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The people in Ukraine have rejected the results of a fraudulent election. The US and EU are now expressing the same view. The Kremlin has fostered this fraud and Mr. Putin is unrepentant. Some sources indicate that there may be Russian shock troops in Kyiv.
RARELY WE LIVE IN A MOMENT LIKE NOW WHEN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE CONFRONT CORRUPTION BRAVELY, CHEERFULLY, PEACEFULLY AND DEMAND THE RIGHT TO GOVERN THEIR OWN COUNTRY
YEARS AGO THERE WAS A VELVET REVOLUTION IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA FOLLOWED BY "SOLIDARNOST" IN POLAND
NOW WE HAVE A PEACEFUL REVOLUTION IN UKRAINE AGAINST A CORRUPT REGIME IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE KREMLIN.
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Ukraine court blocks election result
Thu 25 November, 2004 19:00
By Ron Popeski
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's highest court has blocked the
inauguration of the Moscow-backed prime minister as
president, putting fresh wind in the sails of his l
iberal opponent who has led street protests to overturn
The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected official
publication of results that showed Prime Minister
Viktor Yanukovich had beaten Viktor Yushchenko in a
run-off election on Sunday. The ruling effectively
stopped Yanukovich being sworn in as head of state.
The West-leaning Yushchenko, who says he was robbed
of victory by electoral fraud, hailed the ruling as
"This is only the beginning. It is proof that it
is society that always wins. It is small compensation
for the suffering that we have endured," he told tens
of thousands of supporters on Kiev's Independence
quare to wild cheering.
The four days of high tension since the election
have led to warnings of civil conflict by Western
officials and even the country's outgoing president,
and spawned rumours of a violent backlash from
The court, which has shown it is independent-minded i
n the past, also said that next Monday it would examine
Yushchenko's complaint that the prime minister's election
had been rigged.
Under the court ruling, outgoing President Leonid Kuchma,
who has been in power for 10 years and had endorsed
Yanukovich only after long reflection, would stay on
in power for now.
Yushchenko has said he is ready to take part in fresh
elections so long as rules are tightened to prevent
Encouraged by the Supreme Court ruling after four days
of protests in the centre of Kiev, Yushchenko's political allies announced they would ratchet up the pressure.
Firebrand deputy Yulia Tymoshenko urged supporters
to begin a peaceful blockade of the government building
and parliament. She said from Friday there would be moves to coordinate the blocking of major highways to back a planned national strike.
DECREES ON PUBLIC ORDER, MEDIA
Aide Oleksander Zinchenko said Yushchenko, who
symbolically took the oath of office this week,
had issued "decrees" on behalf of a newly created
Committee for National Salvation to uphold public
order and guarantee media freedoms.
Yushchenko vowed earlier there would be no let-up
in protests to overturn the result.
Support for protests remained firm in western and
central regions, Yushchenko's strongholds. In Lviv,
the cradle of nationalism in the west, 10,000 people
demonstrated and many factories were already on strike.
In the divided state's eastern regions, which account
for most of Ukraine's economic muscle, backing was
strong for Yanukovich and relatively few saw any reason
to join a strike.
But even here there were chinks in the
In Kharkiv, Ukraine's second city in the east,
about 30,000 supporters turned out in support
of Yushchenko, according to television footage.
Even in Luhansk, in the heart of the coal belt, 2,000 workers
marched on the challenger's behalf.
In Kiev, dozens of buses packed mostly with young men,
were seen parked without explanation at various points
n the city centre. That fuelled residents' fears of
In The Hague, Ukraine's crisis dominated summit talks
between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the European
Union presidency, who are at odds on the issue.
Putin, who congratulated Yanukovich as the summit began,
later said outsiders had no moral right to push Ukraine
into "mayhem". Ukrainian courts, he said, should resolve
Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski will arrive
in Kiev on Friday to meet Kuchma, Poland's PAP news
agency said, citing the Polish embassy in Kiev.
Kwasniewski's press office was not immediately
available to comment.
Poland, a NATO and EU member, is Ukraine's main
The West has made clear to Ukraine it regards the
election as fraudulent. Apart from sharp EU criticism,
the United States has warned Ukraine there could be
consequences for their ties.
As Ukraine seethed with turmoil for a fourth successive
day, the central bank said it would support banks if
they were hit by a run on deposits, sparked by political
The dispute reflects passionate differences over the orientation of Ukraine, a country of 47 million people that has a common history with Russia but also wants to grow closer to three new EU members on its borders.
