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Ukraine in uproar over minister

UKRAINE was in an uproar yesterday over the appointment as deputy interior minister of a 24-year-old woman who made her name by posing nude and working for a Russian-backed party.

The surprise pick was quietly revealed last Thursday and went largely unnoticed until bloggers and politicians found it on the ministry’s official website.

Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov is a somewhat controversial figure who often uses Facebook to critique his rivals and disperse information that does not always correlate with facts.

The new Deputy Interior Minister Anastasia Deyeva had previously served as one of Avakov’s advisers.

She also posted naked pictures of herself on social media sites and later worked as an assistant in the Party of Regions of the deposed Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovych.

That group has been disbanded but Deyeva’s star has only soared.

“The issue is not her nude photos,” parliament’s deputy speaker Iryna Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook.

She said the main problem was that Deyeva was picked without a public competition or government discussions over the assignment.

Mustafa Nayem — co-leader of Ukraine’s February 2014 pro-EU revolution — said the problem was not Deyeva’s age but the corruption and insider dealings permeating the country nearly three years after street protests appeared to herald change.


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