The Ukrainian Conundrum

to appear in CFGS

Derek Fraser

Published: August 2010

Keywords: Ukrain, Ukrainian, Conundrum, Eastern Europe


Western countries have responded to the election of Viktor Yanukovych as President of Ukraine in February this year with some disenchantment. The country that, following the Orange Revolution of 2004, had, according to Freedom House, developed into a freer society with a higher respect for civil liberties than, for example, Turkey, and on which so much Western attention had been lavished, had elected as president the man whose fraudulent and dictatorial practices in the 2004-5 presidential election campaign had provoked the Orange Revolution. To understand how we should react, we have to understand why the upset occurred, what the policies of the new administration are, and where our interest lies.

Disciplines: Governance

Publication: Ukrainian-Conundrum.pdf