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visit of Dr. KISSINGER to Ukraine. The following
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HEADLINES & COMMENTS UKRAINE IN THE WORLD INFORMATION SPACE
"Soros for Breakfast"
A Ukrainian opposition weekly Svoboda has doubted the
sincerity of the coming visit to Ukraine by former
US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the invitation
of magnate Viktor Pinchuk, the Ukrainian president's
It said the visit comes on the eve of the election and
in the wake of a recent visit by US philanthropist and
financier George Soros.
It said Kissinger could be used for propaganda purposes
to benefit the authorities presidential candidate,
Viktor Yanukovych, possibly in exchange for business
............(cont. from another source)
October 22 Overview of Presidential Campaign
One week ahead of presidential elections in Ukraine:
houses blown up, pickets held, searches carried out,
election headquarters conquered Р Р†Р вЂљР’В¦
Among major events relating to the presidential
campaign, which took place today, we may highlight
the arrival of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger to Ukraine, a large number of violent
incidents: explosions, searches, pickets and so on,
which took place throughout the country, and statements
made in this regard by representatives of Ukrainian authorities.
The former United States Secretary of State,
Henry Kissinger, today paid his fourth visit to
Ukraine. He met with frontrunning Ukrainian presidential
candidates Viktor Yuschenko and Viktor Yanukovich.
He also met with Ukraine's President Leonid Kuchma and
Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn.
During their meeting, Viktor Yuschenko and Henry Kissinger
discussed Ukraine's role in the development of geopolitics
in the European continent. With Viktor Yanukovich, Mr. Kissinger discussed the participation of Ukraine in the Iraq peacekeeping process and the help it has provided in that context. During their meeting Messrs. Kissinger and Kuchma discussed the state of and prospects for cooperation in trade and the development of political dialogue between Ukraine and the United States. Kissinger said that Ukraine has made significant progress in the economy since independence. He also stressed Ukraine's big role in global politics.
Talking to journalists, Henry Kissinger said that he did not
see any grounds for concerns about possible violations in the
course of presidential elections in Ukraine.
Kissinger voiced the opinion that it is advantageous for
Ukraine to have closer relations with Russia but it may
have all the grounds to support the trans-Atlantic course
of integration. He said, "Ukraine should prevent its
internal policy processes from becoming an obstacle on
the path to better relations with the West."
............ (continued from another source
An interview with Vadim Rabinovich, president of the
All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress
06.09.2004, [17:25] // interview //
[Shlynchak, Lymar] Vadym Zinovyevych, there seem to be a
whole lot of myths mixed in with the truth about the
Jewish world community. Now [MP, magnate and President
Kuchma's son-in-law] Viktor Pinchuk, for example, is very
busy with international contacts: he is arranging meetings
between the president and [former US State Secretary] Henry
Kissinger, [US financier] George Soros, and
[former US President] George Bush, senior. Who is more
influential worldwide today - your organization or
..............(continued from another source)
EURASIA DAILY MONITOR Volume 1 Issue 126 (November 12, 2004)
DEEP CONTRADICTIONS CLOUD YANUKOVYCH'S FOREIGN POLICY
Since March 2003, Yanukovych and his team have spent
$1,041,396.50 on public relations work (Ukrayinska pravda,
November 10). This sum was paid to six Washington,
DC-based companies to improve his image as Prime Minister
and presidential candidate, as well as his government's
image. The data is openly available from the FARA
(Foreign Agents Registration Act) registration unit.
Other large amounts are being spent by Dnipropetrovsk
oligarch Viktor Pinchuk, who has concentrated on bringing
American VIPs to Ukraine, most recently former Secretary of
State Henry Kissinger.
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Haaretz, Kathimerini, F.A.Z. Weekly, JoongAng Daily, The Daily Star, El PaР вЂњР’Вs
Ukraine II: EU hypocrisy must end
Alexander J. Motyl International Herald Tribune
Friday, November 26, 2004
NEW YORK Leading European Union officials have been quick to
reject the results of Ukraine's disputed presidential election.
But there is no disguising the fact that for 13 years the EU
has been indifferent to democracy in Ukraine.
The Union should redeem itself by supporting the Ukrainian
population's democratic aspirations with the prospect of
Though Ukraine's elections were marred by extensive fraud,
events this week testify to a vigorous citizenry that is
willing to fight, stubbornly and peacefully, for its rights.
The extent of popular mobilization after the elections in
support of the opposition leader, Viktor Yushchenko,
demonstrates that Ukrainians want real democracy.
