President Victor Yushchenko is the current president of Ukraine.  He won an election in 2004 after a total of three ballots.  For some reason the first two were fixed in favor of the establishment candidate.  A certain person running for Congress in Utah’s Third District was in Ukraine when the election happened, with his wife and children.

When the congressional candidate arrived in Ukraine, there were all sorts of campaign signs for the establishment candidate and the opposition leader had very little visible support.  The people in the capital expected that no matter the real turnout, the establishment candidate would win, a Viktor Yanukovych.  After the voting day and expected results were announced, President Yushchenko went to the central gathering area of the capital city and demanded a new vote, that the results were not correct or fair and that everyone who agreed with him should gather there.  The speech also stated that while they were supposed to be having free elections, the elections were far from free and that Ukraine was still under the dictatorship of the party.  This was also after Yushchenko was poisoned with dioxins in November of the same year, probably a little known chemical called “yellow rain” that was used in chemical warfare against Afghanistan by the Russians.

People bussed in from the country side and literally millions of people rose up to demand a re-vote.  The military was called in to disburse the crowds and the official state news was lying like crazy about what was going on in the city.  In Ukraine, instead of closed captioning, there is a person who is shown in the corner relating the news in sign language due to large amounts of hearing loss related to the Chernobyl atomic energy disaster from 1986.   The military decided they would not fire on their fellow countrymen and one of the translators of the news finally decided that she could not continue to lie for the government either and signed to everyone that the news was a lie and that Yushchenko supporters were gathering in the capital to rally for fair elections.

Many world leaders said they would not accept the results as legitimate and after two more ballots, Yushchenko was declared the winner by 52% to 44%.   This series of events is known as the Ukrainian Orange Revolution.

Russia needs their own Orange Revolution.  The party officials and people in power still rig the elections and pick their party men to win the elections.  Now the Kremlin officials aren’t even really trying to hide that the elections will be fixed.  The linked article has this very curious paragraph though:

The purpose of the falsification is to boost the legitimacy of 42-year-old Medvedev – who will take over from Putin in May as Russia’s third post-Soviet leader.

Analysts admit that Medvedev would have won the election anyway without Kremlin interference – but on an embarrassingly small turnout. While a sizeable chunk of the population is happy with Medvedev because they see him as a joint-architect of Russia’s economic revival, analysts say there is widespread voter apathy because his victory is seen as a foregone conclusion.

also, from later in the article:

The Kremlin used similar tactics during December’s parliamentary elections, which the OSCE’s parliamentary assembly described as “neither free nor fair”. Analysts today noted that Russian voters had become increasingly accepting of official vote rigging and no longer regarded it as anything unusual. . .

“No-one needs to be instructed any more. Everybody knows what to do,” said the political scientist Stanislav Belkovsky. “The technology has been proved over the past four years in Russia. Once the polls close unused ballot papers are taken, filled in for Medevdev, of course, and thrown into the box. The boxes are then stamped and re-opened a second later. Then they start to count.

“The technology is very easy. You don’t need to make it complicated. Every election commission member is personally responsible. The central election commission also knows it can rely on governors. They are more interested in protecting their business interests than in democracy in this country.”

And who is running against Medevdev?

Medvedev is competing against three other candidates – the veteran communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, the ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhironovsky and a fake democrat, Andrey Bogdanov. The Kremlin has prevented Mikhail Kasyanov, the only genuinely democratic challenger, from taking part in the poll, claiming that signatures on his election petition had been falsified.

The Kremlin by the way, is a short hand reference to the Government of the Russian Federation.  The government is picking its own president apparently.  A revolution in Russia is needed, the first one didn’t really take.

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