Apr 3, 2007

Ukrainians take to the streets again...

...don't these people ever work?

RFE/RL: Here we go again. The streets of Kyiv are filling up with opposing demonstrators clad in orange and blue. Just another crisis in the new democratic Ukraine. Pres. Yushchenko has disbanded parliament in the name of the constitution. PM Yanukovych -- citing the very same constitution -- has declared the move illegal and vowed to resist. But why exactly do political disputes in the former Soviet Union tend to spill out on to the streets? Alexander Rahr of the German Council on Foreign Relations says the problem lies in the lack of democratic traditions. Part of the problem lies in the neighborhood these countries are forced to live in -- one dominated by an increasingly authoritarian Russia with strong interests in its neighbors' affairs.

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