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February 08, 2010 – Comments (5)

Elections in the Ukraine probably deserve an entry in the Guinness book of records as the first election in which the top job was contended by two ex-prisoners. Mr. Yanukovich has served two prison terms, one for robbery, and the other for aggravated assault. Ms. Timoshenko has spent a few weeks in jail for financial improprieties. One can only feel sorry for the voters who had to make a tough choice between the lady and the thug. Still, the victory of the candidate who makes two spelling errors in the words "Prime Minister", talks about "famous poet Chekhov", and makes references to the "best Ukrainian genocide" ("I see here in this room the best Ukrainian genocide." - You mean, the best gene pool? -"Yes, and the gene pool too") would make Socrates feel justified in his critique of democracy. In a recent meeting with supporters, after Mr. Yanukovich finished reading his speech from paper, he blurted out into the microphone that he thought had been turned off, "What are these imbeciles still waiting for?" Looks like imbeciles have finally elected their president.

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#1) On February 08, 2010 at 10:47 AM, lemoneater (81.66) wrote:

Nothing like previous job experience. How sad!

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#2) On February 08, 2010 at 11:00 AM, russiangambit (29.16) wrote:

There is a bit more to the story other than the obvious lack of any decent choice.

Ukraine can be divided into two parts - Eastern which historically was a part of Russian Empire in one form or another and Western which was a part of Poland (initially against its will , you can read a great book by Gogol called "Taras Bulba" to get the idea) and then Poland itself was sometimes independent , sometimes under German influence and sometimes part of Russian Empire. Eastern part is very russian leaning while Western part is western leaning and there is  continuous feuding between these two parts jockeying for the position of power.

So when ukrainians vote for Yanukovich they actually vote for him as a figurehead facilitating closer ties with Russia. Whatever his moral character it is clear to everyone that Moscow will be calling the shots. The so much touted Orange revolution of few years ago though was the win for the western leaning polticians but it didn't bring any noticable advantage to ukranians other than pretty words and so  they lost in these latest elections.

Actually, the situation reminds quite a bit the US 2-party system where nothing gets accomplished because the emotional divide is so great.

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#3) On February 08, 2010 at 11:26 AM, starbucks4ever (97.71) wrote:

russiangambit, 

A pro-Russian candidate would be fine with me (but not a pro-Putin one!), but why don't they find some pro-Russian guy who is not a thief? First he's stealing hats, then he's steling votes, now I'm wondering how much he will still when it comes to money.

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#4) On February 08, 2010 at 11:27 AM, starbucks4ever (97.71) wrote:

steal, of course (am I making spelling errors like Yanukovich? :)

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#5) On February 08, 2010 at 11:38 AM, russiangambit (29.16) wrote:

#3 -  I don't really know why they don't bring some fresh blood. It has been almost 20 years since USSR collapse and they still have all the same faces. Ukraine had a whole string of sub-par leaders since separation from USSR . Actually that pro-US guy Yutzenko was a bright spot but he was blocked at all sides so nothing got done and he is out. That is always the thing with corrupt governments, either you play and pay by the rules or you are out.

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