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February 07, 2005

Freedom Pays a Dividend

Ukraine's New Government Turns Aggressively To Investigate Illicit Arms Sales

Maybe there's something to this "freedom" schtick of Bush's after all:

The newly-appointed government of Ukraine is wasting no time turning its attention to allegations of corruption and dangerous weapons deals under the previous administration.

The moves come shortly after Ukraine's parliament unanimously approved Yulia Tymoshenko, a nationalist and frequent critic of Russia, as prime minister to lead the country's new pro-Western government.

Recently-elected President Viktor Yushchenko told lawmakers his government would fight corruption though he knew that "that may seem like a fantasy in Ukraine."


Last week Grigory Omelchenko, a politician and ally of the country's new leadership claimed that Ukraine sold six air-to-ground cruise to Iran and six to China in 1999-2001.

In a letter Omelchenko, who is deputy head of a parliamentary committee on organized crime, urged the president to investigate the matter.

At least six arrests of arms dealers have been reported.

The U.S. earlier claimed that Ukraine had sold sophisticated radar equipment to Saddam Hussein despite a U.N. arms embargo against Iraq. The government of former President Leonid Kuchma denied the allegations.

Who's going to argue with Yulia?

A Photo Album: See-Dub sends along this link to pics showing fair Yulia looking very dishy indeed.

And not just dishy-- she seems to favor slightly period/sci-fi get-ups and a quasi-Princess-Leia hairdoo.

The Thinking Man's Cheesecake? Definitely the Dorking Man's Cheesecake.

Hotter Still: Not only does she have her own eponymous political party, but she is known as a "firebrand."

I'm getting as moist as a snack cake, as Jerri Blank would say.

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