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  •  Sure. (none)
    The political divide does not match the language divide exactly, and I've seen some blog analyses (not confirmed myself), that suggest that the more Russian-speaking cities surprisingly tend to vote more pro-Yushenko than the surrounding countryside in some places (which could perhaps be attributed to people like academia/intellectuals and small bussinessmen crossing over the boundary to support the more liberal-sounding candidates).

    My point was mainly that people should not underestimate that there are real divisions in the country, and that they're a significant political factor there. In fact, I think it's unlikely that this will end up the same way it did in Serbia: there are real fears of the East that the government in power is playing off, and they'll have to be addressed -somehow- to avoid a risk of a split in the country. (And yes, I do think the politicians want it a lot more than the people)

    •  Agreed. (none)
      And I only used the "Russian soul" language because my wife used the term "Russkaya dusha" to explain to ME what it was that the folks who were advocating uncritically and unquestioningly for Yushchenko weren't getting.  In other words "these people don't understand Russians/Ukrainians/Eastern Slavs, so they don't know what they're talking about."  Her words.  Not mine.

      Your point is the same one I'm trying to make...there are two sides to this story.  Yanukovich has REAL supporters, not just paid ones.  This is a live political controversy with two points of view which need to be listened to, not a question of black versus white, wrong versus right.

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross" -- Sinclair Lewis

      by DC Pol Sci on Sun Nov 28, 2004 at 09:25:24 PM PST

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