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You're reading: Political mercenaries bad for Ukrainian democracy

The well-written chronicle brought back
memories of how American consultant Paul Manafort and his team helped President
Viktor Yanukovych get elected.

Already leading up to and after Ukraine’s
2006 parliamentary election, journalists noticed how Yanukovych’s mannerisms changed.
He was increasingly well dressed in conservatively political attire, well
groomed and polished. He smiled warmly and spoke on message although he never
got rid of his malapropisms.

All the buffing and polishing was
attributed to Manafort. He avoided the Kyiv Post like the plague and only
communicated with us via email. Needless to say he declined every interview
request we offered him, including me.

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