The economy is in a worse shape than during WW II; the Oranges wrecked the economy and must go.
Opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych said this at an antigovernment rally at Maidan last Friday.
While the first claim blows things out of proportion, there is some merit to the second claim. Whatever the merit, I wouldn’t trust Yanukovych to fix the cheap labor/commodity-cursed McDonbas economy that he had built with his mentor Kuchma.
A distinguished ProFFessor of Kuchamanomics, Yanukovych would be the last person to cure the economy that Yushchenko and Tymoshenko left without reform as they fought their turf wars.
Cautious and curious. That’s how I would describe Yanukovych supporters, be they students or seniors. Thousands of them travelled to Kyiv by bus or train as political tourists from eastern Ukraine, on a daily allowance of $10-20, in a throwback to spring 2007 pro-Yanukovych protests.
Some things have changed, though. In spring 2007, the Party of Regions travel agency educated its masses on how stabilnist (stability) brings dobrobut (prosperity), and how early elections ruin both.
Today, Yanukovych argues quite the opposite: that the only way to achieve stabilnist and dobrobut is to hold early parliamentary and presidential elections.
He gave the government until April 14 to work out an anticrisis strategy, or face stronger protests.
"Government, you're responsible for the crisis!"
Occasional Ukrainian banners spotted: an “I, too, am Ukraine” innovation at otherwise pro-Russian Party of Regions rallies
“Yulya, get out! We're all in the opposition!”
Note: Ironically, “Мы все в опозиции” (“We're all in the opposition!”) sounds rather uncommon in Russian, evoking cliches like “Мы все в жопе/дерьме!” (“We're all screwed!”)
"Lyubi druzi (cronies) must go!"
Yanuk likes 'em young and old
Sign reads “Severodonetsk,” the city where the Party of Regions held a separatist convention in late 2004, amid the Orange Revolution.
Orthodox ladies, officers and gentlemen
Nice rally outfit!
Berezivsky rayon, Odesa oblast
"Glory to the Party of Regions! Glory to the people of Ukraine!"
A family reunion...
Speaker, addressing Tmoshenko: "You're merely the mother-in-law of an Englishman, and not the Queen of England. And you should behave like you live in Ukraine, instead of flying around somewhere in the Europes and God knows where. Who would have believed that the price of gas would rise tenfold. When Viktor Fyodorovich Yanukovich* ran the government, we almost got it for free. And what do we have now?
[*Name and patronymic transliterated from Russian]
And I see your true colors shining through...