Yanukovych compounds gaffe in final campaign appearance

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Feb. 6, 2010, 10:49 a.m. | Politics — by Staff reports
During a last-minute campaign appearance on the nation's most-watched INTER telelvision station on Feb. 5, presidential candidate Victor Yanukovych continued to insist that Anton Chekhov was a poet. “I said that that Chekhov was a great poet, that he spent a lot of time in Ukraine and became one of us [a Ukrainian],” Yanukovych said. “I know full well who Chekhov was.”

In fact, Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian-short story writer, playwright and physician. He did not write poetry.

“Medicine is my lawful wife", Chekhov famously said once, "and literature is my mistress.”

Excerpted video of Yanukovych's campaign appearance on INTER TV on Feb. 5 can be viewed here.
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Anonymous Feb. 6, 2010, 11:26 a.m.    

Lets hope the people realise that this person who repeatedly makes grevious errors is a twice convisted criminal and has very very dubious credentials is just a puppet on a string for power hungry greedy oligarchs who want to further there own quest for power and greed.

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Anonymous Feb. 6, 2010, 11:47 a.m.    

Hope? Unfortunately there is no hope....

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Anonymous Feb. 6, 2010, 12:22 p.m.    

This reminds me of the people who all got their panties in a twist every time GW Bush said something dumb - which was at least once a month. The fact is, this little mistakes can happen to any politician and are just not that important in the voting process.

KP is basing their preference for Tymoshenko on some pretty superficial grounds. Just as Yulia Tymoshenko has run one of the most superficial and vacuous campaigns in modern European political history.

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Anonymous Feb. 6, 2010, 6:07 p.m.    

You are right,and we all know what a great president he turned out to be. You're funny.

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Anonymous Feb. 6, 2010, 7:41 p.m.    

You sound about as smart as Yanukovich. ROFL

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Anonymous Feb. 6, 2010, 8:33 p.m.    

The Yanu/&quot;W&quot; Bush analogy is quite apt. They are two sides of the same coin. Semi-retarded strawmen representing business interests and external ideologies who's agenda's have nothing to do with the good of their respective countries.

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Anonymous Feb. 6, 2010, 12:51 p.m.    

ELECT MR. Yanu, 1st Russian elected President of Ukraine! …check out his glorious past, assault, battery, rape, poisoning his opponents, rigging elections…doesn’t know how to spell professor, can’t use a dictionary, doesn’t know how to use a spell checker on computer, must not know how to use a computer, can’t speak properly in public, refuses to debate, changes election laws at the last minute before an election, …hummm, wonder why he did that? Oh that’s right, he was trying to help Yulia, Hah! Oh, now I can add one more, Mr. Yanu the anti-Semitic, anything else Mr. Yanu? Is that all you got left in your war chest? What a joke you are Missster. Yanu! , Presidential material, you are not, a clown yes, perhaps you should try submitting your resume to the local Circus, but don’t forget to have someone literate enough, no, that would not be you, proof it for you, like me, I’ll even do it for free!

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John Alverson Feb. 7, 2010, 1:33 p.m.    

I think I may have to read some literature.

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