What has not changed is the authoritarian rule of President Viktor Yanukovych and his ability to command a parliamentary majority on most matters of importance. For instance, he demonstrated it with the recent adoption of the law on referendum, which can enhance his prospects to stay indefinitely in power by manipulating the constitution via rigged referendum.
Years ago, a precocious 10-year old in my town, after catching radio news that Fidel Castro was re-elected the fifth time as Cuba’s president, offered his appraisal that Fidel must be doing a good job. That’s exactly the problem, replied his mother.
In the Eurasian landscape, it is not the 10-year old boy mentality that shapes politics, but rather the age-old tradition of autocracy, from Genghis Khan to Joseph Stalin, and the absence of a civil society with ethical values that could shape western-type libertarian perceptions of life and law.