Political life 2018 there was a rich and resonant statements, accusations and scandals that had happened in Ukraine and abroad. The outgoing year was remembered by loud detention of MPs, conflicts with neighboring countries, the transition of actors from show business to politics, dancing Kuma Putin Oksana Marchenko, and scandals in football because of the Ukrainian Patriotic slogans.
Journalists of channel 24 has summed up year and has prepared a selection of the most high-profile political scandals that have occurred in 2018.
“Resignation” Lutsenko: PR or Declaration of incompetence
November 6, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko decided to resign after the death of the activist Catherine Gandzyuk, citing the fact that “does not want to hold on to the chair.” After that, at the request of the first Vice-speaker Irina Gerashchenko question about the dismissal of Lutsenko from the post of Prosecutor General was put on a rating vote. Voted “for” 38 deputies, 116 against.
November 7, the attorney General gave President Petro Poroshenko a letter of resignation, however on 9 November, the head of state returned the statement of Lutsenko, citing the fact that he received a vote of confidence in Parliament. After that, the head of the GPU stated that it “will work as” all cases concerning attacks on activists.
Many politicians and experts note that Lutsenko’s statement is grandstanding, a PR stunt and an attempt to absolve themselves of responsibility for the lack of concrete results in the investigation of resonant crimes.
Who is Yuriy Lutsenko: watch the video
The scandal with Hungarian passports
The conflict between Ukraine and Hungary started in 2017. Then Hungary was blocked by the meeting in the framework of Ukraine’s cooperation with EU and NATO because of the law on education, which has become a threat to the Hungarian minority in Transcarpathia.
In 2018, the conflict between the neighboring countries broke out with renewed vigor. In September it became known that in Transcarpathia: the Ukrainians are issued a Hungarian passport. Later it appeared that in Berehove the Ukrainians really were not given a Hungarian passport, but the video recorded only one stage to obtain the citizenship of Hungary.
Video obtain a passport of Hungary in Transcarpathia
It caused a huge diplomatic scandal. On 4 October Ukraine declared Consul of Hungary in Beregovo, Transcarpathian region “persona non grata” (unwanted person) and expelled him from the country. In response, the official Budapest, for its part, announced the expulsion of the Ukrainian Consul.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Siarto stated that the issuance of Hungarian passports are not contrary to the laws of Ukraine, and supposedly corresponds to the Hungarian, European and international standards. For its part, the foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that the issue of the scandal with the issuance of Hungarian passports in Berehove is not only the fact of issuance, but the requirements to hide it from the Ukrainian authorities.
In addition, in 2018, Hungary continued to block important for Kiev meeting at the level of the European Union and NATO and to press charges Ukrainian side in violation of the rights of national minorities.
The conflict between the head of the Specialized anti-corruption prosecutors Nazar Holodnenkim and head of the National anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine Artem Sytnik occurred in the spring. In the office of Holodnitsky found the equipment to listen to, laid in the aquarium. As it turned out, the wire was performed by the GPU on the request of the NAB, which commenced production at the head of the SAP. Then the scandal was hushed up, and Sytnik and Holodnitsky said that they have to each other claims.
Subsequently, the head of NABU began to complain that Holodnitsky delays the signing of the suspicion involved in high-profile investigations. In response, SAP said that the NAB engaged in politics and PR instead of real investigations.
19 Sep among yet a new conflict. Head of SAP Nazar Golodnitsky said that the detectives NAB tried to set up the equipment to listen in the building of SAP. Then the employees of both departments even put up a fight in the center of Kiev and smashed several cars. To NAB all the allegations about bugging denied.
According to experts, one of the reasons for the escalation of the conflict between the NABOO and the ILS – approach of the presidential election and mutual exacerbation of fears.
Savchenko: the road from hero to the enemy of Ukraine
March 15, Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko accused Nadezhda Savchenko in the preparation of a large-scale terrorist attack in the Parliament with the aim of seizing state power. On the same day she brought in a sessional hall of the Verkhovna Rada at least three grenades and a pistol.
According to the Ukrainian intelligence, the politician has conspired with the leaders of the so-called “DNR” and enlisting the help of militant negotiator Vladimir Ruban, tried to deliver with uncontrollable Ukraine territories a large number of weapons.
The aim of the ex-captive of the Kremlin was committing a terrorist act in the Parliament, the murder of the first persons of the state, in particular, Poroshenko, Turchinov, and Avakov, and also the shelling of the surrounding buildings in the center of Kiev.
On March 22 the Verkhovna Rada withdrew with Savchenko immunity, and also gave permission for its detention and arrest. Now she is in jail where several times a hunger strike.
What you need to know about the scandalous Nadezhda Savchenko: video
Note, despite being behind bars, Hope Savchenko announced that it will participate in the presidential elections in March 2019.
A crack in the friendship of Ukraine and Poland
January 26, the Polish Sejm adopted the law On the Institute of national remembrance, or so-called “antibanderovskie law.” According to him, everyone who is in Poland to publicly use the term “Polish concentration camp”, and also acknowledges the complicity of the Polish state or its people in the Holocaust, or to deny “crimes of Ukrainian nationalists”, faces a fine or imprisonment up to three years.
