Saturday, December 18, 2004

I missed most of Volodymyr Aryev's documentary aired Dec. 16, but found the transcripts tonight - very interesting.

The documentary is based on the recordings of phone conversations between Yanukovych's campaign people, representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchy), Kuchma's administration and Central Election Commission representatives, and other such individuals, right before and on the day of the Nov. 21 runoff.

The counterfeit ballots are referred to as pechenye, cookies, by these people.

I first saw part of the transcripts at Abdymok, but they are also posted at Obozrevatel and archived by Channel 5. They are in Ukrainian and Russian (as well as, occasionally, in something in between) - and I hope someone gets a grant or something soon to translate it all into English.

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