeriya Hontareva who is solely responsible for crushing the country’s economy, according to Yatsenyuk. We get it. However, one thing begs the question: what are the exact duties and job responsibilities of the Ukrainian Prime Minister, the head of the Ukrainian government who presides over the Cabinet of Ministers?

    Perhaps, it is hard for average folks in the West to grasp what exactly is going on in Ukraine right now, but it should be a no-brainer for anyone to tell that a Prime Minister in any country should, at the very least, be somewhat responsible for the economic crisis that a country is facing… ”

    He’s Prime Minister but ignorant of his responsibilities as Prime Minister. He’s a lawyer but ignorant of Ukrainian legislation. He’s a human being but ignorant of concepts like ethics and compassion for his fellow human beings.

    Yatsenyuk may be physically alive but is he spiritually dead?

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