Meet Kyiv Oblast Governor Vira Ulyanchenko, a friend of President Yushchenko and his appointee, who sped away from the recent NUNS convention in a Mercedes S550 4Matic.
Asked by Serhiy Leshchenko of Ukrayinska Pravda about her luxury car, Governor Ulyanchenko replied, “That’s a leftover from Zasukha,” referring to former governor Anatoliy Zasukha, the local pillar of the Kuchma regime.
The only problem with her story, says Leshchenko, is that the Mercedes S550 4Matic simply did not exist during the Kuchma era.
Further investigation revealed that the car, bought in 2008, is registered to Ulyanchenko’s driver and, by arrangement, may also be used by her husband’s driver.
According to Ulyanchenko’s 2005 tax returns, she and her husband made Hr. 112,000 ($22,178) and Hr. 123,000 ($24,356) respectively and had no savings. In 2006, Ulyanchenko earned a monthly salary of Hr. 7,000 ($1,386).
Nice car, Mrs. Governor!
One more car thing. Here’s how President Yushchenko and PM Tymoshenko left the scene of the tragedy in Yevpatoria.
The “two for the road” failed to buckle up, thus violating traffic rules.
According to Tymoshenko, she and Yushchenko consumed two bottles of cognac on their flight back to Kyiv. “Bohatyryova was the third one. But I remained the soberest one,” Tymoshenko was quoted as saying.