Ukraine–Roses Anew?

by Nathan Hamm on 11/22/2004

Ukraine is a little bit outside of the area we normally cover, but the struggle for democracy in the former Soviet Union has enormous implications for all of the states in the region. I’ve been paying attention since last year’s revolution in Georgia.

That being said, western Ukrainian cities are in open defiance over the reported victory of Prime Minister Viktor Yakunovych over the pro-Western Viktor Yuschenko. (For a bit on why this is, see Alexei).

The Jamestown Foundation called the election “Ukraine’s dirtiest since independence”. As US and European poll-watchers condemn the election, Yuschenko is calling on his supporters to protest through the night.

Being a huge advocate of local, citizen reporting, be sure to check out Neeka’s Backlog and obdymok (via AFoE). Also, check out this photo gallery

Over at AFoE, Doug says that Yanukovych is clearly trying to steal the election, and I’ll take his word on it. 98% turnout? Sure. He also adds this little bit of information, which certainly warms my heart.

In the footage I’ve seen from the main square in Kiev, the new Georgian flags were prominently being waved, suggesting that a pre-revolutionary situation may be well underway.

I’ll try to keep an eye on this as this develops. Please add any good links to stories or other blogs covering this in the comments.

And, if dates are at all important to you… It has been exactly one year since supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili stormed the Georgian parliament and drove Shevardnadze to a compound on the edge of the city. Tomorrow will mark one year since Shevardnadze resigned. Best of luck to the protesters in Ukraine!

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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