The decision by the University of Kansas’ Dole Institute of Politics to award ex-President Viktor Yushchenko with its 2011 “Leadership Prize” is puzzling.

In his citation for the $25,000 prize, institute director William Lacy notes that Yushchenko is “a great cultural and revolutionary icon,” adding that “Yushchenko and the Orange Revolution ignited a fire for the people of Ukraine.”

Missing from the text posted on the institute’s website last week is that Yushchenko was voted out of office with a miserable 5 percent of the vote in January 2010 after spending his presidency fighting to destroy political rivals rather than fixing the nation.

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