The results were neither an honest victory for the ruling party nor a victory for democratic elections.

The vote was a triumph for the Ukrainian people, including opposition leaders, businesspeople, civic activists, regular voters and others – even, possibly, some media-owning oligarchs – who decided to slow Yanukovych’s monopolization of power and march toward authoritarianism.

As if sensing the danger, Yanukovych and his Party of Regions cronies frantically changed the election law last year. In this they inexplicably had help from the oppositon.

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