even Soviet, since in the old days all congress delegates knew beforehand the
names of the candidates they had to support.
vote, the party announced top
five people on the list.
To get the rest, journalists had to persuade Party of Regions members who had
the list to let them take pictures of it. That’s how at least the top 150 names
of the party’s candidates came to be known.
The voting process
was only a part of the drama at the July 30 congress.