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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

State-sponsored thugs organized by Kurchenko, prosecutor general alleges - Ukraine - News - Ukraine Business Online

State-sponsored thugs organized by Kurchenko, prosecutor general alleges - Ukraine - News - Ukraine Business Online:

2014/3/26 9:19:35

Analyst: “We see the pursuit and arrest of key officials in the administration of former President Viktor Yanukovych as positive…Yet we are also concerned that the interim government, which is led by Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party, is merely pursuing a revenge campaign and is not conducting the type of lustration that’s needed, which is blind to political allegiances.”




KYIV, Mar 26, 2014 (UBO) – Concorde Capital told clients in an online advisory yesterday that the state-sponsored thugs employed by former President Viktor Yanukovych to terrorize pro-EU activists were organized by his close business partner, Serhiy Kurchenko, and financed by several ministries and almost all the state oblast administrations, which are the Presidential Administration’s regional organs, reported the Prosecutor General of Ukraine on March 24.



More than USD 125 mln was collected to fund the operations of the state-sponsored thugs, known as “titushky,*” as well as operations to suppress peaceful protests. It was the first time in Europe that a government hired private citizens to attack its own citizens since Spanish dictator Francisco Franco in the 1940s. The funds were generated through illegal schemes, such as buying liquefied natural gas at discounted prices and reselling it to gasoline retailers at market rates. The Prosecutor General filed an arrest warrant on March 20 for Kurchenko, whose whereabouts are unknown.



Concorde analyst Zenon Zawada added: “We see the pursuit and arrest of key officials in the administration of former President Viktor Yanukovyh as positive, which has also included the arrest of former Naftogaz of Ukraine Chair Yevhen Bakulin on March 22. Yet we are also concerned that the interim government, which is led by Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party, is merely pursuing a revenge campaign and is not conducting the type of lustration that’s needed, which is blind to political allegiances.



“For example, the government has yet to take actions to punish Ihor Miroshnychenko, an MP from the pro-government Freedom party who physically attacked a state official on March 18 on camera when he refused to sign his resignation (admittedly, a far lesser crime that the financial machinations of the Yanukovych administration). If this trend of punishing the enemy and turning a blind eye to those in power continues, the new government won’t be able to gain legitimacy among the public, offering yet another argument for the Russian government to insert its soldiers into Ukraine.”



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*Wikipedia says in part: “Titushky (plural; Ukrainian: тітушки; sometimes titushkos, titushkas) are the mercenary support agents of the Ukrainian police force often posing as street hooligans with the express purpose of performing illegal acts. The 'Titushki raid' is a widely-used term in Ukrainian mass media and by the general public to describe street beatings, carjackings and kidnappings by unidentified men in civilian clothes from behind the lines of political rallies. Titushky are well-known to be employed by the government with the reported daily pay of 200 hryvnia. Some of them are also suspected to be illegal formations of combat troops carying concealed pistols. Their aim is to intimidate and disperse demonstrations by opponents of the government, and attack participants and representatives of the media. The term is sometimes translated as "Rent a Thug."

For more on the subject, link here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titushky
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