Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Yuschenko Accuses Regime of Attempted Murder and Reads the Riot Act to Moroz As Well - Read, View or Listen

In a speech to the Verkhovna Rada today, Viktor Yuschenko accused the Kuchma regime of attempting to kill him.

Yuschenko - Verkhovna Rada - September 21, 2004"Look at my face, listen to my voice, these are small indications of what
happened to me. Look hard at me, this is not caused by cuisine or food as some
might say ... This has been caused by a political regime in this country. We are
talking about political cuisine which kills," he told parliament.

"Just don't ask who is next. It could be anyone of us. I hope we prove who is the killer. Although we already know the answer -- it's the authorities," said Yushchenko, whose face has become puffy and red. He also has difficulty speaking, one side of his face seems paralyzed and one eye waters.

Yuschenko also angrily replied to Socialist leader Olexandr Moroz' earlier, cynical suggestion that the presidential candidate's illness was merely a bad case of food poisoning, caused by Yuschenko's exotic culinary tastes and that he should follow Moroz's lead and eat good ole, plain Ukrainian food - potatoes, salo. Causing an uproar in the Parliamentary Hall, Yuschenko accused Moroz of "dancing to Medvechuk's tune," continuing that should Moroz ever stop doing so, even a potato diet will not save him.

It seems that this attack on Yuschenko has finally forced him to stop the diplomatic games with Moroz. Moroz, who has played at being in opposition to the Kuchma regime for that last few years, has, in fact, been "dancing to Medvechuk's tune" all along. And Yuschenko has now made public what many have been saying privately for years.

To read Yuschenko's full text, as well as Moroz' reply in Ukrainian, click here

To listen to the full address to the Parliament click here

To view fragments of the address click here

Monday, September 20, 2004

Yuschenko Poisoned But Not Defeated - See Video

According to Oleksandr Zinchenko, Viktor Yuschenko's campaign manager, the front runner in the campaign for Ukraine's presidency, was poisoned.

Yuschenko was initially diagnosed with a case of the flu by doctors in Kyiv. However, as his Yuschenko - Evropeyska Ploshcha - Kyiv - September 18, 2004condition deteriorated, his family, friends and campaign staff urged him to seek other medical advise.

On Friday, September 17, 2004, Zinchenko declared that there were reasons to believe that an attempt was made on Victor Yushchenko?s life. Zinchenko made public that diagnosis, made by doctors from the Rudolfinerhaus Austrian private hospital . After a checkup of the presidential candidate they came to the conclusion that the patient?s disease had been caused by ?severe viral infection and chemical agents contained in foods.?

A 'virtual' campaign rally was scheduled for Saturday, September 19th - satellite hook-ups to the major cities throughout Ukraine, the feed coming from a rally in Kyiv. There was concern in the Yuschenko camp that the candidate would not be well enough to participate. But he certainly did. Although, viewing the video from the event (click here for Part 1 Click here for Part 2) there seem to be residual effects from the attempt on his life.

The Deputy Head of Kuchma's administration, Baziv, cynically stated about the attempt on Yuschenko's life that Yuschenko should have food tasters before he eats anything.

It's time to put the bandits in jail.

Stay well Viktor!