Saturday, May 31, 2014
ANALYSIS: Poroshenko's Millions Interfere With Ukraine's Fight for Democracy
From RIA Novosti's "ANALYSIS: Poroshenko's Millions Interfere With Ukraine's Fight for Democracy:"
The US leader Barack Obama, whose administration met with Kiev authorities throughout the months of protests in Kiev and then in the eastern regions, was among the first to congratulate Poroshenko on his victory.
Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, secured 12.81 percent of votes at the vote, which took place weeks after she was released from jail, where she had served three years on charges of exceeding powers in Russian gas deals. Founder of Ukraine's once largest gas importer United Energy Systems of Ukraine, which existed between 1991 and 2009, she was one of Ukraine's richest women at the time.
"It looks like the chocolate king beat the gas queen. You don’t have legitimate authentic leaders over here, what can I say - oligarchs in the pocket of United States and the NATO states," Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois, College of Law, told RIA Novosti.
He said the country's wealthiest people were put in charge for a reason - that is to serve the interests of the US, willing to place NATO's troops as close to Russia as possible. Ukraine may give them this opportunity, he said.
"As we know, Kiev put all the oligarchs allegedly in control of the Russian speaking portions of Ukraine. Well, is that really democracy, putting these rotten corrupt oligarchs in charge? That had nothing to do with democracy," he said.
francis a. boyle