tragedy of the Ukrainian workers is that all the parties, including the
Socialist and Communist Parties, have links with business groups, and are the
mouthpieces for these business interests. This article, originally written in
Russian in February, gives some useful background information to what is
happening now in the Ukraine.
On Thursday 8 September, Ukrainian President Viktor
Yuschenko fired Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko and her cabinet. After all the
hype of the “orange revolution” it is business as usual in the degenerate world
of Ukrainian politics, a den of thieves who have a flair for stabbing each
other in the back.
Socialist Appeal editor, Alan Woods, interviews Evgenii Leshan, member of the Ukrainian parliament.
Evgenii Leshan explains how the drive towards privatization over the past ten years in the Ukraine has
been a real nightmare. The Ukraine used to enjoy one of the highest living standards in the Soviet Union.
It is now on an African level.
The “orange revolution” in the Ukraine was given quite a lot of
coverage in the western media. The truth of the matter is that this
so-called “revolution” was nothing of the kind. It was used to
facilitate the passage of power from one wing of the ex-bureaucracy to
the more openly pro-imperialist elements within the ruling elite. Goran
M. from Belgrade looks at the situation basing himself on a similar
experience in Serbia. These events are possible because there is no
clear working class alternative being presented to the masses.