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You're reading: Can the Tymoshenko fiasco bring salvation?

It may surprise, but the fiasco involving the Aug. 5 arrest of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko could become the catalyst for such good tidings if wisdom prevails.

Although Russia has influenced political backsliding in the neighborhood, it is Ukraine’s president who is responsible for the mess at home. Most odious, of course, is the persecution of the opposition with the over-the-top arrest of Tymoshenko.

It was precipitated by her request to have Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s testimony translated into Ukrainian, the official language of the country! If consequences weren’t so dire the situation would be laughable. But President Victor Yanukovych is playing with a time bomb and must defuse it or the situation may turn catastrophic. Some countries moved to higher diplomatic and military alert. However, things are rarely simple and the Slavic world has a long history of “enigmas wrapped in riddles” situations; this one is no exception.

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