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NOTE: Due to size EuroMaidan101 was moved to a separate page.
At the same time opposition despite its victory is not an all-Ukrainian force, but a regional force politically by-and-large representing three or four Western oblast of Ukraine and (outside oligarchs who sides with this coup d'état such as Igor Kolomoisky) having rather insignificant representation in East and South of Ukraine. Actually Party of Regions does not represent those provinces too. That makes Eastern regions more like a colonial part of Ukraine under the rule of Western Ukrainian nationalists and Eastern Ukraine oligarchs
And the power of Yulia Timoshenko Batkivshchina Party which probably mostly represents the moderate
wing of nationalists is strengthened by the fact that most population does not consider the Party
of Region representing their interests iether. Again, politically East and South of Ukraine have
semi-colonial status and they do not have any real political representation in Parliament. Only
oligarchs and nationalists are two political forces well represented.
That's why Yanukovich was a rabid Eurointegrators all first three years of his rule. Now
those facilities completely lost efficiency due to aged, worn out equipment and because all
the rents oligarchs extracted from them were appropriated for their own enrichment. Almost none
of those facilities were modernized during years of Ukrainian independence. As prices on natural
resources and, especially, energy, increased those facilities became less competitive or non-competitive
even with similar facilities in Russia and Belorussia.
Svoboda Party is successful only to the extent it is radical . If they had not attacked opponents,
led sometimes caricature, but an effective fight for establishing nationalists as Ukrainian
national symbols (Stepan Bendera, etc), not to publicly promoted neo-Nazi ideology, no level
of funding from the West would help them to achieve them the level of political success they
got. Initially it was not the number of voters ( votes came later ), but radicalism of their
position which launched them into mainstream of political life. They won new voters not despite
but due to radicalism, as the contract with principless and corrupt fat cats from Party of Region
who were "warming chairs of MP" for oligarchs, or even more principles political functionaries
from Batkivshchina, who were increasingly willing to compromise with authorities, increasingly
becoming part of the "the system opposition" devoted to power grab, not any principles.
And of course there is a large politically ambivalent part of the country who can't decide or don't care which way the country should move -- to EU or to Russia. They just want stability and are against any abrupt changes.
So any description of EuroMaidan probably would suffer from "confirmation basis" depending which
of three forces is closer to the author heart. An this page in no exception.
This role of ultra-nationalists as pro-EU Party is pretty unique as this is probably the only case when European nationalists are the driving force behind EU integration efforts. At the same the current conditions of Association Agreement are appalling is we take into account economic interests of the country: they are one way street concessions -- EU imposes strict conditions on Ukraine but it opens neither labor market nor regular goods market to Ukrainians in return.
So it looks like Azarov government also consisted completely of pro-West fifth column as in retrospect
it is clear that only traitors of their own country can negotiate such an unfavorable conditions
(aka "sell the country"). The same is true for Yanukovich who the first three year of his Presidency
was the "Euro integrator in chief" and squashed any dissent in Party of Region as to eurointegration
benefits. So abrupt 180 degree turn by Yanukovich definitely destabilized the political situation
ion the country and Yanukovich is 100% guilty of this. Russian pressure here was only secondary
factor and any same politicians should take into account the reaction of the major trading partner
in advance. But it looks like Yanukovich never ever even read the agreement (which was prepared
in English) and got translation from Russians when Putin's government realized the damage it will
make to Russia-Ukraine economic ties. But this level of incompetence is beyond any imagination so
real reasons for abrupt turn are still the mystery.
The tragedy of Ukrainian situation while the Yanukovich regime is bad, partially criminal (as was previous regime of Yushchenko) and (as any neoliberal regime) is legitimately hated by large swats of population, the next regime probably will be worse. Especially if it come after civil war. Yanukovich definitely proved to be unapt: when Medvedev calls you a 'doormat' you know you're a loser.
But generally nationalists are less competent then technocratic elite which Yanukovich regime partially represented. Azarov actually produced an impression of a competent prime minister who operated in a very difficult, desperate economic circumstances but still managed to make the crisis less pronounced (although his SNAFU with EU association agreement is unexplainable). You need to listen to couple of his interviews and debates with opposition (for example, owner of 5th TV channel, chocolate magnate Poroshenko) to understand his. His replacement can well be much worse.
While the conclusion of those who are following what is happening in Ukraine is that the West
has won the proxy war with Russia, it seems the time has come to analyze what they really ended
We should probably view color revolutions as a new type of warfare which was developed mainly by
USA and GB. In essence it is a scheme of replacing the government in the country with neoliberal
regime friendly to Western interests (neocolonialism) instead of occupying it with foreign troops
as with regular colonialism. The key instrument is "bombing country with dollars" -- large scale
support of fifth column (aka "emerging civil society") and subservient fed by grant "independent
press". Those elements proved to be very effective tools for implementing neoliberal, globalist
coup d'état against many weak post Soviet national state (which BTW can be a neoliberal one,
like Yanukovich government was -- it is a typical crony capitalism government; for some reason somebody
decided that it's not enough pro-Western). The key goal is always opening markets for Western transnational
corporations and banks.
The importance of the intelligentsia in a revolutionary movement is in direct proportion to the general backwardness-economic, social and cultural-of the masses from whose midst it arises.
... ... ...
The revolutionary intelligentsia has proved itself a much more cohesive factor in the emergent nations of today than in Tsarist Russia. ...As the only non-specialized section of society, the intelligentsia is the obvious source of a “professional revolutionary elite” which appears to represent the interests of the “nation” as against conflicting sectional and class interests. In addition, it is the section of society most imbued with the national culture, the peasants and workers having neither the leisure nor education for it.
The intelligentsia is also sensitive to their countries’ technical lag. Participating as it does in the scientific and technical world of the twentieth century, it is stifled by the backwardness of its own nation. This feeling is accentuated by the “intellectual unemployment” endemic in these countries. Given the general economic backwardness, the only hope for most students is a government job, but there are not nearly enough of these to go round. 
The spiritual life of the intellectuals is also in a crisis. In a crumbling order where the traditional pattern is disintegrating, they feel insecure, rootless, lacking in firm values. Dissolving cultures give rise to a powerful urge for a new integration that must be total and dynamic if it is to fill the social and spiritual vacuum, that must combine religious fervor with militant nationalism.
...the big changes since have introduced new elements in their attitude – a feeling of guilt, of “debt” towards the “dark” masses, and at the same time a feeling of divorcement from, and superiority to them. The intelligentsia are anxious to belong without being assimilated, without ceasing to remain apart and above. They are in search of a dynamic movement which will unify the nation, and open up broad new vistas for it, but at the same time will give themselves power.
They are great believers in efficiency, including efficiency in social engineering. They hope for reform from above and would dearly love to hand the new world over to a grateful people, rather than see the liberating struggle of a self-conscious and freely associated people result in a new world for themselves. They care a lot for measures to drag their nation out of stagnation...
Dominance of neoliberal agenda and viewpoints in national media and "ability to form a narrative"
of events for color revolution is like air superiority in conventional war.
The Orange Revolution was definitely one of the classic instances of color revolutions. But when we are discussing similarities of it with EuroMaidan several questions arise:
To answer to these questions it makes sense to analyze and compare Orange revolution with EuroMaidan.
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