Friday, December 5, 2014

Ukrainians refuse to pay utility bills |

Ukraine’s statistics service reports that the total utility bill debt in the country adds up to 11.8 billion hryvnias

The hot water debt is some 5.5 billion hryvnias and the gas debt is about 2 billion.

Oleksandr Okhrimenko, president of the Ukrainian Analytical Center, commented on the situation on Facebook: "As might have been expected, fewer people paid their utility bills in October 2014. Simply said, they prefer to not pay at all."

Okhrimenko believes that this is only the beginning of a 'silent protest' against the 60 percent increase in utility rates which is supposed to be introduced on January 1, 2015.

An increase in the utility rates, including the residential gas prices (which were earlier subsided by the government) is one of the key requirements of the International Monetary Fund and a condition for another tranche of an IMF loan.

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