Monday, February 18, 2008

Yulia Tymoshenko – a dark horse in the politics of Ukraine

Yulia Tymoshenko is known as one of the most powerful politicians in Ukraine. Though I don’t quite like to write about politics, I believe, Yulia is one of those who people who are often discussed not only in their own country, but also abroad. The prime minister of Ukraine, a key person in the Orange revolution, an active fighter for the rights of Ukrainians, an iron lady in the history of Ukraine… She has both, supporters and opponents, but among all those politicians who pretend to be working in Ukrainian Parliament, she seems to be the only one, who really tries to do something for the sake of her voters and other citizens of Ukraine.

Nowadays, it is still rather difficult to give a detailed and exact portrait of Yulia Tymoshenko. She entered the politics in the mid-1990s and since that time managed to become a multi-billionaire, worked as prime minister, was sacked and afterwards still got what she wanted. She tries to look like a peasant girl with a plait against the back of her head. But Tymoshenko's peasant look is somewhat misleading. She is in fact a very wealthy woman, who gained her fortune in highly debated circumstances before entering politics. She made the transition from a member of Ukraine's disliked new moneyed elite to a skilled marshal of the anger of the public square three years ago, when she mounted an energetic, if ultimately unsuccessful, campaign to topple the increasingly loathed president, Leonid Kuchma. Her original entry into politics came earlier; but her Hromada party was seen then as only one of a rash of factions cynically created by the new tycoons to advance their business interests.

Now Yulia continues fighting for the rights of Ukrainian people. Her government is said to be the most democratic in comparison with ex-prime minister Victor Yanukovych. The political situation in Ukraine is still uncertain due to different reasons and it still remains unknown whether Yulia Tymoshenko and her government will be able to fulfill all their pre-election promises. At least many Ukrainians believe in this fair-haired woman. And if she really wants to change the situation for the better, she has the age!

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