Ukrainian media digest 13 -15 September 2014

It is efficient to hold an experiment on decentralization in two eastern and two western regions because it takes a long time to make changes in the Constitution, the head of Donetsk regional state administration Sergey Taruta proposed. “The process of decentralization is a long one. Together with a team we have proposed to speed up the process – to hold an experiment starting from January 1 in Luhansk and Donetsk region and two regions in western Ukraine. We also have submitted Budget code draft law,” Taruta told at the 11th YES forum in Kiev.

In Mariupol, people may be could not only vote for the deputies in the next parliamentary cadence, but also to hold a plebiscite on the separation from Donetsk region. Calls for this initiative are being distributed mainly in social networks and on the specially created Facebook page: “Friends, local from Mariupol! If you agree to come and vote for separation from Donetsk region, join our event. The details whether we will be a Pryazov region, Zaporizhzhya region or the city of republican subordination are not important. What is important is your opinion!”

In Krasny Luch, Luhansk region, members of the illegal armed groups have formed a list of people, who had been “looting the region” in 90s, Vladimir Polevoy, deputy head of NSDC informational service has said today. He says the representatives of the wealthy people of local authorities are in the list. “Wealthy people could be erased from the “black list” for pecuniary reward,” the NSDC representative said.

Russia’s ruling United Russia party is winning more than 70% of votes at Crimean Parliament elections, according to exit poll results announced on Sunday after polling stations were closed. Along with United Russia, according to exit polls, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) and Communist Party (CPRF) are also winning seats in the State Council. Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, however, had called for a boycott of the vote.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a resolution on the accommodation of refugees from Ukraine on the territory of Russia. The resolution aims to promote better organization of the accommodation of refugees from Ukraine and their distribution on the territory of the Russian Federation. Regions which had their refugee accommodation resource used up, including Crimea, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Kursk, Leningrad, Moscow and Rostov regions and the cities Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sevastopol, were instructed to recommend newly arriving refugees to move to other regions of the Russian Federation.

Zaporizhzhya city mayor Aleksandr Sin after “a peace march” attacked one of the activists who had shouted “Disgrace!” addressing it to Aleksandr Sin. The incident took place when Zaporizhzhya city mayor was delivering his speech, while one of the activists were showing he did not like what Aleksandr Sin was talking about. When Sin had finished his speech, he attacked the activist. Governor’s bodyguards stopped the scuffle. It worth mentioning, activists after what had happened told he would appeal to the police against “crazy mayor”.

President Petro Poroshenko has changed the head of Zakarpattia regional state administration. As his press service informed, Poroshenko dismissed head of Zakarpattia regional state administration Valeriy Lunchenko and appointed Vasyl Gubal the interim head instead. The respective decrees of September 15 have been published on the Head of State Website.

The so-called “elections” in three village councils in Pervomaysk region, Crimea, have been postponed until December, Mikhail Malyshev, the head of the Crimean election committee, said. According to his information, elections in three villages are to be postponed until December, 7 2014 due to the fact that the number of registered candidates is equal to the number of mandates.

President Petro Poroshenko dismissed six heads of district state administrations in Kyiv region: Podolsky district administration, Brovarsky district administration, Bilotserkivskyi district administration, Kagarlykskyi district administration, Makarivskyi district administration, Vasylkivksyi district administration, Volodarska district administration. The respective decrees have been signed by the President today.