On 6 February a law was signed by the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and on 1 March it entered into force. In June the Sejm of Poland has withdrawn from the law on the Institute of national remembrance of norms on criminal liability for accusing poles of war crimes during the Second world war.
According to the Ukrainian leadership, this law is an unfriendly step towards Ukraine and a “stab in the back” from Warsaw, and the greatest benefit from it has the Kremlin. In addition, he is a threat to the freedom of all Ukrainians who live and work in Poland.
Against this law is actively made not only the Ukrainian authorities but also the United States and Israel. In particular, the U.S. state Department spokesman Heather Nauert stated that this document could undermine freedom of speech in the country and worsen the relations of poles with foreign partners, and Israel withdrew its Ambassador from Warsaw.
A medical scandal with the Deputy Suprun
In June there was a scandal because of the words of the Deputy Minister of health Alexander Lynch. Several media outlets reported that he during the consideration of the accounts chamber report on the results of audit of efficiency of use of money from the state budget, said “It’s cancer. They’re all going to die.”
After such statements the part of Network users demanded the resignation of the official. Sam Lynch explained that these words were taken out of context and misinterpreted. In addition, he apologized for this insulting phrase in front of the patients, their families and concerned citizens.
Later published the transcript of Lynch, in which he talked about the inefficiency of the program of treatment abroad of cancer patients. According to records, Deputy Suprun said: “with regard to efficiency. With regard to ineffective and nekonomori the use of money. The bottom 25 percent of patients actually die. One in every four treated abroad is ineffective. Friends and colleagues! It is a cancer. They will all die. They all die, no options. And effectiveness of this program is zero percent. Those problems, that is, those cancers that require bone marrow transplantation, they are fatal. Sooner or later”.
By the way, in connection with the scandal, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman instructed to open disciplinary proceedings against the Deputy Minister of health Alexander Lynch. However the disciplinary Committee, after reviewing all the materials and insights of experts found no violations in his remarks.
From show business to politics: the first “blow” Prikhodko
Ukrainian singer Anastasia Prikhodko volunteer said that he was leaving the stage, goes into politics and joined the party of Yulia Tymoshenko “Batkivshchyna”.
In November her interview invited Yanina Sokolova, but the newly minted politician could not stand the awkward questions and with the scandal left the live broadcast of “channel 5”. The journalist often caught the former actress on manipulation statements and memorized phrases, demonstrating that not the best versed in the political situation. When Prikhodko did not know what to say, she actively prompted from behind the scenes of her companions.
Anastasia Prikhodko told Sokolova, what money lives Tymoshenko: video
Subsequently, the former singer stated that the presenter of the program “Rendezvous” Yanina Sokolova allegedly provoked her to leave the air because it humiliated its leader Yulia Tymoshenko and manipulated information. She also stressed that such rhetoric presidential channel, apparently, evidence that Poroshenko is in all ways wants to stay in power.
In response to these criticisms Sokolova stated that it is a profession, not the channel owner. In addition, the reporter added that in his program, Prikhodko was able to show, who is actually a fan of Tymoshenko.
Football passion around “Glory to Ukraine”
On 7 July, Croatia defeated Russia in the quarterfinals of the world Cup in 2018. Former players of Kiev “Dynamo” domagoj Vida and Ognjen Vukojevic after the game recorded a video message in which he said that it was “a victory for Dynamo and Ukraine”, and also used the greeting “Glory to Ukraine!”.
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Because of such the Patriotic words of the Croats broke a real political scandal, because they angered the Russians, who began to search the players act a political subtext. FIFA issued a warning, and midfielder Ognjen Vukojevic was expelled from the coaching staff of the national team of Croatia. Subsequently, FIFA still has fined midfielder Ognjen Vukojevic “for unsportsmanlike conduct” on 15 thousand Swiss francs (about 15 thousand USD).
For Croatian players stood FFU. It is officially stated that “outraged by the beginning of the persecution of the Species” and sent letters to FIFI and UEFA. However, the greatest support of ex-players “Dynamo” expressed the Ukrainians themselves. They staged a flash mob in social networks and have fallen off the ranking pages FIFA to 1.6 out of five stars.
Scandalous dancing Oksana Marchenko
The biggest scandal of the popular show “dancing with the stars 2018” became part of Cooma Vladimir Putin and wife Pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk Oksana Marchenko. After the woman agreed to become a participant of the project, the network exploded with indignation. People demanded from the channel to come to their senses and during the Russian aggression on the territory of Ukraine to abandon such a venture. Joined the protest and the journalists of the TV channel “1+1”, which wrote a letter to the leadership.
Despite all the statements, Marchenko still went to the floor. Her partner was the dancer Dmitry Chaplin. In the early season of the show she stated that she will dance as long as the audience want it. Wife Medvedchuk danced esters 7 and 8 announced that is withdrawing from the project. The reason for the unexpected decision was the trauma that the wife of Medvedchuk was hiding even from doctors. According to her, one she broke 2 ribs.