race, and the various manipulative practices employed, should be considered a case study for the nation. Some experts have already tagged it as a preparation for the presidential election of 2015, just as the Mukachevo mayoral elections were a test run for 2004.
I truly hope this is not the case. Otherwise, it will be really difficult to defend citizens’ rights to a free election and honest vote count.
The unremarkable community of Vasylkiv, with expensive land just outside of Kyiv, has lived without an elected mayor for two years until it finally was able to exercise its electoral rights, as provided by article 38 of Ukraine’s Constitution.