Orange Revolution leader explains why he now works for Yanukovych team

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Jan. 21, 2011, 12:56 a.m. | Ukraine — by Yuriy Onyshkiv

Former Pora youth movement leader Vladyslav Kaskiv attends a protest in Kyiv on April 3, 2007. Kaskiv now works as a key official in the President Viktor Yanukovych administration.

Yuriy Onyshkiv

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2011, 5:46 a.m.    

1) The guy is a sell-out.

2) I would like Kaskiv to list specifically what he has done to "solve poverty" in Ukraine.

By selling out to Yanustalin, he has eliminated his own poverty.

But he can't seriously claim that he is working to solve poverty in Ukraine.

3) Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.

4) I support my country always, and I support my government when it deserves it - Mark Twain.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2011, 7 a.m.    

because he is a political prostitute and he can now keep his cars, businesses and houses for bowing down to the new king. Or he believes that the same people who were unable to change anything the first time they were in power will do something other than rape and pillage Ukraine again?

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2011, 8:46 a.m.    


In your fight against poverty you have neglected the poverty of your soul. PORA did not have leaders. PORA was people united and driven by an idea. When your Yellow Pora formed a political party you betrayed this principle. And remember that for government to fight poverty it must stand aside. You are adding to its growth.

There is no doubt that Ukraine will be prosperous and democratic in the future. What is in question is whether that will be a Ukrainian Ukraine or a Muscovite Ukraine.

Sadly for every Vyhovsky there's a Sirko. For every Mazepa a Kochubei. And for every Svystovych - a Kaskiv.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2011, 11:15 a.m.    

this guy is logical! Ukraine is an oligarchy that means a democracy for oligarchs. As he says he is for democracy, he wants to be an oligarch too and not a slave. So he is ready to suck any oligarch shoes for becoming a small oligarchic muppets!

Ukrainians should watch a bit more what is happening in Tunisia! If Ukrainins want to get back to freedom and decide by themselves what future they want for Ukraine, they have a good example to look at!

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2011, 6:31 p.m.    

This guy was bought and paid for by Yanukovych. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Another one bites the buyout.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2011, 7:39 p.m.    

This person cannot seriously believe that repression, censorship, sectarianism and foreign Russification will bring stability and economic progress to Ukraine???

No serious investor would dare risk Ukraine where the impartial rule of law is evaporating quickly.

Just because the objectives of the Orange Revolution were not achieved because of political and human fiures does not justify repudiating the noble and progressive principles it was founded upon.

This man has his logic about wealth and freedoms all wrong... Reform is not an &quot;event&quot; like a revolution, it is a process which is ongoing. This man had abandoned the democratisation and Ukrainianisation process to chase a stupidly misguided pipe dream.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2011, 8:20 p.m.    

Very well said. Bravo!

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2011, 9:57 p.m.    

The guy is a sell out and an opportunist plain and simple. He is utterly unconvincing, and his arguments are ass backwards. Wealth doesn't create democracy... democracy creates wealth. Have a look around the globe and compare the standard of living amongst democratic countries vs. non-democratic and the ridiculousness of his position is clear. Western Europe and Japan rose from the ashes of WW2 because they nurtured their democracies. The east stagnated and collapsed from the lack of it.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2011, 11:06 p.m.    

Western Europe almost went communist if not for marshall plan,Japan became democratic because US army[Gen.MacArthur] told them to.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2011, 12:47 a.m.    

Had western Europe gone communist as you claim, they would also live in a cesspool. As for Japan, the same applies...The results speak for themselves.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2011, 11:02 p.m.    

He is spot on you have to create a large class of property holders and private enterprise sector because these are the people who have something to lose.England,France,Germany grew a middle class and democratic goverment followed in stages first property holders got vote then all men over a certain age then women.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2011, 12:51 a.m.    

Your comment contradicts itself. If Kaskiv was in agreement with your thesis, he would be at the barricades with the recent small businessmen protesting the tax code. He was not. He is supporting a government who is pillaging the middle class for the benefit of a very SMALL class of property holders.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2011, 11:43 p.m.    

The guy is a &quot;Zradnik&quot; who sold out his ideals for a bag of silver. We all know what happened to Judas.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2011, 11:45 p.m.    

If a person wants to help other people become more prosperous,they share the wealth equally.

His Boss Yanu should take less pay and give more to the people of Ukraine instead of just his family and mafia friends.

Kaskiv is helping himself so maybe he can help other people while still working with the guy he rallied against in the past?

Or he is just helping himself and to hell with the poor people?

Maybe just all talk if his boss keeps women out of politics and tells them go back to the kitchen as he did Yuliya Tymo.Women in Ukraine need fair and equal representation in government and business.Ukraine will only grow jobs if women along with men are allowed to use their full potential in all jobs they are capable of doing.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2011, 8:11 a.m.    


&quot;, many of Kaskiv former colleagues from Pora see Ukraine under Yanukovych moving in an undemocratic direction again. They point the blame on Yanukovych and see Kaskiv as betraying Orange Revolution principles.&quot;

The Main person to place balm for the betrayal of the Orange revolution and the principle of democracy is Yushchenko.

Yushchenko was the cause for the collapse and demise of the Orange Coalition.

In 2006 Yushchenko and his Party Our Ukraine refused to support the formation of an orange Coalition government. This resulted in Yanukovych being elected as prime minister.

In 2007 Yushchenko again betrayed Ukraine and democratic values when he unconstitutional and illegally dismissed Ukraine's previous Parliament. In the process Yushchenko 0 undermined confidence and destabilized Ukraine's economy. Causing seven months of political and civil unrest.

In 2008 Yushchenko once again undermined stability of the new coalition. He opposed Ukraine becoming a full parliamentary democracy and campaigned against the success of Yulia Tymoshenko's election.

In 2004 Yushchenko enjoyed the support of 52% of Ukraine in 2010 heis support had slumped to to just 5%

yds there is concern about Yanukovych's consolidation of power. Three to Two years ago Yanukovych was actively supporting a Parliamentary system. Now he is supporting the development of an Autocracy where the future of Ukraine lies in the hands and good will of the president.

As long as Ukraine remains under a presidential system it will never be a full independent democratic state.

Sadly as a result of Yushchenko's anti-democratic policies Ukraine may never become a true democracy. Yushchenko opposed democracy at every turn. Yushchenko has set back Ukraine's democratic development decades if not generations

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