Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

Ukraine update

Following last Wednesday’s worrying Ukraine update, more rather concerning analysis from Scott at Foreign Notes:

“in a country where there is no rule of law, and Kushnaryov’s statement that they would install Yanukovych as PM no matter what the president did is just more evidence of this, it matters who controls the buildings. If you control the right buildings you control the bureaucracy, the documents and the stamps. That is the key to power here… To get anything done you have to have them and that often means paying a “fee” to get them. So the coffers begin to fill up again as your cronies are entrenched in centers of power. Just like it used to be. Power means more money and more money means more power…”And no court order and no presidential order, nothing short of a revolution, will dislodge these people from their positions of power, that is, from the buildings… That is what it took last time, but the people have no stomach for it again, I’m afraid…So I don’t know which is worse, new elections or letting the goons back in the door. Between two bad ideas, which one?”

Meanwhile, Orange Ukraine notes despairingly that

“Even assuming there were a chance of bringing back the Orange coalition, neither new elections nor protests will help.”

All is very far from well in Ukraine – yet the English language press seems utterly unconcerned at this crisis on the EU’s borders.