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Thursday, September 22, 2005

My position on Ukraine.

I wrote last week that I was not sure which side to support after the Ukrainian government brought about by the "Orange Revolution" split into two factions upon President Viktor Yuschenko's dismissal of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. I have now decided to take sides.

As you may know, President Yushchenko's nominee for Prime Minister was rejected by parliament a few days ago. Not willing to accept this result, Yushchenko nominated the same man a second time. In order to ensure that his choice passed this time around, the President formed a political alliance with the "Party of Regions", led by former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich. If you don't remember, Yanukovich was Yushchenko's rival for the Presidency in last year's election. Yanucovich was the annointed successor of dictator Leonid Kuchma, and his "victory" in the rigged presidential election was the event which sparked the "Orange Revolution" in the first place! This is a step back for democracy in Ukraine, and the people should not tolerate it. I therefore emplore the people of Ukraine to return Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to power in the coming parliamentary elections.

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At Thu Sep 22, 08:34:00 PM MDT, Blogger Kliuch said...

I am from Ukraine. I was in the middle of the Revolution, I was on Maydan, and the time I was not there, I was working for Yushchenko headquarters' legal team. I did support the revolution.

To tell the truth, I also disapprove of the "Memorandum" between Yushchenko and Yanukovych. But I disagree with the author of this post about everything else.

Not going into the deep of the governmental crisis, I just want you and everybody else to know, that Yulia Tymoshenko is no better than Yushchenko, no better than Poroshenko (the guy that was accused of corruption) or anyone else. She is tied up with a big oliargchic group called "Privat" headed by Ihor "Benya" Kolomoyskiy.

Some time ago they cut a bargain: Privat purchases one of the major and the most popular TV channels in Ukraine ("1+1") for Tymoshenko who desperately needs a media resource in view of the March elections, whereas she assists in re-privatization of a ferro-alloy plant, the 4th biggest in the world, that is now controlled by Privat's business rivals. She made her part, Privat made its.

I really think that it is the reason to cut her off the coalition (although it should be a good reason to fire her!), but in view of the growing scandal with mutual accusations of all the sins in the world, Yushchenko did the correct thing sacking everybody involved.

In proposing the new candidate for PM, the President made the best choice - a person who is most remote from big business and big politics, a person that is able to keep things stable up until the elections, when probably the new government will be formed.

Tymoshenko's party was stupid not to support that guy, and the MP's from Tymoshenko's party realized it, 7 of them voting for him 2nd time despite of Tymoshenko's threats to kick all the for-voters out of the party!

Don't make hurried decisions, take a look at the situation and how things develop!

At Fri Sep 23, 12:25:00 AM MDT, Blogger ElephantMan said...

Thanks for the input. It is nice to get perspective from locals, as I am not there and can't see everything that you can.

I agree that Tymoshenko is not much better, and my first post on the subject (I think it was about a week ago) did detail my worries that the Tymoshenko government was corrupt. It just seemed, from my vantage point, that Tymosheko might have been the lesser of to evils.

Maybe I would have thought differently if I had access to the same amount of Ukrainian news that you do, but I had to make my judgements based on the meager amount I got from the BBC and the Associated Press. Thanks again for the information!


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