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 This is no breakthrough for those living in Western
democracies. But in Ukraine, where people are used to receiving buckwheat and
butter or other trivial bribes from candidates in exchange for their votes,
this is quite a change.

Prospective parliamentarians in single mandate
districts are trying to elicit contributions through various channels,
including blogs and social networks. The amounts are still small, particularly
by Western standards. But it’s a start.

The new Democratic Alliance party was one of the first
to test this kind of fundraising. They collected the money online and on the
streets, and by Aug. 19 had Hr 495,000 to their name. Inspiring as it is, it
was short of the required Hr 2 million deposit to the Central Election
Commission to make it on the ballot.

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