Spinning an election, Kremlin-style

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Nov. 5, 2010, 12:21 a.m. | Ukraine — by Roman Feshchenko
Anyone who relied on Ukraine’s leading media outlets for coverage of Ukraine’s Oct. 31 election would have come to the conclusion that the contest was democratic and blessed internationally.
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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 2:34 a.m.    

The quote made it into London’s Financial Times, but was nowhere to be heard on Ukraine’s major TV channels or Interfax-Ukraine.

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 2:36 a.m.    

primarily aired the views of election monitors from Russian-controlled missions who are notorious for seeing no problems. Russia, after all, has not had democratic elections in a long time.

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 4:06 p.m.    

Or ever...

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Anonymous Nov. 7, 2010, 7:27 p.m.    


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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 7:19 a.m.    

Thank you , thank you Roman.

I have been 'scolding' KP/and its editors for months on using InterfaxUkraine, as a reputable 'news agency'

IntUkr send press releases written by POR/Yanuk to KP, and these press releases are printed in the UKRAINE or POLITICS link,,,,when they are blatantly propoganda by the ruling gov't.

KP should place these press releases under the OPINION link, the reader can then draw their own conclusions.

But,,,,when KP prints these paid for press releases in the UKRAINE/POLITCS section,,,,,,then they are deliberately misleading the reader.

This also places KP as being complicit with the present corrupt gov't.

The world knows now, and has told Yanukalin this election was fraudulent.

Again, Roman, your story is gutsy, and right on. Keep it up. You are a first class journalist .






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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 3:26 p.m.    

I also commend the Kyiv Post for its honest article. Unfortunately honestly is not a value that Yanukovych possesses. Like the communist regime before him, they are masters of spin. I however disagree that if the people keep protesting he will resign. He will only leave kicking and screaming. There is too much at stake for him and his Kremlin cronies.

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 4:33 p.m.    

You may be right, but to sit back now when Yanukalin is on the defensive, is the wrong thing.

Keep the pressure up......and MAYBE,,,,some improvement will take place,,,,,like him leaving,,,,,,even if if is kicking and screaming.




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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 9:23 a.m.    

To read your article is like a trip down memory lane. Your style of writing and presentaion of facts is so like the news I read for more than 30 years before Ukraine became independant that I think you must truly be a &quot;Chip off the old block&quot;. Give us a real report of fact and leave out all the various opinions which are meaningless. Don't report to us how countries with such a poor record of honesty and openness critisise how and what we do.

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2010, 10:47 p.m.    

-- the European Union and the United States were paying close attention to the local elections and as I say, we don't believe they met appropriate standards.

It is critically important for a country like Ukraine, that's building its democracy, to ensure the participation of all parties that want to participate, to have an electoral law and code that meets international standard. And from the preliminary reports that we've gotten that doesn't seem to be the case.

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 10:55 a.m.    

In the past, the international community never cared at all about Ukraine's local elections, never even sent monitors. If the elections were bad this time, they were even worse before. But god forbid that Yanukovych should get any credit for improving things.

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 6:19 p.m.    

What a lot of crap you're writing.Yushenko brought more international observers to this country and all elections were freely and widely reported. Yanukonvict on the other hand has been hesitant to invite observers and did his utmost to block out media coverage.We're already back to Soviet times and god willing, we will be able to put your criminal Yanukovict back in his prison cell asap!

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 7:14 p.m.    

I brought more international observers to this country from my KGB comrades in Moscow and my KGB comrades in the CIS countries!

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 6:38 p.m.    

The DEVIL resides within Yanukonvict and his party of Regions.In Kharkiv where we live,they blatantly lied and stole our votes right infront of our eyes.They are everything evil under the sun!

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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2010, 6:43 p.m.    

The Devil and his prophets MUST GO!!!

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2010, 3:28 a.m.    

Pfft, angry orange losers and their hohol diaspora pimps whine and moan for great laughs of the civilized humanity.

