November 29, 2004

Ukrainian Separatism?

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Note: I really can't spell the two main guy's names. So I won't try. In the jumbled sentences below, if there are e's after it, I am refering to the opposition leader, while if there are a's, I am refering to the prime minister. If there are both, you are kinda screwed.

New developments as reported by the Guardian.

While pro-Yblensd feeling remains strong in the capital, in East Ukraine, people are talking about a fear of a coup placing an 'illegitimate' 'fascist' president in office, making Ukraine into a puppet of America. Hmm…

It's uncertain how strong the actual public sentiment is. The Guardian raises the possibility of heavy media censorship in play - noting how one TV station giving news from a pro-Yedsdfds perspective had its signal shut off, adding that this is a common occurence. And that many of the pro-Yanasusch demonstration were rather non-spontaneous, with workers ordered to participate by their bosses.

Now, the talk in East Ukraine is of separatism – of creating a federal Ukraine with the south-east as an autonomous region – however, this is unlikely to happen.

One sentence in the Guardian report made me look twice:

"...the mafia bosses which now run the region…"

This sounded pretty extreme, so I did a cross check with Google Scholar. However, it looks pretty watertight. Eg. report from Kulver Online

"...World Bank estimates annual sum of bribes equal the total trade turnover for two months…"

and that while some measures exist,

"...the current government is unable, and some say unwilling, to take on corruption…"

Ouchy.

The case looks pretty clean cut, from this direction. Unless anyone has some other pointers? (Note I only skim read the article, so maybe I missed something.)

In any case,


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