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    March 6, 2015

    Yatsenyuk reportedly obtained a Canadian passport

     Prime Minister Yatsenyuk showing the size of...something.


    By Nyka_Huldra

    Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

    The Ukrainian Maidaneks, at least those whose whose brains are still functioning, realize that their creation will unavoidably lead to an outburst of vengeance. With that in mind, they are opening lines of retreat and preparing reserve airfields. But only those who can afford it.

    If one is to believe PolitNavigator, Yatsenyuk recently obtained a second passport, having received Canada’s citizenship. Canada does not prohibit dual citizenship, while it is forbidden by law in Ukraine. Incidentally, a Canadian citizenship would be a guarantee of Yatsenyuk’s and his family’s life by “western partners” should the events take a more radical course.

    Canada was one of the first countries which recognized the February 2014 Yatsenyuk government after the coup. So far there are no documents proving his Canadian citizenship, however, this is not a unique phenomenon.

    The web site Ukrainskaya Pravda reported about the Israeli citizenship of the current head of the Poroshenko Block, Yuriy Lutsenko.

    Media reported that Vitaliy Klichko is a German citizen. Klichko had strenuously denied these allegations.

    Kolomoysky openly announced his triple citizenship. The media also wrote about the reputed US citizenship held by SBU head Valentin Nalivaychenko.

    Bloomberg confirms that Minister of Finances of Ukraine Natalya Yaresko likewise has dual citizenship. One does not give up US citizenship overnight, it’s a process that can take several years. Bloomberg writes: “the current law prohibits her to have two passports. She has several years to give up her US citizenship. It’s hard to imagine she’ll stay at that job that long.” Bloomberg nevertheless confirms that Yaresko is both a US and Ukrainian citizen.

    J.Hawk’s Comment: One would be tempted to dismiss that as a rumor, except for the fact that, as noted above, Yatsenyuk would be in a very “good” company if he had a dual citizenship, plus it  is consistent with the now-prevailing reporting that Yatsenyuk’s days as prime minister are numbered. Moreover, PolitNavigator is a well-informed source—the article the blog cites refers to “a source in the Rada”.

    Nothing will change until the IMF’s next tranche, but after that all bets are off. It’s not clear what that will mean. Genuine peace on the Donbass? A night of long knives? A new round of fighting?  Regional fragmentation (as opposed to federalization) giving oligarchs more autonomy in their fiefdoms? We’ll see soon enough. However, only a month ago everybody was predicting Poroshenko’s imminent downfall. It would seem that Minsk-2 heralded a major course change for Ukraine. Because, let’s face it, Yatsenyuk’s main attraction was that he promised to deliver billions of foreign aid. That’s it. As a prime minister he’s mediocre. Now that the most Ukraine can count on is an IMF loan with stringent conditions, what good is Yatsenyuk? He had failed to deliver what he promised, so he’ll be let go as soon as money is in the bank and the Kiev elite will undergo yet another reshuffle.
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