the continued appointment of Minster of Internal Affairs Vitaliy Zakharchenko, despite his alleged (and here I have to use the word “alleged”, as opposed to a variety of other words that might better fit the situation, in the event we may be liable) connection with the ordered attacks of 30 November; the imprisonment and currently indefinite postponement of hearings of Maidan’s political prisoners; the titushki – nothing more than paid thugs; the raiding of Batkivshchyna offices; the list goes on.
Among the absolute disregard for democracy and any kind of pretence of rule of law in this country, there is a group that has remained suspiciously silent. They have watched, waited and wondered, probably, at what might happen, happy to remain in the background where they are hardly seen and definitely not heard; at least not in public circles. Though they are few, they are the real rulers of this country, and they pull all the strings attached to Viktor Yanukovych’s back, and any other appropriate appendage. They are the oligarchy.
Despite reported rallies in front of his £139 million house on Hyde Park, Rinat Akhmetov – Ukraine’s richest man, is nowhere to be found. And where is Viktor Pinchuk? A man so intent on helping Ukrainian society, bringing in his famous friends to play concerts on the same square members of the same Ukrainian society stand and sleep in defence of their beliefs? Or what about Ihor Kolomoyskiy – a one-time ally of Yulia Tymoshenko, he’s supposedly a supporter of the UDAR camp, yet he too remains out of the picture.
Perhaps these men feel they have no responsibility or obligation to the Ukrainian people. Having shrugged off the old Soviet chains of socialism, they have embraced capitalism wholly and completely. Unfortunately, the money that has been made in this country has been done almost exclusively at the expense of others, and the Ukrainian market place is just as easily covered in blood, as it is kopeks.
What their lack of action in this latest response to the current government’s latest inadequacies will mean, I do not know. What I do know is that the people who have been a part of EuroMaidan over these past three weeks are to be commended. They have stood up for their beliefs, and they have done so with their dignity in tact. With various court issuances demanding protestors disperse as we go to print, this may well be the end of EuroMaidan in practice, but not in principle.
And so, “the credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
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