The answer is not as
clear as some would like to believe, for instance that “she is divisive and
Ignored in such pontifications is the glaring fact that Ukraine
itself if culturally and politically divided along the lines consistently shown
close to 50-50 in election results in the last 20 years.Tymoshenko has
been a clear choice of the national democratic camp.
It may or may not be a dark secret that being a woman has
not helped her politically. This truth may be
unpleasant, but plausible. It consists of two
parts. Part one is that she is a woman who was wronged by corrupt authoritarian
regime and thereby lost some shine in
the eyes of multitudes accustomed to be losers.
With such a mentality they have not been eager to see the moral angle,
much less go to the barricades for someone who was unjustly convicted. Part two is that her support among women is
lower than could be reasonably expected – but again, absurdly, because she herself
is a woman.