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    March 25, 2015

    Poroshenko's spring cleaning: minister arrested right at the meeting of the cabinet (video)




    March 25, 2015
    Translated by Kristina Rus

    After the defeat of Kolomoisky in the inter-oligarchic quarrels became apparent, Poroshenko continued to ride the wave of victory, launching processes of further centralization of power. On the murder of SBU agents by bandits of Kolomoisky a "special operation" was announced, and right at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers a Minister of Emergency Situations was arrested on suspicion of involvement in criminal schemes for the purchase of fuel.


    "At the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine the head of the State Service of Ukraine for Emergency Situations, Sergey Bochkovsky and his Deputy Vasily Stoetsky were arrested". (watch the tape above)

    As UNIAN correspondent reports the detainees are suspected of embezzlement of public funds during public procurement.

    It is worth noting that the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk allowed the law enforcement to conduct investigation activities in government offices following the report by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov.

    As UNIAN learned in the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Bochkovsky and Stoetsky are charged with criminal schemes for purchases of fuel from private companies at inflated prices. The officials were detained in accordance with article 208 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. 

    Avakov appealed to the Cabinet of Ministers with a request to make the decision to dismiss Bochkovsky and Stoetsky, as well as the dismissal of all the leadership of the State Service for Emergency Situations (SSES) [like FEMA -KR] in all the regions of the country

    For the position of the new acting Chairman of the SSES was appointed the adviser to the Interior Minister Avakov, Zoryan Skyryak.

    Sergei Bochkovsky was appointed Chairman of the State Service of Ukraine for Emergency Situations by the government of the Ukraine on April 23, 2014.

    KR: A smart move by Poroshenko. Perhaps he learned, that he can score more points by firing corrupt officials then setting up false flag operations. 

    Corruption in Ukrainian government has gotten so out of control, that Poroshenko needed urgent measures for the headlines.

    Several things came together for this spring cleaning to begin.

    Kolomoisky overstepped his boundaries, he had a warm spot and lost it because he became a threat to the president himself. If only he put his greed in check, nothing would change.

    Some people close to the Ukrainian government reported that the sequence of events was initiated by Geoffrey Pyatt (anyhow he is considered the real president of Ukraine). Now that Ukrainian budget is no longer a business of just Ukrainians, but of the IMF and USA, it is clear that western partners will not patiently watch Ukrainian oligarchs and ministers line their pockets with their money.

    In addition the fiscal situation in Ukraine is so dire, that there is simply not enough to go around for all the corrupt officials. So what seems like a triumph of justice in Ukraine, is simply another sign of economic collapse.

    As a side effect Poroshenko will learn that standing up for public interests also pays off in ratings and strengthens his political weight (even if the public will never see that money anyway).
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