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Vitaliy Portnikov: The Street Of Free People


Ukraine has a unique chance to become a normal country, because what we had so far, was just an imitation of the state.

EuroMaidan Portnikov

Vitaliy Portnikov. Photo from Wikipedia.

Nobody can certainly say, that the next week will be a turning point in solving the Ukrainian political crisis . Every Monday here for the past few weeks, we are trying to see light at the end of the tunnel , but it turns  to us as  full speed races on  “bomb” subway train. But  we can try to draw some conclusions , which allowing hope for real light .

The first conclusion:

The authorities cannot solve the problem of Maidan by means of force. Theoretically, a new attempt to disperse people may be undertaken, but it will only draw more protesters to the squares of Kyiv and make them work harder on securing the camps. Actually, even the President Yanukovych starts to understand this. This doesn’t mean that he has decided to talk to Maidan; he is trying to pay no attention to it instead. But paying no attention will not work anyway.

The second conclusion:

The resignation of Yanukovych cannot be implemented by the decision of the rally. Maidan may gather 1.5 or 2 millions of people, and still Yanukovych will have the whole authority of the Head of the state and keep ignoring the wave of crisis which will unavoidably cover Ukraine if the political dialogue doesn’t start. But the opposite parties see this dialogue in different ways. The President understands dialogue as a pardon for those who oppose him. The opposition takes it as the number of political concessions from the side of the one who doesn’t understand at all why he should compromise. By now, Yanukovych has not made any significant concession. During the round-table discussion he actually didn’t hear what oppositional leaders were talking. The appointment of the responsible ones for the students’ EuroMaidan dispersal is rather a consequence of the clannish struggles in his surrounding than the real intention to punish the persons who had given the order and to abandon this kind of malpractice in future.

The third conclusion:

If the President doesn’t want to take a responsibility for the future of the country, this should be done by the political leaders. The members of the Parliament from the Party of Regions should decide what scares them more: Yanukovych himself or the possibility of becoming the legislators and businessmen of the dying and splitting state. The chance of moving the centre of the political dialogue to the Parliament still exists. The necessity of returning to the parliamentary republic is widely discussed both in the opposition and in the ruling party. The need of balance seems now to be clear now for everybody except Yanukovych.

EuroMaidan Ukraine Kyiv KievThe fourth conclusion:

Ukraine has got a unique chance to become a normal country, because everything we had before was just an imitation of the state. In general, everything around had been fake: state institutions, business, civil society, mass-media. The sign-board “Ukraine” had been screening a stock-company, monopolized by the thievish impostors. And we had been understanding this quite well. That’s why we had been seeking so violently for the opportunity to replace the imitation by the reality. That’s why for many of us the Association Agreement with EU or, in other words, European direction of development had seemed to be helpful.

If you ask me what has changed this month, I would answer that nothing has changed yet. Nothing, but the people. The people have become real: the real citizens, the real People beginning with the capital letter. And they didn’t need any Agreement for being People, by the way. Our government appealed for building Europe here, at home, — so here you are, please. Even though it exists just within one street, but this is the continent of the free people. If it is not dispersed by “Berkut” it will spread across the whole country. And if it is dispersed – it will spread for sure.

Source: http://ipress.ua/articles/ulytsa_svobodnih_lyudey_35939.html



  1. rmeij says:

    I love this analysis. Frank and clear. And it leads also to the important and urgent question how Euromaidan can become the source of sustainable political development in Ukraine. ‘The people have become real: the real citizens.’ This means rethinking Euromaidan and adding something to its revolutionairy rhetorics: becoming a decent political party of real citizens. Everytime when I think of this Solidarnosc comes to my mind. It saw as its major political task to ‘politize’ civil society.

  2. real7772013 says:

    Thank you for reblogging this! We happy you like it!

  3. Well said, we need more people speaking out trying to make a DIFFERENCE.

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