Who, then, is opposed to democracy in Ukraine? President Leonid
Kuchma and his cronies, including his anointed successor,
Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich. President Vladimir Putin of
Russia, who has consistently supported the most reactionary
forces in all the non-Russian states as part of a plan to
extend Russian hegemony over the former Soviet space. And
Europe is supposed to stand for democracy, human rights,
civil society and the rule of law, but EU policies toward
Ukraine suggest that Europe is indifferent to
democracy - except when supporting democracy is easy
and accords with its crude self-interest.
The countries of Eastern and Central Europe were offered
the prospect of EU membership immediately after achieving
independence, but Ukraine was not. Indeed, the EU's partnership
and cooperation agreement with Ukraine, like its agreement
with Russia, is explicitly premised on no future membership.
Ukraine is as Slavic as Poland, Slovakia and the Czech
Republic. It's as Christian as any European country - and
as secular as any European country. Its population is
urban, educated and technologically savvy. Its historical
and cultural connections with Poland, Hungary, Austria,
Germany, Greece and France are extensive.
So what's the problem? Yes, Ukraine was, and still is, a
transitional post-Soviet state. Yes, its politics are not
yet fully democratic and its economics are not yet fully
market-oriented. But neither were Poland's and Hungary's
in 1990. If they could be invited to join the EU then,
surely Ukraine could be invited to join the EU now.
More important, the prospect of EU membership has been
decisive in pushing the east central European states,
and Turkey, along the path of reform. And what works for
Poland and Turkey would work for Ukraine.
By not offering Ukraine that prospect, the EU has
effectively undercut the argument of Ukraine's
pro-Western democrats, such as Yushchenko, that
Ukraine's only path of development lies in joining Europe.
Why doesn't the EU simply say that it wants Ukraine to
join, on condition of course that Ukraine meet all the
demanding entry criteria? Ukraine is decades away from s
uch a goal, so Europe need not worry about subsidizing
another poor country and assimilating immigrants anytime
soon. But getting to democracy, the market and rule of law
would be so much easier for Ukraine if Europe simply
extended a hand.
So why doesn't Europe do something so simple, effective
and cost-free? Part of the reason that many West Europeans
are still appallingly ignorant about their immediate
neighbor, a country the size of France. Part of the
reason is that the EU has just admitted 10 new members
and is wondering what to do about Turkey. And part is
purely geopolitical. The Europeans who fear ruffling
Russia's feathers, are happy to concede Ukraine to Moscow
in exchange for Russia's good will, oil and gas.
But isn't that just realpolitik? Isn't that sacrificing
democracy, human rights, and rule of law on the altar of
self-interest? Isn't that a repudiation of everything the
EU claims to stand for?
If the EU fails to support democracy in Ukraine by
offering EU membership, then it repudiates its claim
to being a new community of states that rests on values.
(Alexander J. Motyl is the author of Р Р†Р вЂљР Р†Р вЂљDilemmas of I
ndependence: Ukraine After TotalitarianismР Р†Р вЂљРІвЂћСћР Р†Р вЂљРІвЂћСћ (1992)
and co-editor of Р Р†Р вЂљР Р†Р вЂљRussiaР Р†Р вЂљРІвЂћСћs Engagement With the WestР Р†Р вЂљРІвЂћСћР Р†Р вЂљРІвЂћСћ (2004).)
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Putin says Russia will not interfere in Ukraine elections
THE HAGUE (AFX) - Russian president Vladimir Putin said
Russia will not interfere in the disputed presidential
elections in the Ukraine.
'We don't believe it is our right to interfere in any
manner in the electoral process', Putin said, following a summit meeting with European Union in The Hague.
However, he also said that the results of the Ukraine
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The threat of violence grows as Ukraine's elections
protest widens. MARK MacKINNON is on the streets as
crowds confront riot police, and in parliament to see
the challenger declare himself president
The scene: With a stern look, an emerging VIP demonstrates
that the times are changing fast
By MARK MacKINNON
Wednesday, November 24, 2004 - Page A1
KIEV -- The soldiers guarding the doors of Ukraine's
Verkhovnaya Rada were not sure who was in charge any more.
The old protocols said no one was supposed to enter t
he country's parliament buildings without a special
access pass. My press accreditation, issued by the
Foreign Ministry, wasn't going to be good enough.
I spoke with several uniformed soldiers, who passed
me on to a low-ranking official from the press centre,
who let me talk to her boss, who told me I'd have to
get a fax from my editor in Toronto asking for a Rada
pass, and then we'd see.
