The presidential campaign begins with populist gimmicks

On the proposal of opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian parliament voted to increase the minimum wage, writes Matilda Goanek in an article published in Le Temps newspaper.On the proposal of opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian parliament voted to increase the minimum wage, writes Matilda Goanek in an article published in Le Temps newspaper.

poor strata of the Ukrainian population at the center of political events.With the submission of the leader of "the Party of Regions" Viktor Yanukovich, the favorite in the presidential race, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the decision to increase the minimum wage.Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Yulia Tymoshenko was forced to make an article in the budget that the country is not able to perform.Thus, Yanukovych won over to his side of the most vulnerable part of the population and a serious blow to Tymoshenko.She, in turn, appealed to the acting president, also joined in the fight for the presidency, with a request to veto the decision o

f the Verkhovna Rada.But Yushchenko, whose approval rating has fallen to the lowest low, he decided to remain silent, to gain extra points.According to some Western diplomat, "Yushchenko could try to use the strategy of chaos, speed up the movement of the country towards the abyss with only one purpose: to discredit the government and the very Yulia Tymoshenko."

With the decision of the Verkhovna Rada expressed disagreement International Monetary Fund.As is known, the author writes, a year ago, the IMF decided to grant Ukraine a term loan in the amount of 11 billion euros.Head of Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn warned the Ukrainian leadership to freeze the last tranche - EUR 2.5 billion - in the event that the law on raising the minimum wage will be accepted.This is a real blow to the Ukraine, where the treasury is empty, indicating the reporter, the country survives only thanks to foreign aid.

Currently, the minimum wage is 53 euros per month, by 2011 it should be increased to 75 euros.The forthcoming increase in the minimum wage, as they say the people with whom the journalist interviewed in Kyiv, will not solve the problem.They call this step a pure populism.Ukrainians have to work two jobs, otherwise you can not survive.A certain portion of the population receives a salary in an envelope, this affects the most vulnerable strata of the population.I have the following system, says sociologist Ludmila Shangin, the rest of it classifies to populism.The current presidential campaign - is hard and "dirty" as it called Ukrainian magazine "Comments".Accusations of pedophilia, terrorism threats, information leaks about the criminal past of candidates: all means are good to discredit opponents.

And as if all that is happening in Ukraine is not enough, in the Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Sunday warned the European Union that Ukraine will most likely not be able to pay for October gas supplies.Thus, the Russian side has fueled fears of a new gas war and gave more acuteness of the presidential race.