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UPD: 12/20/2013 Oppositionists have spoken from the Maidan scene for 10 years in prison - Bondarenko

Оппозиционеры наговорили со сцены Майдана на 10 лет тюрьмы - Бондаренко

Party of Regions deputy Yelena Bondarenko believes that opposition representatives who spoke at rallies that have been going on in Ukraine for more than a month have talked about “10 years in prison”.

She stated this on the air of "Freedom of Speech" on ICTV, writes Ukrainian Truth.

"Даже заявления, по нашему Уголовному кодексу, которые преступают закон, могут тянуть лет на 10. Если даже учесть, что наговорили оппозиционеры на всех майданах сразу, я вам скажу, лет на 10 (тюрьмы) наговорили", - сказала Бондаренко.

"Статья 109 – призывы к насильственному свержению власти – до 5 лет (тюрьмы). Статья 279 – блокирование транспортных коммуникаций; 293 – групповое нарушение общественного порядка; 294 – массовые беспорядки; 295 – призывы к совершению действий, угрожающих общественному порядку; и 341 – захват государственных зданий", - перечислила она.

"Это все, подчеркиваю, это все статьи Уголовного кодекса, даже не Административного. За это существует наказание в нормальной демократической стране", - заявила Бондаренко.

"Не путайте мирные собрания с мирными захватами зданий, мирными драками, мирным вандализмом… Это все было, это все есть, и по каждому факту открыто дело правоохранительными органами", - добавила "рЫгионалка".

UPD: 20/12/2013 Саакашвили (всего 36 лиц) запрещен въезд в Украину по требованию нардепа Царева

Саакашвили (всего 36 лиц) запрещен въезд в Украину по требованию нардепа Царева

Министерство иностранных дел и Служба безопасности Украины удовлетворили запрос нардепа от Партии регионов Олега Царева о запрете въезда в Украину 36 человек, среди которых экс-президент Грузии Михаил Саакашвили, граждане США и стран ЕС, пишет Коммерсантъ-Украина.

Cоответствующий запрос на имя главы СБУ Александра Якименко и министра иностранных дел Леонида Кожары был подан регионалом 8 декабря. По мнению парламентария, "дестабилизация ситуации в Украине, уличная активность и захваты зданий носят спланированный характер", а "организация подобных кампаний требует участия специалистов соответствующего профиля". "Вызывают вполне резонные опасения участившиеся визиты зарубежных политтехнологов и специалистов по протестной активности, чья деятельность превращается в угрозу национальной безопасности", - указано в запросе Царева.

Примечательно, что Роса Царев назвал "лучшим специалистом в мире по организации революций через социальные сети". В списке персон нон грата значатся также бывший президент Грузии Михаил Саакашвили и 29 граждан Грузии. "Саакашвили тут вообще нечего делать, пускай едет в Грузию и встречается с грузинским народом! Он приехал сюда со своей командой, которая устраивала "революцию роз". Все они обосновались в Украине и были модераторами революции, которую пыталась организовать оппозиция", - заявил Ъ-Украина Царев.

Вместе с документом был направлен список "лиц, которые в рамках консультативной работы оппозиции" имеют возможность реализовать "политические интересы других стран". В данном списке указаны научный сотрудник Центра трансатлантических отношений при университете Джонса Хопкинса Тарас Кузьо, известный немецкий политолог Андреас Умланд, а также Финк Брайн, Василик Мирон, Александр Рос (все - США).

По словам парламентария, гражданин Сербии Марко Ивкович, также указанный в списке, "с командой сербов организовывал революцию против Слободана Милошевича", и продвигал подобный сценарий в Украине. "В моем запросе 36 человек. Я пока не получил ответа от СБУ, но, по моей информации, все они объявлены персонами нон-грата", - отметил регионал.

Примечательно, что, по данным Financial Times, уже 21 декабря один из фигурантов списка - предприниматель Георгий Киквадзе - не смог пересечь государственную границу Украины. "Наверное, сейчас я опасный революционер, который добивается отставки правительства",— прокомментировал ситуацию Киквадзе.

Посол Грузии в Украине Георгий Закарашвили сообщил, что в Украину не смогли въехать уже три человека, фигурирующих в запросе Олега Царева. "Я подтверждаю факт с Георгием Киквадзе - он вернулся в Грузию. Было еще два таких случая - не смогли въехать журналист Рустави-2 Давид Какулия и еще один человек. Мы сейчас работаем с МИДом и пытаемся выяснить, насколько соответствует действительности список депутата Царева, и насколько люди, которые есть в этом списке, соответствуют предъявленным критериям", - заявил посол.

На вопрос о том, какие ответные шаги могут последовать со стороны Грузии, дипломат ответил, что в настоящее время представительство работает над уточнением информации. "Надеюсь, все вопросы мы разрешим в конструктивном русле", - подытожил Закарашвили.

