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For several years after the 2004 Orange Revolution, vibrant political talk shows were a sign of the country’s blossoming democracy.

But almost two years into the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych, these shows have plummeted in popularity amid widespread disillusionment with politics and accusations of political bias.

Before the Orange Revolution that denied Yanukovych his first presidential bid seven years ago, freewheeling debate on televised political talk shows was stifled on tightly controlled airwaves.

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