The topic of 1,000 hryvnia ($ 37) due to everyone vaccinated against COVID-19 has supplanted almost all other problems in the minds of the inhabitants of Ukraine. Skeptics see the surprise PR move as a countermeasure against the continuing collapse of President Zelenskiy’s rating. To be objective, the project, which strongly resembles a banal bribery of the voter, is clearly damp. Even his inspirers from the office of the President of the Republic admit this.
The ill-conceived idea shows through in everything. Starting from sources of payments to all concerned about their own health. Initially, the 6 billion hryvnia pledged for the distribution of money is in fact a scanty amount, it is unlikely to be enough even for those who have already been vaccinated. Knowledgeable people call the amount 9-10 billion. And if, after Zelensky’s televised address, Ukrainians really “rush” to the vaccination centers and manage to get a second injection before December 19 (before the start of massive payments to the “most conscious”), then they may not wait for rewards.
Recall that according to the initial estimates of the clever people from the president’s office, the citizens of the country who have been vaccinated will be given a thousand hryvnia not with cash, but, for example, with a certificate – for visiting a fitness center, cinemas, other bright shows, and also for traveling within the Fatherland. At the same time, they say, spending “premium” hryvnia on the purchase of railway tickets will be prohibited.
Similar proposals will apply to other “addressees” of guaranteed financing designated by Zelensky. Some of the theaters, museums and gyms will be denied their request “to profit from the state budget.” Other institutions of culture and art (for example, the “Evening Quarter” – the famous brainchild of Vladimir Zelensky the showman), on the contrary, will get from the bounty of the president’s office.
The correspondent of “MK” decided to eavesdrop on the “voice of the people” at one of the vaccination points, located on the 1st floor of one of the major stations of the South-Western Railway. To my surprise, there were quite a lot of people who wanted to get vaccinated and get 1000 “Vovin’s money”.
True, none of those waiting in line admits that they are eager to quickly become the owner of the “cash prize from Zelensky.” The reason for the appearance at the vaccination point is mainly the requirement of the authorities. It allegedly threatens to be suspended from work if you again appear without a covid certificate.
On the eve of the Facebook page “Overheard in Korosten,” they proposed to discuss the promise of Volodymyr Zelensky “from December 19 to pay everyone who had two vaccinations, 1000 hryvnia.” “Who thinks it’s cool – like it,” wrote a fan of the president.
Judging by the content of the comments, the initiator of the discussion quickly regretted the proposal just made. Due to the abundance of outraged posts, he had to turn off the comments on his own record.
What are the residents of Korosten displeased with? Yes, everyone! And a meager amount (Zelenskiy came to the post as a millionaire after the oligarchs promised him a “ticket to the billionaire club”), and the exchange of imaginary hryvnias for the services of a fitness center – what is a fitness club in a dying Polessye village, excuse me? People without exception “sit aground”, even women in the morning go to the forest with axes – to chop branches for the winter … And even the promised “from over the hill” either six or nine barges with coal. This very imported fuel will only last for an incomplete week. Then how to load boiler rooms in cities and towns?
“MK” at one time told what lines from the early morning the Ukrainians took for “Yulina’s thousand”. This money, as a partial compensation for the lost deposits of the former Sberbank of the USSR, I remember, did not help the politician very much: the presidential election of Prime Minister Tymoshenko in 2010 lost to Viktor Yanukovych. Viktor Fedorovich, by the way, also promised to “continue the process.” Alas, after the events of 2013-2014, no one promises to return anything to those who grew up in the Union …
Zelensky’s attempt to cajole the electorate with certificates worth $ 37, admits Viktor Nebozhenko, director of the Ukrainian Barometer sociological service, evokes a feeling of pity “for an absolutely talented and successful person.” In 2019, Vladimir Alexandrovich was absolutely sure that the luck that accompanied him in business and on the stage would not leave him in politics either. However, life outside of concert and film sets turned out to be much more bizarre and harsh for Zelensky. Especially in politics.
“People with sincere pleasure went to his concerts, paid him good money for humor and laughter,” the Kiev political scientist continues. – They rejoiced and laughed. Instead of crying, as now, when Zelensky is forced to desperately extinguish their widespread disappointment, pay his former voters 1,000 hryvnias. for patience and love for him that has not yet evaporated. ” The Ukrainian president, “having resorted to a commercial method, hopes with its help to raise his fallen rating …”.