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You're reading: Marking two years of Yanukovych rule

The second anniversary of Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency passed on Feb. 25, and his presidency can be defined in three ways: as a period of authoritarian consolidation, of imitative “reforms,” or of permanent and pervasive scandals.

The latter definition is perhaps the best since it sheds revealing light on the previous two. In February, there were at least four major scandals.

First of all, Roman Zabzaliuk, a member of the parliament from the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko, who switched sides at the end of the last year and joined the governing coalition, revealed the typical mechanism of recruiting opposition MPs by Yanukovych’s cronies.

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