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Vox Populi with Daryna Shevchenko: How do you feel about the Orange Revolution?

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Nov. 24, 2011, 8:52 p.m. | Vox Populi — by Daryna Shevchenko

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Daryna Shevchenko

Nov. 22 is the Day of Freedom to mark the start of the 2004 Orange Revolution, which overturned a presidential election rigged for Viktor Yanukovych and led to Viktor Yushchenko's election.
How do you feel about the Orange Revolution?

Anastasia Kurylko,
maternity leave








“All of us were so proud! There were many of us who came to Kyiv from Lviv. We all wanted a better life for ourselves and our kids and believed we could get it. And even though we haven’t succeeded, it is our history and we have to remember it.”










Artem Medved­nikov,
student








“I was a schoolboy back then and was’nt there myself. But all the people were talking about the revolution. Everyone thought we need to change something.”











Yaroslav Najda,
pensioner









“I remember the revolution very well. Everybody hoped for better, but I didn’t really believe it would change for the better. It is getting worse and worse. I am a war veteran and all I get is Hr 1,000 [$125] a month. I hardly survive.”










Oleksiy Gav­rysh­chuk,
security guard









“It was such euphoria. I was there every day, believed our lives would become better and we would get a taste of freedom, but It only got worse. I wouldn’t go anywhere now. I don’t believe in any revolutions any more.”










Natliya Zhygan,
promoter









“People are always manipulated by someone and rarely make the decisions themselves. I have an impression that we are just toys in the hands of our authorities.”





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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 10:58 a.m.    

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This is a sad testament to Yushchenko's legacy of division and betrayal.

After five years of Yushchenko Ukraine is now worst off then before he was elected to office. In 2005 Yushchenko had 52% support. In 2010 his support had slumped to less then 5% with over 85% of Ukraine opposed to his presidency.

Yushchenko betrayed Ukraine and all those who had supported his election. He destroyed hope, trust and faith in democracy.

Yushchenko's policies and action were opposed to Ukraine becoming an independent democratic state.

If it was not for Yushchenko, Yanukovych would not be in the position he is today, the president would have no power and Ukraine would be a stable and representative parliamentary democracy based on European values and European models.

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Anonymous Nov. 29, 2011, 4:26 a.m.    

Looks like Yanukovych is following in Yushchenko's footsteps. He has sold out Ukraine to Russia, and his approval rating is about 5% right now.

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Anonymous Dec. 1, 2011, 7:42 a.m.    

Who needs Judas when you have a Yuschenko. And NOW a Yanukovych! It only gets worse!

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Anonymous Dec. 2, 2011, 3:34 a.m.    

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in itself is problematic.

no wonder people cannot remember

something

so vile, so dangerous and so self-harming

that they responded in a bewildered fashion...

what oranges...the ones in the shop...

they are coming this summer...

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Anonymous Dec. 5, 2011, 7:09 p.m.    

The 22nd of Nov is a day that reminds Ukrainians that they were stupid enough to vote for thug called Yanukovych... again.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

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rcd1 Jan. 25, 2012, 5:58 p.m.    

The Orange Revolution certainly had it's failures and namely in the two people that assended to the top of Government office... The President and Prime Minister (Yeschenko &amp; Tymoshenko). They waisted precious opportunity and support from the people to bring about the needed change people are desperate for. But I also feel that the greatest accomplishment still remains that Ukrainian people united together for a common cause and forced the opportunity for change to become real. This should not be forgotten or lost and should never be given up just because of some failures. In most common great cause they will be failure along the way. I would encourage all Ukrainians to keep pushing, uniting and supporting each other until they can get the kind of leaders needed that will transform Ukraine to the great nation it can become. Never stop, never give up. Keep the resolve until change comes.

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