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The mayor of Ukraine's capital proposed on Friday introducing
The mayor of Ukraine's capital proposed on Friday introducing a new tax on all luxury items, including designer shoelaces, Ukraine's UNIAN news agency reported.

Speaking to the city council, Kiev Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky announced his goals to pass a new luxury tax to include all frivolous items, including Italian Brioni designer shoelaces.

"Starting tomorrow, we could put a tax on everything: cars, planes... the list just goes on," he was quoted as saying by the Ukrainian agency.

"Even shoelaces from Brioni," he added.

The mayor suggested holding a municipal referendum on the new luxury tax and added that the wealthy people who would have to pay the tax would even be happy about it.

Chernovetsky also believes his initiative would get support from Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, because she told him in a dream.

"I had a great dream about her last night," he was reported as saying. "It wasn't an erotic dream. That didn't happen because I love my wife and sometimes she [Tymoshenko] doesn't love me, but since she's a very serious woman and doesn't allow..."

The mayor broke off without finishing the thought, and continued by saying he knew similar luxury taxes were on the table for Ukraine's budget.

"We think alike, especially at night when dreaming. I got her full support," the mayor said, laughing. "Though she's invisible, she's here and wants us to vote for it."

Tymoshenko and Chernovetsky are constantly bickering. The prime minister has attempted to have the mayor removed from office on several occasions.


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