Немецкий политолог Андреас Умланд, являющийся членом экспертного совета парламентского комитета по вопросам евроинтеграции, заявил, что пока не пытался въехать в Украину. "Я был удивлен, что оказался в этом списке, - я не занимаюсь политической деятельностью, а работаю в университете, где пишу и редактирую академические статьи. Больше всего критических статей я написал в адрес партии Свобода", - отметил он.

По мнению эксперта, запрет на въезд не связан с его критикой в адрес президента Украины Виктора Януковича или правительства. "Я предложил Европейскому союзу ввести санкции против России, если Украина подпишет СА, а Россия введет санкции против Украины" - сказал Умланд, добавив, что в случае подтверждения информации о запрете, он намерен оспорить такое решение украинских властей в суде.

The opposition believes that the ban on entry of 36 foreign citizens can lead to "serious international consequences." First Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada Foreign Affairs Committee, MP from UDAR, Valentin Nalyvaichenko, said that there are three reasons why entry into Ukraine could be closed. “This is a threat to national security, involvement in criminal offenses or terrorist activities. If the SBU has satisfied Oleg Tsarev’s request, the special service acts on political grounds of the Party of Regions. The basic principle of reciprocity operates in diplomacy. Any country will require diplomatic clarifications, and if these reasons were unfounded, then the response will not take long, "said Nalyvaichenko.

According to the deputy head of the Batkivshchyna faction, Sergei Sobolev, such actions could entail serious international consequences. "If these countries - the USA, the EU and Georgia - forbid Yanukovych, Azarov and their children to go to their place, then Yanukovych can only go to North Korea," the MP said.

UPD: 12/20/2013 On Maidan to see and show oneself. Photo selection of Western politicians at rallies in Kiev

На Майдан посмотреть и себя показать. Фотоподборка западных политиков на митингах в Киеве

Almost a month has passed since the start of mass Euro-protests in Ukraine. During this time, many well-known Western politicians expressed their support for the European integration aspirations of Ukrainians. At the same time, many of them decided not to confine themselves to statements and arrived in Kiev to talk with Ukrainian officials, to personally witness the mass character of the main Euromaidan of the country, and at the same time to encourage the protesters with their presence and word.

Correspondent.net created a photo selection of ten high-ranking foreigners participating in the Kiev Euromaidan. These are American senators John McCain and Chris Murphy, US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Jeffrey Payette, Lithuanian Seimas Speaker Loreta Graujinene, EU Foreign Affairs Commissioner Catherine Ashton, Canada and Germany Foreign Ministers - John Baird and Guido Westerwelle, ex-prime minister of Poland Yaroslav Kachinsky, as well as ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili.

UPD: 12/20/2013 President of the European Parliament does not see the possibility of further cooperation with Ukraine

The Ukrainian theme became one of the main topics at the two-day EU summit, which started in Brussels yesterday, December 19.

The meeting is attended by leaders of all EU member states and heads of organizations that are members of the structure or work closely with the European Union.

In particular, President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz said he did not see the possibility of further cooperation with Ukraine. “How can one cooperate with the authorities, which, instead of signing an association agreement with the European Union, took a huge loan from Russia and agreed on an opaque gas price?” Schulz said.

UPD: 12/20/2013 EU estimates Ukraine’s refusal to integrate at $ 26 billion

ЕС оценил отказ Украины от интеграции в $26 млрд

Ukraine could receive at least 19 billion euros ($ 26 billion) of loans and grants from the EU in the next seven years if, in line with expectations, it signed a trade and cooperation agreement with the bloc, according to EU internal data.

In November, Ukraine at the last moment refused to sign a trade agreement with Brussels in order to maintain good relations with Russia. This provoked the most massive street protests in the 46 millionth country in the nine years after the Orange Revolution.

Desperate for money to cover a huge deficit in external financing, Ukraine turned to Russia, whose president Vladimir Putin, for the first time in the years of negotiations, agreed to reduce the cost of gas by a third. He also promised to invest $ 15 billion in risky sovereign bonds of "fraternal" Ukraine, embraced by the economic crisis and political rallies, which Putin called "pogroms" and linked to Western intervention.

The EU has evaded the involvement of promises with Russia for Ukraine, and the only exact amount that was publicly mentioned is the 610 million euro loan that the EU was willing to offer Kiev if it agreed to the conditions of the creditor, the IMF: unpopular economic reforms. However, EU estimates available for internal use show that the total volume of loans and grants to the bloc of Ukraine between 2014 and 2020 would be at least 19 billion euros, provided that Kiev signed a trade agreement with the EU and reached an agreement with the IMF. A source in the European Union said that this is a conservative assessment, which has never been voiced during negotiations with Ukrainian officials. "We will never do something for show or compete in providing more money, because the essence of our proposal is not in money," the source said.

