World Affairs Journal: Yanukovych’s galleon and Yushchenko’s obsession
Ukraine’s last two presidents have clearly gone bonkers.
Viktor Yanukovych has built himself a Spanish galleon. Viktor Yushchenko is still suffering from his Yulia Tymoshenko obsession. The two Viktors used to stand for different visions of Ukraine. Now they stand for identical psychological maladies.
Journalist Tetyana Chornovil sneaked into Yanukovych’s palatial compound north of Kyiv on August 24th, Independence Day in Ukraine. “This was,” she later told  the press, “an exclusively political action. After Yanukovych signed the law on languages, I fully understood that he is an enemy of Ukraine. I wanted to alert people to the fact that we are sliding toward dictatorship for the next 20 years. And my action was supposed to demonstrate that fences mean nothing. No fence can protect the enemies of Ukraine from the anger of people, from their peaceful actions, if many of them show up. If one person can do this, then nothing can stop a sea of humanity.”