Parliamentary elections in the Ukraine on March 31 2002 were an exercise in brutality, corruption and manipulation. The Communist Party of the Ukraine gained the third highest number of seats. "The preliminary results of the elections show that mainly the political forces serving the interests of the ruling system, of oligarchic and mafia clans, of the so-called 'money-bags' have come to the Supreme (Verkhovnaya Rada) as well as local authorities", said the Communist Party of Ukraine, in a statement issued last week. "These forces will continue the realisation of the anti-people policy of 'radical market reforms' which will be accompanied by the re-division of spheres of influence and by aggravation of inter-clan conflicts, by the attack of reactionary forces and the President's dictatorship on political and social-economic rights of the absolute majority of citizens of Ukraine." They will pursue anti-people "radical market reforms". The composition of the Supreme (Verkhovnaya) Rada is expected to be as follows: For the United Ukraine — about 130 deputies; Our Ukraine — about 110 deputies; The Communist Party of Ukraine — 66 deputies. Yu.Timoshenko's bloc, the Socialist Party of Ukraine and the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united) — about 25-30 deputies each. The CPU points out that "the results of the elections is the consequence of violating all democratic standards not only in the pre-election period but also on the very day of the elections. "To falsify the results of people's will various 'dirty tricks' were used, many of them were borrowed from the election campaign to the State Duma in the Russian Federation at the end of 2000. "The election campaign in Ukraine was even more cynical, it indisputably testified that the criminal capital is striving for power openly and insolently. "It should be noted that the government and social bodies as well as official representatives of the USA interfered in internal affairs of Ukraine having in mind to influence the results of the elections." The CPU is fully aware of the fact that "working classes cannot come to power by means of elections if the established state mechanism of suppression and falsification coalesced with the oligarchic capital won't be broken". Even after the elections the attacks on the CPU continued. Some CPU candidates were sacked from their jobs. The attacks on the Communist Party of Ukraine during the election campaign as well as attacks on pro-socialist forces in Russia, Byelorussia and especially in Moldova shows the instability of the present capitalist regime. The communist movement is regarded as the main enemy of those regimes, so "Communist parties should coordinate their efforts and support each other", the CPU statement said.