Monday, November 29, 2004

Yushchenko's team is recounting what seems like every single violation that occurred during the second round - but those are just some of the examples. They include: people voting with absentee ballots being driven in buses from one polling station to another (voting station and district numbers as well as license plate numbers of the buses and cars transporting these multiple voters are provided); arrest and imprisoning of voters; attacks on Yushchenko's headquarters; attacks on Yushchenko's team observers (attempts to take away a video camera of one of them); lists of voters - typos (tens of thousands couldn't vote); in Donetsk, about 1 million people more voted in the second round than in the first...

The judges look tired, interrupt every once in while, but let the Yushchenko's team guy finish. Channel 5 interrupts the broadcast from the Supreme Court midway through the questions from Yanukovych's team guy, switching live to Yushchenko's address at Independence Square. Maidan is full, people are cheering, it's snowing, Yulia Tymoshenko is seen near Yushchenko, surrounded by two men in either police or military uniform, high-ranking guys, generals or something - totally cool that they're on our side and everyone sees it. Yushchenko says the government only knows how to listen to itself, not the people, but the role of the people at Maidan is invaluable. He's still speaking now, some 15 minutes later...

Earlier, Channel 5 interviewed a Crimean Tatar, Ahmet Davletyshyn, a businessman from Alushta and member of some conflict resolution organization (have to look up its name later) - who spoke of the Crimean Tatars' support for Yushchenko and their opposition to any plans to create any autonomy on the peninsula other than the one that exists now. When asked about the rumors that Crimean Tatars want to join Turkey above all, he said it was nonsense. He also said that most people of the Crimea - inluding Russians, Ukrainians, Tatars, Armenians and others - want to live in peace with each other, in Ukraine, not some other state.


  1. " He also said that most people of the Crimea - inluding Russians, Ukrainians, Tatars, Armenians and others - want to live in peace with each other, in Ukraine, not some other state."I'm glad to hear that from a leader in that region. That's the sense I've had of things, too.


  2. I discovered your blog recently, and I consider myself *very* lucky. Thank you for doing what you do, for being what you are; everyday I feel less stupid.


    Mehdi Bouhalassa

  3. Westerners - this tells it how it is (I've been there)

  4. A doctor from the Feofaniya clinic for government officials in Kiev says Yanukovich beat 2 teeth out of his wife's mouth a couple of days ago. Mrs. Yanukovich must have been opening her mouth too much.
    I wonder how long will it take for someone to report on this.

    Dr. L

  5. i'm sorry your camera isn't working, and i hope you can find a battery! anyhow, a friend of mine (an american who lives in South Korea - so what's going on in Ukraine is definitely getting some world-wide coverage) emailed me a photo i thought you might be interested in. i have no idea where she got it or who took it or whether or not you've already seen it, but it's online at
    enjoy :-)

  6. Crimea Tatars want to join Turkey?

    No problemo. Once Ukraine joins EU and Turkey joins EU, by default Crimea would have joined Turkey !!! :-p