The File on Victor Yanukovich
Victor Yanukovich, the new president of Ukraine, is a moron, a liar and a criminal.
He claims to have earned not just an MA in international law but also a PhD in economics, including writing a dissertation, while serving as the lieutenant governor and governor of Donetsk region. Just as Vladimir Putin openly plagiarized his dissertation in order to get an advanced degree, Yanukovich’s academic credentials are shamelessly bogus. Either that, of course, or else he simply was not doing his job as governor and spent all his time furiously studying.
He has an extensive record of convictions for thuglike violence as a youth.
He can’t spell the word “professor” and “he has confused poet Anna Akhmatova with his billionaire backer Rinat Akhmetov, the Jewish writer Isaac Babel with the German socialist August Bebel, Slovenia with Slovakia and genocide with genetics. He has called Russian playwright Anton Chekhov a Ukrainian poet and the Helsinki Treaty the Stockholm Treaty.”
But you won’t, of course, hear any of the Russophile scum railing against Yanukovich the way they do against Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili. Yanokovich may be a moron, liar and criminal but — they think — he’s their moron, liar and criminal. So it’s OK.
It came as a big surprise to them, then, to see Yanukovich decide to make his first state visit abroad not to Moscow but to Brussels, the home of the EU. They must have cringed in shock when he declared after arriving that improving relations with the EU was a “key priority” for his new government. He stated:
Our priorities will include integration into the European Union, bringing up constructive relations with the Russian Federation, and developing friendly relations with strategic partners such as the United States. For Ukraine, European integration is a key priority in our foreign policy, and this is also a key element in our strategy for the social and economic reforms we are going to carry out.
Ouch! He travels first to the EU, not Russia, and he calls Russia’s hated nemesis the USA a “strategic partner” with which Russia must have “friendly relations.” There is no bottle of antacid large enough to quite the Kremlin’s rumbly tummy after hearing this bone-chilling declaration.
If these are the words of a man the Russophiles consider one of their own, do you dare imagine what Ukraine’s Russophobes may be thinking now? How is it possible that in such a short time the Putin regime has so alienated Ukraine that even Yanukovich himself is repulsed, wary and looking for a new relationship?
How long will it be, we wonder, before the same Russophile scum who celebrated Yanukovich’s victory are the ones trumpeting his fundamentally corrupt and fraudulent resume and calling for his head?
Yanukovich is a weak leader, whose party holds just 38% of the seats in Parliament and which therefore cannot name a prime minister without forming a coalition with other deputies and becoming beholden to them. His resume is littered with embarrassing trash, and his powers are (unlike in Russia) strictly limited by the Constitution, meaning the prime minister is that much more crucial. And it’s clear he’s just as much interested in good relations with Europe as with Russia.
Great White Russian Hope? We think not.