The old rules were swept away minutes later, when
Viktor Yushchenko -- the man who millions of
Ukrainians believe won Sunday's presidential election
-- arrived in the building with his entourage,
including his deputy, Yulia Tymoshenko, whom I'd
met several times before.
Overhearing the kerfuffle, Ms. Tymoshenko stopped,
gave the guards a stern look and motioned with her
hand that I should be allowed in. The press official
looked at the head of the guards, who shrugged.
For all they knew, Mr. Yushchenko could be president b
y the end of the day, and Ms. Tymoshenko his prime minister.
The look they exchanged communicated that it was best not
to offend those who might wind up signing their next paycheque.
The moment encapsulated a chaotic day in Ukraine's
Street sweepers employed by the city tried to go
about their jobs as if everything were normal, acting
as though they were somehow oblivious to the thousands
of students who had set up tents in the middle of the
very streets they were trying to clean.
Police watched the whole scene helplessly, obviously
lacking orders about how to handle the situation.
I wound up in the gallery of the Rada, a grand
chamber decorated with chandeliers and a blue-and-yellow
map of Ukraine over the Speaker's chair, watching what
Mr. Yushchenko's supporters hoped would be the birth of
a new Ukraine. It was messy to witness.
Opposition deputies had the numbers to force Speaker
Volodymyr Lytvyn to call a special session, but not
enough on their own to pass any legislation. When it
became clear that no one from the pro-Yanukovich factions
or from the Communist Party was going to show up, any
existing plan was clearly thrown off the rails.
As one deputy after another got up and gave speeches
condemning violations in Sunday's vote, a crowd of a
dvisers gathered around Mr. Yushchenko's desk to the
right of the Speaker's chair. Ms. Tymoshenko, a political
firebrand who seems to push the more conciliatory Mr.
Yushchenko further than he might otherwise go, was
standing in the middle of the pack, urging him once
more to take it as far as he could.
Mr. Yushchenko heeded her advice, and moments later
took the Rada's podium with a 16th-century copy of t
he New Testament in hand, read the oath of office and
declared himself president of Ukraine.
"We won," Mr. Yushchenko told the assembled deputies.
He was answered by cheers of "Bravo, Mr. President!"
from those in the Rada, and an even larger ovation
when he opened a window to address the tens of thousands
of his supporters who had gathered on the streets outside,
surrounding the parliament building.
The only dissenting voice came from Mr. Lytvyn, the
Speaker, who called the process a farce. "There will
be no oath for you," he told Mr. Yushchenko before
cutting live transmission of the session.
The scene left Ukraine with too many leaders. Mr.
Yushchenko claims the presidency, as does Prime
Minister Viktor Yanukovich, the man who won Sunday's
highly disputed vote, at least according to the central
Meanwhile President Leonid Kuchma has yet to finish
his term, and many believe the real power still lies
in Moscow, with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"Ukraine now has four presidents," political analyst
Markiyan Bilynsky sighed.
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on March 7, 2003 Alex Kiselev signed a written
agreement with the law firm of Venable, LLP to provide
PR services to Mr. Yanukovych for the amount of $100,000.
Alex Kiselev signed and initialed every page of the
agreement acting on behalf of Mr. Yanukovych. On behalf
of Venable the agreement was signed by Mr. Patrick E.
OР Р†Р вЂљРІвЂћСћDonnell and Mr. James George Jatras.
....Venable, LLP is tasked to work on improving the
image of Viktor Yanukovych personally, rather than the
country of Ukraine. Additional amounts are as follows:
- $ 10,000 for arranging a formal state dinner at the
US Department of State, Р Р†Р вЂљРЎС™with a success fee of an
additional $ 10,000 if these efforts are successful.Р Р†Р вЂљРЎСљ
- $ 20,000 for arranging a personal meeting at the
White House between Prime Minister Yanukovych and
President Bush, Р Р†Р вЂљРЎС™with a success fee of $ 60,000 to be
paid if these efforts are successful.Р Р†Р вЂљРЎСљ. Since Mr.
Yanukovych did not come to Washington in the spring of
2003 as was originally planned, no fees were paid for
arranging a State Department dinner or a White House
meeting, ... According to the US Department of Justice
Supplemental Statement (Form CRM-154) for a six month
period ending November 30, 2003, filed by Venable LLP,
it is reported on page 5 that Alex Kiselev paid the
total amount of $ 341,396.50 for providing PR services
on behalf of Mr. Yanukovych. ...beginning in March 2003,
Kiselev paid $1,041,396.50 to PR firms in Washington to
promote Viktor Yanukovych?! So do we have now to accept
as true that it was a charitable contribution out of his