Prime Minister Mykola Azarov is among those guilty of blaming “provocateurs” for everything from the disorder that led to the police crackdown on Nov. 30 to the violence during the Dec. 1 demonstrations to the subsequent takeover of Kyiv City Hall.

Azarov throws the word around as if calling something “a provocation” entitles the authorities to do whatever they want.

It is much better to be precise, since merely insulting someone or passing them on the street can be labeled a “provocation” by whoever takes offense.

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