Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Tomorrow, the Big Day Here

On Sunday, Ukraine will have its run-off vote for president between Yanukovych and Yuschenko. Yanukovych is the twice imprisoned (for violent crime in his youth) Prime Minister who is aligned with the current President, Kuchma, and is supported by Russia. He is probably also quietly supported by Bush because he has pledged to keep the Ukrainian contingent in Iraq. He is a terribly corrupt autocrat and has had the help of the Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs, the media, and the Russian president (who has visited twice in the last month). Yuschenko is supported by the West, the young, many of the old, and ostensibly by the US. The Kuchma-controlled parliament here passed a resolution banning absentee votes which means that old people, invalids, the ill, etc., will have to brave the expected cold, snowy weather somehow to vote in person. Nice, eh? Anyway, Yuschenko has promised that there will be hundreds of thousands in the streets if there appears to have been any funny business. Of course, with th criminals that are in power here and in Russia, there will be funny business. Should be an interesting week.