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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Paid Yanukovych Fans Still Rally Outside CEC

They’ve been camping outside the Central Election Commission building since Round 1, in a hardcore parody of the Orange Revolution.

They will not go away until Yanukovych is sworn in.

Tymoshenko remains incommunicado, despite repeated promises to hold a press conference and/or address the nation.

Her camp plans to contest results from 1,000 polling stations.
According to maverick MP Taras Chornovil, a former Regionalist, Yanukovych gave free bus rides to about 20% of his voters in eastern Ukraine

“Don’t be afraid. I’m with you!” says a post-election Yanukovych poster that apparently tries to reach out to Orange voters. (H/t

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elmer said...

Typical Party of Regions.

The bigwigs gather at the InterContinental Hotel, complete with drinks and food for their celebration - with Phil Griffin, of the Paul Manafort group.

But they convince the idiots to support them to wear blue trash bags and stand out in the freezing cold for a few hryvnia - as sort of self-appointed vigilantes.

Do they think that the buildings will suddenly start singing and dancing?

Plus -

there seems to be an awful lot of rooshan being spoken by Yakoobovych and his supporters.

I thought this was Ukraine.

Maybe I'm mistaken.

The space cadet mayor speaks rooshan.

Yabookovych speaks rooshan.

What country is this?

elmer said...

From the Kyiv Post:

The late British writer Douglas Adams once wrote an anecdote on politics that went something like this: There is a country ruled by monkeys. The people hate being ruled by monkeys, and the monkeys hate the people, and they are all rotten at the business of government anyway. Nevertheless, every five years, the people dutifully go to the polls and vote for another monkey to be their leader. When asked “Why don’t you just stop voting for monkeys, if they’re all so awful?” the people reply, “But if we didn’t vote, the wrong monkey might get in.”

And, indeed, the only choice that Ukraine has had is to vote for monkeys.

Taras said...

Chernovetsky knows a Ukrainian song or two but hardly speaks Ukrainian.

Yanukovych does speak Ukrainian, but speaks Russian when addressing his electoral base in eastern Ukraine.

I'm glad at least one monkey landed on her ass, Moroz-style. I hope she learns the lesson and keeps the other monkeys busy.

elmer said...

In ancient Rome, whenever there was a triumphal march, or even on other occasions, a slave was given the task of walking behind the general or emperor that was being feted and repeating "remember - you are a mortal."

That was the Roman tradition - in order to keep the general or emperor from getting too big for his britches, and pissing of the gods.

I have no doubt that Tymo has learned a lesson here.

There may be some other Ukrainian politicians who have learned a lesson here.

But I have no doubt that the Party of Regions has learned the wrong lesson here, and has come to the wrong conclusions - you can see it already, when bodyguards from the Party of Regions start attacking Serhiy Leshchenko, a journalist, and demanding his camera, for taking pictures of Khmelnytsky arriving at Party of Regions headquarters to engage in talks about forming a "get Yulia" coalition.

Ukraine has Olympic skating champions, a world chess champion, world boxing champions, European footballer of the year, tennis champions, and other accomplished people.

Yet, what comes out of the Ukrainian political muck is a criminal and his merry band of thieves in the Party of Regions.

It is not only unfortunate, but truly shameful, that Ukraine has elected a неграмотний бовдур - an illiterate criminal - as its president.

It is even worse that Ukraine continues to tolerate a system that is designed to support about 30 oligarchs and their henchmen in lavish wealth and comfort, using and abusing government for that wealth.

I hope that in addition to Tymoshenko, Ukrainians have also learned their lesson.

But given all the brainwashed sovok relics and their progeny who can't think still walking around in Ukraine like zombies - I have my doubts.

khabar said...

I am under impression that Ukranians often choose Russian to underline their opposition in disputes.
At least that's what I saw of Rada on Ukranian TV.
It's like ukrocans of Quebec, who have to respect French language due to minority's Constitutional right and
being minority within minority, need to possess both.

Taras said...


Ukrainians who voted for Yanukovych will learn as they go.


Ukrainian politicians switch to Russian when trying to level with eastern Ukraine.

Heavily Russified, eastern Ukraine remains a region where Ukrainians make up a majority, but the Russian/Soviet identity dominates.

Ukrophone Ukrainians who live in eastern Ukraine can be compared to Francophone Quebecers who live outside Quebec. If I lived in Quebec, I would join those Ukrainian Canadians who can speak French.

I enjoyed studying French for two years in school and I regret not having had the opportunity to practice it.

khabar said...


I wonder who told them they are Russified Ukranians? The government?

And what's wrong with Soviet identity, if authorities cannot change their mind by any means except imbedding new heroes into their heads?
Now talk about new mills and factories.

Taras said...

Actually they told the government:)

According to our 2001 census, 77.8% identified themselves as ethnic Ukrainians. However, only 85.2% of those self-identified ethnic Ukrainians declared Ukrainian as their mother tongue.

A few more census figures to support my point:

USSR 1926
Ukrainians in Ukraine: 23,218,860
Ukrainians in Russia: 7,873,000
Russians in Ukraine: 2,677,166

Ukraine 2001
Ukrainians in Ukraine: 37,541,700
Russians in Ukraine: 8,334,100

Russia 2002
Russians in Russia: 115,889,100
Ukrainians in Russia: 2,943,000

I wonder what the picture will look like when Russia and Ukraine complete their next scheduled censuses in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

As a Ukrainian who lives in Ukraine, I support the “one language, one country” formula. If Russia, a federation, maintains one official language (Russian), then Ukraine, a unitary state, too should maintain one official language (Ukrainian).

Ukraine should adhere to a civilized degree of regional diversity, and so should Russia. The double standard must go. Today, Ukraine offers more rights to its ethnic Russians (heavily dissimilated) than Russia does to its ethnic Ukrainians (heavily assimilated).

So…give-and-take yes, give-and-give no:)

khabar said...

Well, Ukrainization started from 1923 as Bolsheviks' plan to tear off the empirial past. Unsurprisingly the number of Ukranians became that high. Stalin continued the policy of his predeccessors, right?
When Soviet Empire broke up, the population of Ukraine has dropped from 56 mln in 1991 to 31 mln in 2010. Both Russians and Ukranians of Ukraine moved to better places.
I suspect Ukranians of Russia also moved somewhere.

khabar said...

I mean "from 51 mln to 46 mln people."

Taras said...

You mean 3 years of Ukrainization had created 7.8 million fake Ukrainians in Russia by 1926? It doesn’t make sense to me.

The Ukrainization of the 1920s (Ukrainian korenization) benefited Ukrainian communities throughout the USSR by establishing Ukrainian schools, theaters, newspapers, etc. It primarily dissimilated Ukrainians from Russians without assimilating Russians into Ukrainians. One can think of it as the cultural equivalent of the NEP — an experiment designed to strengthen, not weaken, the Soviet regime.

By contrast, Russification assimilated non-Russians into Russians while dissimilating Russians from non-Russians (in non-Russian Soviet republics).

Let me provide just a few examples:

In Kamchatka, Russia, where Ukrainians make up 5.95% of the population (officially), only one Ukrainian-language newspaper exists.

In Pavlohrad, Dnipropetrovsk oblast (where Ukrainians make up 79.3% of the population), a group of people who spoke Ukrainian on the job got fired.

That’s the legacy of Russification.

Depopulation is a different problem. Ukraine’s population has declined from 52.24 million in 1992 to 45.9 in January 2010.

It’s a big problem in Russia too, despite a repatriation program and millions of labor migrants coming from the former USSR.