: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Let the Opposition Block Concern Themselves with Giraffe Husbandry

The “Opposition Block” is aspiring to head 3 committees in the [Verkhovna] Rada – the parliamentary procedure committee, the committee in the issues of freedom of speech, and the committee on the issues of culture and spirituality.

The idea of them heading the parliamentary procedure committee raises a lot of questions; the committee for culture and spirituality – even more questions. But the committee for freedom of speech? That is simply a low blow.

Sorry, but I physically cannot comprehend how the people who worked to systematically obliterate the very idea of “freedom of speech” during Yanukovych’s rule may be responsible for ensuring regulatory guarantees of freedom of speech. That would be equivalent to appointing a pedophile to be the Director of a kindergarten.

But, this problem goes far beyond the moral and ethical aspect. Let us remember that Ukraine is a victim of foreign aggression, and a very serious part of this aggression is the information war. Among the enemy’s weapons are the Russian media broadcasting, amongst others, to Ukrainian viewers, as well as the pro-Russian media in Ukraine. Does anyone have any doubts that our fifth column, represented by the “Opposition Block” is already on a mission to assist the subversive work of these media, as much as possible? Allowing its representatives in the information sphere would be a direct blow against Ukraine’s national security, while the country remains at war.

I understand that the West requires we “throw a bone” to the opposition. The West, which is well-fed, satisfied with its life, and has spent decades without the faintest idea what it is like to have war at home on its territory. But if we want the West’s support, we have to heed its voice. Plus, unfortunately, the “Opposition Block” is one of the channels for dialogue with eastern Ukraine. After all, our compatriots voted for these people. That we cannot ignore.

No problem! Let us take the existing 27 parliamentary committees, and add a few more (for example, a committee on the issues of giraffe husbandry, and a committee for particle physics). Let the opposition have their fun there. Even though I’m afraid those gentlemen will manage to crap things up even there.

Dmitry Tymchuk

Reserve officer, director of the NGO Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of “Information Resistance” (hereinafter “IR”) – a non-governmental project that aims to counteract external threats to the informational space of Ukraine in the main areas of military, economic, and energy, as well as the sphere of informational security.

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