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For Ukraine, such a model of success of post-revolutionary reforms is, of course, Georgia. Many Ukrainians visited Georgia and witnessed the achievements of reforms: glass bridges, residences and ministries a-la Singapore, vending machine for issuing certificates for 5 minutes, patrol duty in modern uniforms…

Undoubtedly, Georgia before and after the Rose Revolution – these are two different countries. Key achievements of President Mikheil Saakashvili, acknowledged in one voice by both his sympathizers and critics, arefighting crime and corruption – in the popular vocabulary "restoring order."

Often the failure of the Orange Revolution is explained by the weakness of civil society and the fact that immediately after the election, people went back to their daily lives, instead of controlling their newly elected government and demanding reforms. All hoped for the Orange leaders, yet these leaders turned out to be incapable of deep change.

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