I was not going to write again about Vadym Rabinoych, showman and part-time MP. But I just cannot escape him wherever I go.
Last Sunday, I was invited to the 112 Ukraine TV channel to speak about the airstrikes in Syria. Strangely, most of the time, I had to discuss the Russia-Ukraine agreement and Ukraine’s withdrawal from the CIS for which I was unprepared. But this is not the point. In the middle of the conversation, the host interrupted me and announced the advertisement that dazzled me a bit. You can see it at 07:31-08:28.
‘For all those wanting changes for the better and are ready to become an MP before the eyes of the whole country, the 112 Ukraine TV channel starts filming new social and political show ‘Candidate’ that will select an MP among all Ukrainians. According to the rules of the project, any Ukrainian citizen could become participant of the show after filling the questionnaire on the program’s website and going through the casting process. Winner of the program will not only be included in the upper part of election list of one the most popular Ukrainian parties, but also get the opportunity to study in Stanford for a year.
Last week, the 112 Ukraine TV channel sent official invitations for participating in the project to all popular political parties and just recently received confirmation from Vadym Rabinovych, leader of the For Life party, who agreed to join the project and guarantee to provide the winner of the show with a spot in his party election list. The castings for participation in the show will start throughout Ukraine soon’.
Maybe I do not want to believe popular notion that Rabinovych is a fraud. But one important detail in this announcement convinces me this notion is right. It says that 112 Ukraine will choose an MP and at the same time stresses that the winner will go to Stanford. Most likely, they mean the US-based Stanford University that has the special internship program for future Ukrainian leaders.
So, who is Rabinovych’s party going to choose during the show? If an MP, how will he or she study in Stanford? In his or her spare time? And if they are looking for a Stanford student how will he or she perform his parliamentary duties?
Rabinovych acts like a real proFFessor akin to Viktor Yanukovych, notorious former Ukrainian president. That is, imitates Western integration by offering total profanation.
Moreover, the fact that, according to the project rules, Rabinovych will send the winner to study in the Western university does not make sense to me. Why did he choose the US and not some Mukhosransk in the Russian Federation since what Rabinovych says in his programs is virtually copy-pasted from the Russian TV channels broadcasts? Russian values are much closer to Rabinovych than the Western ones.
Every program on the 112 Ukraine TV channel hosted by him is full of mantras that we do not need to quarrel with Russia. Like Viktor Medvedchuk, he radiates xenophobic attitudes towards the West and is fond of conspiracy theories.
On April 1, there was a story in his program about Russia-financed agents in Ukraine. Reacting to this, Rabinovych ironically said that if someone wanted to bribe Ukrainian citizens they would better bring the money to him and he would fill the budget of Ukraine (see it at 08:02-08:18).
Such ‘jokes’ obscure the fact that Russia is committing aggression against Ukraine. This example is one of numerous similar episodes in his shows. It won’t be too long before he states that Ukrainians and Russians are ‘brotherly nations’.
In fact, Rabinovych acts like a proxy of the Russian TV in Ukraine by telling lies all the time. Vox Ukraine, the website that created the rating of the biggest liars among politicians, regularly recognizes Rabinovych as either the champion or vice-champion of the rating. The two biggest liars and manipulators of Ukrainian politics, according to Vox Ukraine, are Vadym Rabinovych and Yuliya Tymoshenko.
One should remember that Rabinovych entered the parliament as a member of the Opposition Bloc, successor of the Party of Regions. After bickering with fellow MPs, he left the Opposition Bloc and created his own party, For Life.
According to the article from the Krayina magazine from April 12, For Life is another project of Viktor Medvedchuk that he embraced after failure of the Ukrainian Choice movement, his previous offspring. Even earlier, such information was provided by Glavcom. Judging from Rabinovych’s rhetoric, this could be true.
If to analyze Rabinovych’s statements, we could imagine how this party will look like. This will be the pro-Russian and populist party that, of course, cares about the nation or, more specifically, two ‘brotherly nations’ which should leave peacefully and under no circumstances fight each other. The fact that one nation has bitten off a part of other’s territory and continues to kill its ‘brothers’ should be put aside. Rabinovych’s party looks like another incarnation of the Party of Regions or the Communist Party.
Today, the only activity of the party is its leader’s speeches on TV. The core message of all these speeches is simple: everyone is an idiot and I am a messiah. This is very typical of populists around the world and some voters buy that. As a result, the party rating is growing, at least on paper.
In the announcement about the recruitment of an MP through the TV show, not a single word was dedicated to ideological inclinations of a future candidate. Should he or she be a leftist? A rightist? A centrist? Should he or she support regulated economy or free market? What – human rights or strong government – should be his or her priority?
I am pretty confident that if Rabinovych is asked such questions all he could answer is some kind of joke, since his party program says nothing about ideological issues, except for the most obvious ones such as freedom of people and the like. In other words, it stands for all the good things and against all the bad things.
And so Rabinovych continues to carry on another fake project that exists only in virtual space and is financed from dubious sources.