Since Vladimir Putin become the President of Russian Federation one trend is persistent and that is to restart SSSR power through overwhelming influence in former member states. Once that was Georgia, today that’s Ukraine, tomorrow probably it will be Serbia or some other “ally” nation. What’s happening in Ukraine today is not a first time that Putin thugs and political pressure are working against wishes of people to move forward and towards Brussels. Last time Leonid Kuchma was still a president when Putin tried to stop the nation and force his will but it failed after the Supreme Court and people opposed in their own ways.
In 2004 when Kuchma lost a chance to be elect again Putin worked with current President Yanukovych and Kuchma to stop democratic election of Viktor Yushchenko to presidency. Poisoning of the opposition leader and presumed election victor, Yushchenko, was Putin’s weapon in effort to steer Ukraine away from Europe, democracy and reforms. For five years in which Yushchenko was the president Ukraine moved slowly but securely towards integration into the EU and reforms of the state towards democracy but now they’re sliding away at least administration does.
What this means for the people of Ukraine is that free trade with 500 million big market which EU today is will remain just a dream and that political affiliation with EU will remain also a distant dream. Membership in this sometimes non-effective and divided institution with this decision would stay a short step away and will push Ukraine towards isolation in arms of Russian big bear.
One of the opposition leaders today, while the real one Yulia Tymoshenko is imprisoned, a world boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko called for Yanukovych to be impeached and his government to resign due to refusal to sign association with EU and violent dispersal of protesters denouncing that decision.
“Each you have to come out and express your own position on what kind of country you want to live in – a totalitarian, police-controlled country where your children will be beaten up or in a European country”, Klitschko said.
He’s absolutely right. Because if Ukrainians decide to go along with Russia they could find themselves in the same situation in which Russian people are today. Majority of their rights are suspended, government plays how it wants and opposition will be crushed as it was since Stalin took power from czar Romanov in 1918. Klitscko who’s today free and leads opposition soon could find himself in cell next to Tymoshenko’s and his boxing title would be transferred to someone else if Ukraine goes along with wishes of Russia. Let’s see who’s stronger will of people or Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin?