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17.11.2004 | Dmytro Groysman, Vinnitsa

Vinnitsa. Administrative resource at “Ukrzaliznitsa” – let us fight against the evil together!

   

In the evening of 25 September I, on the way to Vinnitsa, visited the Pivdenny railway station in Kyiv. Behind EVERY cashier placards from the series “Election-2004” with the face of Viktor Yanukovich hanged.

I came to the administrator-on-duty of the station and asked to give me the book for complaints and propositions. When she asked, for what I needed the book, I answered that, since the station belonged to the state railway enterprise “Ukrzaliznitsa”, the agitation there was prohibited by the Law “On election of the President of Ukraine”, so the law was violated and I wanted to complain against that. At first the young woman-administrator tried to refuse to give me the complaint book saying that they, allegedly, considered only the complaints concerning the work of railway ticket offices. Then I said that I would go to a post office and would send a telegram to General Prosecutor’s office, Central election commission and the Ministry of transport. After this the lady said that she had to consult with somebody, asked to wait for a while, closed the window and spoke on telephone for several minutes. Then she opened the window and said: “We are apologizing to you, these placards were placed by mistake by one of our cashiers, a fan of Yanukovich. I will remove the placards immediately”. And she went to the ticket office and really removed all placards. She said: “I beg you, do not complain, this will never be repeated”. I asked about the situation at the main, Central, station, but she answered that she knew nothing about that, since it was not her zone of responsibility.

So, I went there. Naturally, our beloved Prime Minister was seen behind the backs of cashiers! And there I behaved in other way.

I walked to administrator and demanded the book for complaints and propositions. The administrator invited me inside her office and asked to explain the essence of the matter. I refused to respond and said that they would be able to read about all, when I would finish to write the complaint. She began to phone somewhere, many people gathered, they did not want to give me the book saying: “And if you would spoil our complaint book, would write swearwords there?” I took out my passport and said: “Here is my passport, and if I would be so foolish to write swearwords, then you can turn to militia and they would bring me to responsibility”.

At last I got the book and began to write the complaint. When I wrote about a half, the administrator said: “Please, read aloud, we are curious”, and I began to read. When they understood the matter, the reaction was paradoxical and unexpected: “That’s right! Well done! We are tired of this whoreson and all his gang!” and so on. Finally, the women said: “If there would be some problems with tickets, turn to us, we would solve all questions”. After this I went to a post office and sent a telegram to the Central election commission.

Here are the texts:

1. COMPLAINT to the book for complaints and propositions:

“Today, at 4 p.m., in a ticket hall on the first floor of the Central railway station, the agitation materials for candidate to President’s post Viktor Yanukovich were placed behind the backs of cashiers. The agitation at state enterprises, organizations and establishments is prohibited by Law of Ukraine “On election of the President of Ukraine”. I demand to stop the violation of law immediately and to punish the guilty. Besides, I am going to send a telegram about this violation to the Central election commission.

Name, address.

2. Telegram:

CEC OF UKRAINE, 34 LESIA UKRAINKA BOULEVARD, KYIV

TODAY THE AGITATION MATERIALS FOR CANDIDATE TO PRESIDENT’S POST VIKTOR YANUKOVICH WERE PLACED BEHIND THE BACKS OF CASHIERS IN A TICKET HALL OF THE CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION. I RECKON THAT THE AGITATION AT STATE ENTERPRISE VIOLATES THE LAW OF UKRAINE “ON ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE”. I DEMAND TO STOP THE VIOLATION OF LAW IMMEDIATELY.

NAME, ADDRESS.

DEAR READERS! Visit the railway station in your town and see, whether there are similar placards. If you would see the agitation, I ask you to write the complaint in the book for complaints and propositions.

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