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Ukrainian Yanukovych Argues Benefits of Authoritarianism

Posted by Info on 29/12/2009

The Kremlin-backed Ukrainian political candidate Viktor Yanukovych has given an interview about his view of the fruits of democracy, arguing for a clampdown on freedoms and political sovereignty, and a closer alliance with Russia.

“So what did this Orange Revolution give us? Freedom of speech? That’s very good. But what price did the Ukrainian people pay for this? For the development of this democratic principle in our country, the price was too great.”

Yanukovych said his first priority as president would be to revive the use of the Russian language in schools and in the workplace, a move that would reverse the “forced Ukrainization” of the millions of Russian-speaking Ukrainians who support him.

“Democracy is above all rule of law, it is compliance with the law and constitution by everyone, and in these five years we have seen how the laws have been systematically broken, how the principles of the law have been replaced by political expediency,” Yanukovych said.

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