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Putin and Yanukovych: mirror opposites

Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych, Russia and Ukraine, perhaps the Yin and Yang of the post-Soviet environment, the struggle between them determining the logic and direction of its further development. The president of Ukraine and Russian prime minister are two leaders, who prefer a tough’ style of management and centralized decision-making – albeit centralized around themselves and their inner circle.

This is, perhaps, the only resemblance between the two of them yet both have it within their grasp to change the course of history for better or for worse.

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