No wonder the losers are so sour - the Ukraine people shoved their boot up the orange arse yet one more time, and the western masters of the orange losers are not happy with their orange crapsters, heh, heh, heh :D

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2010, 5:02 p.m.    

&quot;The U.S.-funded OPORA, which fielded the largest and most professional group of election monitors ....&quot;

This statement demonstrates who is meddling with the democratic elections in Ukraine and is sufficient for the whole inept orange propaganda rant to be dunked into the trash bin where it belongs,

No wonder the orange losers are so agry - their US masters spent all this US taxpayer money to subvert the democratic election in Ukraine much like in 2004 but LOST miserably because the Ukraine people remember well how the orange kleptomaniacs in power and their thieving orange cronies ruined the country, HA HA HA HA, gasp, HO HO HO HO :D

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Anonymous Nov. 7, 2010, 5:46 p.m.    

PATHETIC LIAR! You're shouting loud in order to cover up the truth. After all, you're a paid propaganda liar, repeating the same crap week after week.You're posts are not relevant to any issues and you should be banned from KP.

Oh! just in case you didn't know, spreading anti American lies is a crime punishable by jail time.From the multitude of comments you've made, you a definitely a potential suspect and should be jailed! So, watch out!

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Anonymous Nov. 8, 2010, 5:24 p.m.    

The truth hurts, hence angry orange losers whine. Just like this brain dead orange holol. What an pathetic US-paid slave, heh, heh, heh :D

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Anonymous Nov. 8, 2010, 6:07 p.m.    

You're lies will catch up with you soon.You are a menace, a waste of time and a danger to yourself and society.You are a worthless contributor to this forum and your days are numbered!!Don't try switching your IP address, it won't help!


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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2010, 7:55 p.m.    

All of the mafiosi from the Party of Regions are putting out the same spin as before - with emphasis on &quot;US funded.&quot; Kolesnichenko, Chechetov, Miroshnichenko, and all the other barking dogs from the Party of Regions that make the rounds of talk shows to push sovok relic propaganda have been given their orders.

They bark at people, and interrupt, instead of talking to people. Barking at people and interrupting people so as not to give anyone a chance to talk is a sovok relic tradition and technique.

According to twisted sovok relics mafiosi barking dogs, observing elections is the same as &quot;interfering&quot; with elections.

Reporting on falsification of elections is the same as &quot;subverting democratic elections.&quot;

Yes - the observers were there to see the subversion on the part of the Party of Regions.

And to report on the subversion by the Party of Regions.

If the mafiosi gangsters in and out of government from the Party of Regions did not subvert the elections - there would be nothing to report.

Instead - Interfax and the pro-Yanukonvikt media remind one of sovok days and the saying about the 2 sovok newspapers, Pravda (Truth) and Izvestia (the News):

&quot;In Pravda (Truth) there is no izvestia (news), and in Izvestia (the News) there is no pravda (truth).&quot;

Mafiosi sovok relics are still trying to hang on to that perverted sovok tradition with all their might.

And, apparently, die laughing about it. HO HO HO

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2010, 6:03 p.m.    

The US praised the election of Yanukovych (helped by his US PR/image firm) as fair.

Remember, most readers of this website aren't logically-stunted turnip farmers/hookers from Russia, so you need to change your rhetorical devices...

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Anonymous Nov. 7, 2010, 8:09 p.m.    

The angry orange losers still don't get it - they are so pathetic in their denial, they hate to recognize the fact that even in the US, no foreign funded NGO are allowed to meddle in local elections.

But then again, being paid US marionettes, the orange losers lack any brains and do embarrass themselves in most demeaning and humiliating ways, heh, heh, heh :D

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Anonymous Nov. 7, 2010, 4:48 p.m.    

OPORS most certainly are not a independent unveils electoral monitoring group. They do not speak for the US government either.

The fact is 6he European and US governments have signed off on the elections. Whilst there were issues they were of a technical nature and most certainly did not effect the overall outcome of the election. Neither the official organs of Europe or t6he US condemned the conduct of the elections. There is a big difference between being critical and opposing Criticism should not be interpreted as being condemnation it is not,

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