Source Pravda.Ru

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko to pass coal industry to private owners

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said he wants to reshape the country's coal industry and offer the impoverished state-run coal mines to private owners, the president's office said Tuesday.

Yushchenko said that in a bid to improve the industry's effectiveness, he had ordered Coal Industry Minister Viktor Topolov to "radically change management policy" within a year, according to a statement posted on Yushchenko's Web site.

"(Private) business will introduce order ... Unlike in Russia and other countries, we have no privately owned coal mines," Yushchenko is quoted as saying by the AP.

The Ukrainian coal industry is plagued by lack of funds and its coal mines are among the world's most dangerous. Since the 1991 Soviet collapse, nearly 4,300 miners have died in Ukrainian coal mines.

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Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases