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The situation constantly reminds me of a fable by Ivan Krylov, the classic Russian writer, about a swan, a crawfish and a pike pulling a cart in three different directions: “Which one of them is wrong, which one is right – we cannot judge. But the cart remains in place.”

However, Ukrainian politicians – while doing little for the people they should serve – are doing very well for themselves. But you wouldn’t know this from their tax declarations, where modest incomes are declared by the same people who shamelessly flaunt their expensive cars, houses and clothes. The immorality of it all doesn’t seem to strike them.

After losing her presidential bid on Feb. 7, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has once more assumed the public image of “tragic victim.” In her prime days, peaking when she became prime minister for the first time in 2005, she was the country’s leading fashionista.

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