Created on the page of the official website of the President of Ukraine by nationalist Sergei Sternenko, a public petition to restrict the right of Russians to cross the Ukrainian border received the necessary 25,000 signatures in a record 8 days. We found out what the consequences could be and what are the underlying reasons for such an initiative.
The office of the President of Ukraine is now obliged to write an answer to the request of a part of the local community about the prospects of introducing a visa regime with the Russian Federation. This answer is guaranteed to be another reply – quite recently, a similar campaign by producer Igor Kondratyuk, who demanded the complete cancellation of the concert activities of the artists of the “aggressor country”, until the return of Crimea and the borders in the east of the country to Ukraine ended in nothing. They wrote to Kondratyuk on behalf of Zelensky that they will comply with the existing legislation in relation to the artists – and that’s it.
Russian artists and their concerts face the imposition of border restrictions for ordinary citizens as the last wall. Artists still touring Ukraine should be respected as a reliable signal of danger, as a thermometer that measures the public temperature. Recently, Lyubov Uspenskaya toured Ukraine with songs in Russian with outrageous sold out. And the parking lots around the Sports Palace next to the NSC Olimpiyskiy were packed much more densely than during the filming of the New Year’s concert by the “presidential” Studio “Kvartal-95”.
“Fighting Russia” in Kiev, of course, feeds quite well, but this field also cannot do without fierce competition. The channel of Sergei Sternenko last month raised its shares by hunting for the “pro-Russian” TV channel “NASH”. As a result, he has more subscribers. Now, in hot pursuit, Sternenko has taken up the “visa regime with Russia.” Perhaps he will earn himself a visa-free trip to Spain for the New Year.
In addition, the Office of the President of Ukraine and Volodymyr Zelensky himself are now a convenient and attractive target for representatives of all political groups. Zelensky’s number of supporters is falling, but the situation with the Verkhovna Rada, the government and the Servant of the People party is very bad. A sociological poll conducted by the Rating group in the first weeks of November recorded the presence of 58% of Ukrainian citizens who already support the re-election of the Verkhovna Rada, and a record 83% of voters are dissatisfied with its activities. Not an honorable second place in this sad rating is occupied by the Cabinet of Ministers – 80% are dissatisfied with it.
Vladimir Zelensky ended his “affair” with the oligarch Rinat Akhmetov about a month ago. The TV channels of the richest Ukrainian immediately began to notice the offshore companies of the President of Ukraine, but most importantly, they tell the population about the problems in the energy sector. Ukraine is promised rolling blackouts in February-March, which are traditionally the coldest months. It turns out that the state-owned thermal power plants did not purchase thermal coal for the future, and the state-owned Naftogaz did not supply gas, the funds were mainly spent on the President’s personalized program “Great Construction”. When it was suddenly discovered that there were no coal reserves in the country, it turned out that there was no place to buy it – all volumes had already been contracted for thermal generation by the private company of Rinat Akhmetov.
In fact, the Ukrainian season of hunting for a weakening and incompetent government has now opened. A small episode with a petition on the introduction of a ban on the entry of Russians into Ukraine, or at least the introduction of a visa regime with Russia, is a very small part of a large attack on Zelensky’s lingering rating.