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Nov. 24, 2011, 8:59 p.m. | Op-ed — by Yuriy Lutsenko

Former Interior Minister and Orange Revolution leader Yuriy Lutsenko

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Editor’s Note: The following is a Kyiv Post translation of a letter written from prison by former Interior Minister and Orange Revolution leader Yuriy Lutsenko on the anniversary of the 2004 peaceful uprising against a presidential election rigged in favor of then Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych on Nov. 21, 2004, but later won by Viktor Yushchenko on Dec. 26, 2004. Yuriy Lutsenko writes:Despite failures, Orange Revolution values remain.

The 2004 Orange Revolution remains the most important event in the modern history of Ukraine. Its experience and lessons will determine the future of our country.

The first and most important lesson from Maidan is that it proved the ability of the Ukrainian people to break oligarch plans and choose their own destiny. And this is so scary for the current authorities.

A year ago, they cheerfully showed confidence in the power of money and lies. With a view to total looting of our poor country, ideological descendants of the totalitarian past habitually relied on fear.

The treason by [ex-President] Viktor Yushchenko, the venality of parliamentary [sellouts] and the “local werewolves,” all of this allowed them to believe that our revolution was random.

I didn’t leave the country, but inevitably chose prison for thought. As a “warlord revolutionary,” my duty is to prove that not everything is sold and not all are afraid.

Time has shown that a lot of people who are not afraid just did the same. Their beliefs have not changed.

After a year spent in a prison cell, I’m happy that the Orange Revolution, betrayed by demagogues and time-servers, stood in the minds of recalcitrant Ukrainians and spoke again throughout Ukraine.

The recent protests of entrepreneurs, students, Afghanistan War veterans and former Chornobyl cleanup workers and community activists are gaining strength.

Combining people in actions to protect their rights has no political slogans. But it scares President Viktor Yanukovych’s team more than the European Union’s stringent warnings or the pathos of the parliamentary opposition.

People are not afraid. Repression against dissidents, the prohibition of peaceful assembly on Independence Day and Freedom Day, the high fences and unprecedented measures of protection issued by panic and fear fuel the prospect of a new revolt.

We should no longer be cheated by talk of pseudo-reforms. We now know for a fact that the regime of Yanukovych and his Party of Regions is incapable of providing economic and moral standards of the country. They are doomed and will be removed from power.

In this light, it is crucial to remember the second lesson from the Orange Revolution. Expectations of a political messiah proved dangerous to society.

We now know that the new Maidan should be preceded by self-organization of public agencies, public discussion and development of a plan of reforms, as well as the formation of an integrated team which is able to change the country.

Pseudo-oppositionists who yearn to once more come to power from the corridors of the Ukrainian “political terrarium” are not happy about such a prospect.

I want to disappoint the sponsors of any modernized versions of Yushchenko. A new democratic leadership will not come to Maidan on a Mercedes after the protest.

The people’s leader has to be there.

He will be from the protesters’ tents, or from prison.

This is what those celebrating Freedom Day today should remember and keep in mind.

Congratulations!

Yuriy Lutsenko is the former interior minister of Ukraine who was arrested on Dec. 26 and is being held for alleged misappropriation of state money involving overpayments to his driver. He is awaiting trial.
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Anonymous Nov. 24, 2011, 9:18 p.m.    

But it scares President Viktor Yanukovych’s team more than the European Union’s stringent warnings or the pathos of the parliamentary opposition.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/117576/#ixzz1eeUNOvRw

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Anonymous Nov. 24, 2011, 10:39 p.m.    

Problem is that Stalinkovich will have anybody possible new opposition leaders arrested the moment they appear on stage.

спасибо жителям донбаса......

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 3:23 a.m.    

Quote:

I want to disappoint the sponsors of any modernized versions of Yushchenko. A new democratic leadership will not come to Maidan on a Mercedes after the protest.

...and that was Yushenko.

Hopefully today a new leader is ready, who has a pure vision for democracy for all the people of Ukraine...not one who deceives us.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 11:24 a.m.    

Gene, You continued to defend the actions of Yushhenko as moderator of ForUM. You ashamadly attacjed and bannded those who were ooppsoed to Yushchenko and your politicial point of view, You denied others the right of free speech. Your Clockwork Orange, Lord of the flies, attack on Anita and Angela was disgraceful and will not be forgotten.

When you finally woke to the realisation that Yushchenko was the problem you yourself were attacked by the likes of your boy-friend Tomas. They did to you, what you sanctioned to others. You were the piggy of the &quot;Lord of the Flies&quot; ForUM gang.

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Anonymous Jan. 10, 2012, 11:01 p.m.    

...and what were you troll boy?

I see you're still the piggy troll who only can say Oink Oink.

Too bad logic and brain power has failed you.

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Eugene Byelyakov Jan. 25, 2012, 1:47 a.m.    

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Hopefully today a new leader is ready, who has a pure vision for democracy for all the people of Ukraine...not one who deceives us.

and I do hope it is not a Yanuk Jr.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 11:15 a.m.    

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Lutsenko's greatest mistake was trusting and placing his faith in Yushshebnko. Like many others they soon realised that Yushchenko was the problem not the solution.

Yushchenko betrayed the revolution and Ukraine itself. His policies and actions have set back Ukraine's democratic development decades if not generations.

Moroz had it right. He understood that the problem facing Ukraine was presidential rule. The real achievement and step forward was the constitutional changes that arose from the orange revolution. They were a step in the right direction. They offered hope and the possibility for stability and independence.

Ukraine has struggled to become a democratic state since independence. Yushchenko and his supporters opposed Ukraine adopting a Parliamentary model. Yushchenko undermined the success and stability of Ukraine's successive governments. In 2006 he refused to share power and support the formation of an Orange governing coalition.

in 2007 Yushchenko unconstitutionally and illegally dismissed Ukraine's previous parliament to prevent it from securing support for further constitutional reform. His actions caused seven months of politcial instability and civil unrest.

In 2008 having lost the 2007 forced election, Yushchenko again tried to dismiss Ukraine's Parliament in order to prevent much needed constitutional change

Ukraine needs to follow in the footsteps of Estonia and Latvia, both former soviet states which had adopted a full parliamentary model of governance and both relatively successful stable democracies.

As long as Ukraine remains beholden to presidential rule it will never be a free independent democratic state.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 11:17 a.m.    

QUOTE: I want to disappoint the sponsors of any modernized versions of Yushchenko. A new democratic leadership will not come to Maidan on a Mercedes after the protest.&quot;

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Anonymous Jan. 10, 2012, 10:58 p.m.    

I wonder what is with this goofy guy who says without a parliamentary system there can be no democracy.

He writes some good things and then goes off on this tangent of nothingness.

Very similar to a PoR troll who writes here with only misinformation and deceit.

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Anonymous Nov. 25, 2011, 7:04 p.m.    

Almost got it.

Free will is God-given and the 10 Commandments IS God's standard to live by.

Prison may temper a pen into a sword.Prince John did not volunteer was forced to sign the Magna Carta.

Every stage can produce an orator. Democracy through vote gives the state what a people deserve.

10 US Constitutional Amendments or Bill of Rights is a symbol of the American national culture of freedom

Every yard is a Maidan &amp; every person must change himself. A chaste hero is due at the Second Coming.

Until then only Antichrists, so heal yourself first, then your family, friends, parish, work place,etc, etc, etc...

Together we stand or divided we fall.

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