This figure is close to 20 billion euros of financial assistance, which the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov spoke about last week: he saw this as compensation for the costs of an agreement with the European Union. However, the bloc doubts Kiev’s sum necessary for adapting the Ukrainian economy plunged into recession to the new terms of trade after the agreement with the EU and against the background of the sanctions that Russia’s neighbor threatens. The EU was ready to make recommendations to Ukraine regarding an agreement with the IMF if the country signed this agreement.

If Ukraine fulfills all the conditions of the IMF, the EU would agree to "expedited payment" of the first portion of economic assistance and would be ready to start work on the second, the source said. The EU would also organize a conference with the participation of donor countries and representatives of the private sector to invest in the Ukrainian economy. The block emphasizes that the proposal for a trade agreement with Ukraine remains valid. Her first deputy prime minister, Sergei Arbuzov, said last week that Kiev was ready to sign the document, but EU officials were not expecting any action in the near future. European Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule told Arbuzov last week that if Ukraine makes a clear commitment to sign the treaty, the EU will begin work with Kiev to prepare a roadmap for implementing the agreement. However, Fule later tweeted on Sunday that the EU is ending negotiations with Yanukovych on European integration, pointing out the divergence of the president’s words and deeds against the backdrop of the use of force by special forces against protesters on the Euromaidan.

UPD: 12/20/2013 Verkhovna Rada pardons participants of Euromaidan

Верховная рада амнистировала участников Евромайдана

The law, for which 339 deputies from the 404s voted, provides for the closure of all criminal cases against participants in protests in Ukraine, which began on November 21.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a law providing for the exemption from criminal and administrative liability of all detained Euromaidan participants. On Thursday, December 19, 339 deputies from 404 registered in the session hall voted for him, the UNIAN agency reports.

Introducing the bill in the Ukrainian parliament, MP from the Fatherland faction, Pavel Petrenko, said that the law does not apply to law enforcement officials who beat protesters, as the opposition insisted on changing the wording of “persons associated with participation in protests” to “protesters ", said the agency" Interfax ".

The law also stipulates that all criminal proceedings against protesters in Ukraine opened on November 21 are subject to closure, and their defendants are to be released. In addition, they will be considered as not convicted.

UPD: 12/20/2013 Most Kievans support Euromaidan, but condemn the demolition of the monument to Lenin - poll

Большинство киевлян поддерживают Евромайдан, однако осуждают снос памятника Ленину - опрос

Almost two-thirds of Kyiv residents support Euromaidan, according to a December poll by Research & Branding Group. At the same time, 69% of the residents of the capital reacted negatively to the demolition of the Lenin monument in the center of Kiev.

According to a social survey, in December of this year, Euromaidan was supported by 64% of Kievans, 26% did not show support for this phenomenon.

It is noteworthy that the greatest supporters of the protests in the center of the capital are Kiev citizens aged 40-49 years (71% support, 23% - no) and young people under 30 years old (69% support, 21% - no). In turn, the most critical in relation to the Euromaidan are the elderly Kievites over 55 years old (54% support, and 36% do not). It is worth noting that 59% of Kiev residents expressed their readiness to put up with a number of inconveniences in the life of the capital that arose in connection with Euromaidan, while 34% were not ready for this. Women (62%) are more willing to put up with the inconvenience associated with Euromaidan than men (56%). Depending on age, equally young people and middle-aged people (up to 50 years old) are ready to put up with certain inconveniences (62-63% are ready, 29-32% are not ready). Older people (over 55) are less likely to put up with such inconveniences (47% are ready, 43% are not ready).

At the same time, the majority of Kiev residents - 69% - reacted negatively to the demolition of the monument to Vladimir Lenin in the center of the capital. According to the results of the study, only 13% of Kiev residents rated the demolition of the monument positively, while 15% were indifferent to this. Most representatives of all age groups reacted negatively to the demolition of the monument - from 66% among young people to 78% among Kiev residents over 55 years of age. It is known that a negative attitude towards this event prevails among the majority (from more than half to more than three quarters) of Kiev supporters of all major political forces, as well as among supporters of Euromaidan. 67% of people in Kiev regard the demolition of the monument to Lenin as an act of vandalism, while less than a third of the city’s residents hold the opposite point of view — 29%. It is worth noting that 57% of the residents of the capital agree that the actions of those who demolished the monument repeat the similar practice of the Bolsheviks, whose leader was Lenin. A third of Kiev residents -35% do not agree with this statement with this statement. A study of the public opinion of the residents of the capital of Ukraine regarding their attitude to Euromaidan was carried out on December 10-14. Information was collected by personal interviews in Kiev, and the sample size was 800 people.