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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:53 PM
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Archenemy of Orange Revolution tops Ukraine vote: Russia likely winner in runoff
Source: AP, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Archenemy of Orange Revolution tops Ukraine vote: Russia likely winner in runoff
By Associated Press
January 17, 2010, 5:41PM


DOUGLAS BIRCH and SIMON SHUSTER, Associated Press Writers

KIEV, Ukraine -- Disillusioned voters gave the archenemy of Ukraine's pro-democracy Orange Revolution a first-place finish in the initial round of presidential voting Sunday, setting up a showdown with the heroine of the 2004 revolt, an exit poll showed.

The survey predicted that pro-Russian opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych will finish first in the hard-fought contest. Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will finish second, clearing the path for a runoff between the pair next month, the poll showed.

The vote appeared to be a repudiation of the Orange revolt by voters weary of endemic corruption and economic mismanagement.

The two leading candidates stood on opposite sides of the barricades during the peaceful mass demonstrations that kicked out a reputedly corrupt government in 2004. Yanukovych, then-prime minister, was a presidential candidate with the backing of the Kremlin. Tymoshenko and the Orange forces swarming the streets denounced Russian interference in his initial victory, which was eventually overturned.
Today, both say they will abandon efforts to join NATO and pledge to repair ties to Russia, the region's dominant power.

President Viktor Yushchenko, who led the Orange Revolution alongside Tymoshenko and was poisoned by dioxin during the race, garnered 6 percent of the vote in the exit poll, putting him in fifth place after five hapless years in office

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Read more: http://www.cleveland.com/world/index.ssf/2010/01/archen...



Yuschenko's wife was a Heritage Foundation fellow. I guess they didn't expect incompetent, neocon, neoliberal government.

Five hapless years in office.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:13 PM
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1. Well, now they get a Kremlin stooge instead again.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:19 PM
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2. So it was really just an "Orange Interruption"?
Or something like that?
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:24 PM
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3. "pro-democracy Orange Revolution" AP catapulting the propaganda from line 1
since the neolibs are the "democracy party," their opponents must be "Russian totalitarianism," and thus anti-democratic even if elected democratically: same crap Reagan pulled when the Sandinistas were elected in 1984 and Bush against Hamas in 2006. Democracy doesn't mean voting for who the people want, it's voting for someone in lockstep with the biggest soi-disant democracy around...a very neat little trick
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New Dawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:34 PM
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4. The "Orange Revolution" (just like all the other color coups) was Made in the USA.
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 08:38 PM by New Dawn
Just read up on the "National Endowment for Democracy" and other similar US government created/funded entities, designed to bring right-wing, "pro-US" (i.e. pro-Wall Street) governments to power all over the world. Viktor Yanukovych is basically just a social-democrat who wants to stay outside of NATO and the EU. A majority of Ukrainians have the same sentiments. His victory will be a victory for Ukraine.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:42 PM
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5. Yep. I call them color-coded coups (with or without Twitter).

The International Republican Institute is another fine institution to study when studying foreign election/poll fraud.

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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:31 PM
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6. Maybe they are fed up with the Orange Bull of empty dreams?
Take note Western World. You can't expect the rest of the world to live in poverty so you can bask in wealth.
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