Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych
probably has followed this script when he released from jail one of a score of
political prisoners, former minister of interior Yuriy Lutsenko, and made a
gesture of sorts to Georgy Filipchuk, another victim of persecution of Yulia
But the squeeze on democratic freedoms in Ukraine under the Yanukovych regime is
continuing, with more chicanery under way against freedom of speech, and
with plans for systemic changes that would make presidential elections a farce,
as it was in the Soviet Union.
Although the opposition in the parliament
can block some of the government’s outrageous moves, the ruling Party of
Regions with the help of its Communist allies is able to approve legislation to
its liking in separately held parliamentary sessions.