Sviatoslav Vakarchuk: 10 principles that must guide those in power in Ukraine

Frontman of ‘Okean Elzy’ provides fundamental principles to new government in Ukraine 

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This is my appeal to the “new” government! Ukraine faces uncertain times today. This includes the threat of loss of territory, the uneasy situation in various regions, economic challenges and much more. In such a situation, you have no margin for error. No, I don’t mean mistakes in the process of doing your job which were, are and always will be for each of those who works. I’m talking about strategic mistakes that might not only cause it to lose its place in office but to the loss for all of us of territorial integrity and stability. Don’t go down the path of your predecessors.

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Okean Elzy responds to St. Petersburg concert ban threat

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Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, leader of the band “Okean Elzy,” has responded to accusations of nationalism. His response, written in Russian, is posted on his Twitter blog, Espreso.TV reports.

“Who do you think is a nationalist?” he asks. “If that is the person whose favorite writer is Chekhov, then yes, I am a nationalist. If it is the person whose favorite song was “Shine, shine my star,” then I’m a nationalist,” he writes. Continue reading

Maidan representatives outline their demands for the new government of Ukraine

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Members of Ukraine’s “government of national trust” cannot be on the list of one hundred richest people in Ukraine, nor can they be executives within the acting government or employees of the presidential administration who have held these positions since 2010. These are [some of] the criteria established by [Maidan’s] “Circle of National Trust”, as set out in a statement by the Circle provided to Interfax-Ukraine. Other requirements include at least seven years of work experience, except for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defence, and five years of work experience in management positions. Candidates must also have nothing to do with human rights violations and there must be no information available linking them to any sort of corruption.

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