Ukraine: Beginning of the End?

Yanukovych has been incredibly stupid throughout this whole sordid affair, beginning with his attempt to play Europe off of Russia (does that ever work? especially with Putin’s Russia?), through his not signing the agreement with the EU (it won’t kill corruption and the ability to enrich himself – see Bulgaria and Romania which are full EU members! even the most venal politicians can still thrive), and lastly with the dictatorial legislation of January 16, which turned the atrophied, quiescent protests into the conflagration of today.  Yanukovych had won, it seemed, but then he lost it all trying to establish himself as the Putin of Ukraine.  No one will mourn his loss.

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