First, Abdymok gets it:
Check this out from Ukraine blogger abdymok; it makes a simple statement that says a lot, and with which I agree. Here's also a great photo he has on his site:
Also, I talked with family today in Pidhajtsi. Shock, disillusionment, and grief. Tymoshenko is well liked in those parts--Poroshenko not much at all. Activists of the batkivshchyna party were central to organizing the OR events in the area.
Also, another thought: Yushchenko's comment about PR was a cheap shot. Really cheap.
All of this is a battle over the ideology of reform: populist (i.e., NOT socialist but Keynesian/FDR/New Deal) reform, or laissez-faire capitalism? Its not about all these characters turning out to be running just another semi-authoritarian, crony-capitalist regime. . .the cynics still are not right about that.
The accusation that Tymoshenko was merely trying to shuffle the country's wealth from one oligarchic clan to another with the reprivatizations is too simplistic and cynical; as Terry Hallman once pointed out here, she was working hard to make good on some of the populist promises of the OR. And it is interesting to note that most of the people reporting today on this controversy over reprivatizations mention that some of the oligarchs of the old power who stood to loose what they had questionably gained had rallied around Poroshenko. . .
And oh--I always got the feeling that Poroshenko was an egoist; Tymoshenko strikes me more as earnest. This earnestness, turning into rashness at times, was part of her current (and hopefully temporary) downfall.