Vaclav Havel: Ukraine ‘a dictatorship in gloves’

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March 9, 2011, 3:49 p.m. | Ukraine — by Yuliya Raskevich

Vaclav Havel

Vaclav Havel, the former president of the Czech Republic and one of the world’s leading democracy activists, said that post-communist Eastern European nations are still stuck in the authoritarian past.
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Anonymous March 9, 2011, 5:49 p.m.    

if Havel is saying your country is dictatorship then i would consider it a step back for Yanu's image building abroad. Havel has more moral capital than the entire political elite in Ukraine.

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Anonymous March 9, 2011, 6:28 p.m.    

Vaclav Havel knows of what he speaks. His words should be taken

to heart by the Ukrainian population. Ukraine is on a fast track back to servitude as long as this maniac Yanukovych is president.

Most Ukrainians are waiting for the real revolution to begin.

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Anonymous March 9, 2011, 6:52 p.m.    

Freedom, democracy, voting, diversity, tollerance, has not saved the west from the evil new world order flooding western countries with nonwhite imigrants destroying the west from within trojen horse style. The next real revolution in ukraine will be a slavic union revolution.

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Anonymous March 9, 2011, 10:52 p.m.    

My entire slavic family in the USA is never going back to the rathole country we came from. Thanks God!

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 5:10 a.m.    

Where Poland?

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 1:52 a.m.    

Ever hear of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics? Did

you sleep thru this period of history? LOL

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 5:09 a.m.    

Had the Soviet Union ever cared about slavs it would not have started the Ukrainian Famine. Josef Stalin was an ethnic georgian not a Russian.

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 5:05 a.m.    

How was the soviet Union that was attached with muslim central asia, muslim caucasus, ever considered a Slavic Union? The communists preached internationalism. I hardly think any soviet leader preached Slavic Unity.

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 2:45 p.m.    

Only three republics were &quot;slavic&quot;.

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Anonymous March 9, 2011, 8:15 p.m.    

WARNING !! Guest 18:52 has been identified as a professional Russian blogger with extreme anti Ukrainian and anti US views - who is paid by Putin to flood this forum with disinformation. His comments are irrelevant.

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 4:11 a.m.    

Ukrainians volunteer to help Ukraine. Moskali are paid to destroy.

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Anonymous March 9, 2011, 8:57 p.m.    

As long as Ukraine remains captivated by the Presidential system it will never be q free independent democratic state. Ukraine. like the Czech Republic needs to adopt a full parliamentary system of governance, where rule of law not rule by decree governs the state.

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Anonymous March 9, 2011, 9 p.m.    

Is that why many Ukrainian women are now living and working in the Czech Republic as slaves and prostitutes?

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Anonymous March 9, 2011, 9:10 p.m.    

I didn't read anywhere that the author lives in the Czech Republic, nor that she works as a prostitute. Nor that many Ukrainian women are doing the same.

However, what I see from you are the writings of an uneducated Russian shill who likes to lick Yanukonvict's boots. Even worse, not an Ukrainian at all. Regardless of whatever region in Ukraine, a Ukrainian citizen would refer to another of its citizens in that way.

There is so much that you as a Russian animal should learn.

I would further state that a normal Russian citizen would be repulsed by your comments.

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 1:28 a.m.    

at least the porn industry in Czech republic pays and treats it's workers properly. I'm sure in ukraine girls are treated much worse or shipped off to Turkey as slaves. Ukraine is a sad place.

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Anonymous March 9, 2011, 9:39 p.m.    

&quot;A presidential election rigged for Yanukovych&quot; it says above. And for a crime of such magnitude, perhaps the worst crime committed by anybody that year, nobody went to jail. There's where the Orange Revolution let the nation down.

Ukraine will not be free until Yanukovych serves time for rigging that election, and all those involved too. That won't be enough, but it will be a start.

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Anonymous March 9, 2011, 10:53 p.m.    

Havel destroyed his nation.Czechoslovakia united had potential to be a strong state now they are broken into 2 small states at mercy of stronger powers in europe.

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 12:10 a.m.    

Their divorce was respectful, peaceful, and amicable. Now they are neighbors. They are at no one's mercy.

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 1:45 a.m.    

No one 'destroyed' Czechoslovakia. It was an amiacable parting of ways by two seperate people that were artifically 'bonded' together. Both sides are ecstatic at their new found freedom.

And the beauty is that both the Czechs and Slovaks are living peacefully side by side developing their respective cultures and economies.

Whether they were joined or apart....they were never going to be european powerhouses....nor were they ever striving for that.

Eastern europe could learn a lot from the Czechs and the Slovaks.

As long as they can keep the Russians from meddling in their affairs....both countries will develop brilliantly. Keep the Russian horde in the east...everything will be fine.

Vaclav Havel is a wonderful man.

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 6:16 a.m.    

Czech is a modern free country with a high standard of living. Ukrainians are illegal laborers, prostitutes etc in their beautiful capital Prague. Ukraine is a joke. No future.

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 6:35 p.m.    


Czechoslovakia was dissoluted by politicians.There were no referendum!

From this point of view this wasnt very democratic,Havel could do more at that time.

Anyway, Czech and Slovak nations have strong ties (cultural,economic, etc...) and enjoy frienship. After 20 years this friendship is greater...everybody has to pay its own bills...:)

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Anonymous March 14, 2011, 1:48 a.m.    

words can not described this character!!!

he is darling

he is urbane

he is democratic

he is a champion of human rights

he is so chic


the tongues would melt

so many positives

the dark side of the moon


casts the shadow on this 'nasty piece of work'

and nasty and evil epithas he richly deserves

POR he is 'nasty piece of work' set up by neos...rumsy comes to mind

the cigar smoking, bohemian image of havel

is just a front;

he has sold-out his arse long time ago


but he sold it wisely

he found cia-o dudes to bankroll and maintain his drivel

and it is drivel

havel, god knows what he is about, POR i have no idea


he is a writer

ohhhh, please

if you mean his cia-o publishers publish his crap

that is something different...

but his musings on the ukraine,

have no impact and even less effect on

our ukraine...

it is easy to be havel

a traitor, a dandy traitor

who if we soberly analyse his work so far

a fantasia omnibus.

havel is a slave of cia-o

have is a slave of 18century delusion


and wait, european-liberal ideals...


it goes like this

havel has dicovered democracy

'a wow' factor', if there was ever one

well, columbus discovered sth america

so what?

well, i tell you

havel is democratic as much as my aunty aughasta-victoria

a fine genteel ukranian off-cut of rump

he is nothing like it




he is uncaring

he is self-absorbed, selfish prick...

who fortunately

has now been quarantined

and the possibility of further damaging


is limited, non-existent...

thank god for that

i do not intend to waste more time with this icabena

a paid-up mercenery such as WALESA and other turds

who would not know what democracy is

let alone to fight for democracy...

in WALESA CASE, it is his affinity for the pope's arse

than his democratic credentials

so pleas HAVEL, a democrat

no no no no

a litte snake in the bossom of slavic sea....

a serpant who is full of toxin


keeeps away as far as the eye can see...

i hear he is not well...



a sign of better things to come..omen


rat-zinger esq

the havels bum-chum

a healer of havels, walesas, kycinsky's and lviiv's repositaries

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