Things heading towards social riots in Ukraine – expert

13:12, 18 November 2008
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Due to the huge disbalance between the poorest and the rishect

Razumkov Center deputy director general Valeriy Chaly does not rule out that the misbalance in the social sphere of Ukraine may cause social riots.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, he said this to a press conference in Kyiv.

“The main threat is not even the economic crisis but the huge disbalance between the poorest and the richest ones. In Ukraine, there are 5% of the richest and 5% of the poorest, by different data, the gap between them makes from 38 to 70 times. It is the most critical showing in Europe. Considering looming social problems, unemployment, fall of population’s incomes, reduction of buying power and the social level as a whole, it may cause a social tension, if not riots”, the expert said.

According to him, “it will happen very soon, because, objectively, it’s impossible to find a way out of the economic crisis without curtailing workplaces and reducing social payments”.

“We should speak frankly about that. The biggest threat is the people’s attitude to the situation. Steep hopes resulted, in fact, in an apathy as the first consequence. We should be ready to rallies, social-economic demands from trade unions and illegal actions of separate people”, V.Chaly stressed.

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