At a recent meeting with David Kramer, the executive director of Freedom House, President Viktor Yanukovych “underlined” that the parliamentary elections scheduled for Oct. 28 “will take place honestly and openly.”
Don’t believe him for a millisecond. It’s not just that Yanukovych has a decidedly casual relationship with the truth. It’s that he and his Party of Regions know three things that all Ukrainians also know: that absolutely everything depends on their winning the elections, that they will never win in fair and free elections, and that the only way they can square that particular circle is by cheating.
The elections matter for two reasons.
First, the fewer Regionnaires become deputies, the more Regionnaires will be open to prosecution for corruption, malfeasance, theft and thuggery.