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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. […]


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