Leonid Kuchma   Letter 06   03-Nov-2000   Where is Olexander Yushko today?
"We would have to fear for the safety of Kyiv's 12- and 14-year old girls being stalked by Olexander Yushko with his anesthetic-soaked handkerchief." Lubomyr Prytulak
A Canadian News Digest report of Thursday, 19-Dec-1996 available online at www.canoe.ca/NewsArchiveDec96/candigest_dec19.html indicates that the Ukrainian government attempted to shield Olexander Yushko by appointing his wife, Mariia Yushko, to the post of Ukraine's diplomatic attache to Canada, thus calculating to extend to the entire Yushko family diplomatic immunity from criminal prosecution.  In this measure, we see Leonid Kuchma compounding his earlier error of selecting degenerate Oleksander Yushko for a consular position with the later error of appointing Yushko's wife to a diplomatic position for the sole purpose of shielding Olexander Yushko from criminal prosecution.

      November 3, 2000

Leonid Kuchma, President
vul. Bankova, 7
Kyiv, 252005
Telephone: 291-5274

Leonid Kuchma:

I recall to your memory the Olexander Yushko incident of December 1996:

Consular official charged in Toronto

by Andrij Kudla Wynnyckyj

Ukrainian Weekly Toronto Press Bureau

TORONTO A recently arrived Ukrainian consular official has become embroiled with the police and the courts, and since the first week of December has drawn the local media's notice.

Olexander Yushko, 32, who was to assume a post as Ukraine's vice-consul in Toronto, was charged on October 26 with two counts of drinking and driving, one count of possession of stolen goods, and one count of attempted bribery of a police officer.  According to a staffer of the Clerk's Office of the Ontario Provincial Court, charges of attempting to administer a noxious substance and attempted abduction are pending.  [...]

[...] [T]he charges against the vice-consul stem from an incident that took place a few days after Mr. Yushko's arrival in Canada.  The vice-consul was arrested by Metropolitan Toronto Police Constable Charlie Kozdas after a woman called authorities complaining that a man had attempted to lure her daughters, age 12 and 14, into his car.

[...] Constable Kozdas apprehended Mr. Yushko and requested that he submit to a breathalyzer test.  Ms. Welch alleged that the vice-consul failed spectacularly, registering three times the legal limit of alcohol intoxication.

[...] Mr. Yushko was carrying a handkerchief soaked in anesthetic solvent at the time of his arrest.  [...]

[...] Mr. Yushko has failed to appear at a total of six hearings since being released on $10,000 bail on October 27 (the latest being on December 5) and has refused to hand in his passport despite an explicit court order to that effect.  As a result, a discretionary bench warrant for Mr. Yushko's arrest has been issued, but not yet exercised.  [...]

The prosecutor is quoted proffering allegations that Mr. Yushko "opened his car door and with the engine still running, tried to entice a 12- and 14-year-old girl into his car," while allegedly holding a handkerchief later analyzed at Toronto's Center for Forensic Sciences and found to contain "a solvent which can act as an anesthetic and in sufficient quantities can induce coma and even death."  [...]

"It is alleged," the Sun reporter quotes the Crown Attorney as saying, "that at the time of his arrest, the accused attempted to bribe the police officer, stating, in part 'Can't we do something about this?  I can get $200 U.S. follow me to my hotel, I will give you the money.' "  [...]

Copyright The Ukrainian Weekly, December 15, 1996, No. 50, Vol. LXIV

The Yushko incident did considerable damage to public sympathy for Ukraine, as it suggested that Ukraine harbored such a large number of degenerates that it was difficult to keep them out of administrative positions, or else that Ukrainian screening to exclude degenerates from administrative positions was grossly defective, and probably both.

However, the statement by Hryhory Omelchenko below invites another interpretation of the Yushko incident which does somewhat less damage to Ukraine's image, though it does considerably more damage to yours the interpretation that Ukraine is ruled by gangsters, and that gangsters value the particular loyalty that they can expect from compromised individuals whom they employ, which is to say from criminals, perverts, and degenerates:

At the end of 1995, I subjected Kuchma's staff-appointing policies to an almost contemptuous criticism, and said that the President, in making his appointments, is governed not by the decency, and not by the professionalism or patriotism of the candidates, but rather by signs that they originated from the same locale as himself, by nepotism and toadyism, by their loyalty, by their parasitism, and especially by evidence that these individuals have been compromised, and that the compromising evidence against them gives indications of criminality.  The President, by appointing such individuals to high office, controls them by means of a large, rusty hook around one of their ribs, and for that reason they will do everything that the top man says....

In evaluating your presidency, one small but valuable piece of information would be to learn the fate of Olexander Yushko following his Toronto visit of 1996.  If Olexander Yushko is today in prison, or in a facility for the criminally insane, or at the very least in a state of disgrace, then this would be a sign that your administration is not entirely devoid of integrity.  On the other hand, what would we be forced to conclude upon learning that Olexander Yushko continues to be a member in good standing of your administration?

The answer must be that we would have stronger reason to believe that Hryhory Omelchenko's appraisal of your appointment-selection practices is accurate, and we would have to fear for the safety of Kyiv's 12- and 14-year old girls being stalked by Olexander Yushko with his anesthetic-soaked handkerchief.

Lubomyr Prytulak