Saturday, March 05, 2005

From an old piece on Kravchenko - Ukrainska Pravda, Dec. 4, 2000 - nearly two and a half months since Gongadze's disappearance, about a month since the discovery of the headless body, and slightly over a week since the tape scandal broke out:

[...] here's Kravchenko's last answer to the question as to whether he would consider himself innocent in 5-10 years, looking back at and evaluating today's events.

Perhaps, things look different from afar; history is being written by analyzing political and economic events. But with conscience - there's always a dialogue. Because there are inner convictions, and there are also objective conditions affecting the country's and the society's development. There is the Law, which does not correspond to the norms that we call conscience. And in ten years, we'll be returning to these extreme events in our thoughts, and we'll be evaluating them. But those are inner evaluations. The external ones are those of the people. The people, the public, they see the actions, listen to various information, have their own likes and dislikes. Some people have a solid trust in what's being said, others have doubts, still others would brush it all aside as nonsense. But in the end, everything boils down to the fact that there exist the norms of the Law.

Understand it whichever way you like. The only thing clear is that Kravchenko was expecting the exposure, and in ten years he'll be justifying his actions by the law. And drowning his conscience in vodka...

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