Ukraine's Democracy Is Increasingly Rare Light in Ex-Soviet Bloc
Weir, Fred, The Christian Science Monitor
Some grumbled, but most Ukrainians went willingly to the polls Sunday to take part in a civic exercise that's become increasingly rare in most parts of the former Soviet Union - free, open, and truly competitive elections.
Many voters leaving Kiev polling stations expressed frustration with the political stalemate between the Moscow-friendly "Blue" party of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich and the pro-Western "Orange" parties led by President Viktor Yushchenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, which persists despite four elections in the past three years.
But some insisted they'd rather keep casting ballots than see order imposed upon them from above. …
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