One year after his inauguration, the Ukrainian president has taken the country in a more authoritarian direction
IN 2003 Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine’s president, published a book called “Ukraine is not Russia”. Just over a year later the “orange revolution” broke out in Kiev, depriving Viktor Yanukovich of his rigged victory in a presidential election. Although Mr Kuchma’s book was mainly about history and culture, after the revolution its title was projected onto politics, becoming a mantra to both Ukrainians and the West. The rejection of Mr Yanukovich’s election was seen as a new stage in the eastward expansion of Western values.
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