Monday, December 27, 2004

Riding the rails in Ukraine 

Nothing is ever straightforward in CIS countries like Ukraine, and the reported death of transportation minister Heorhiy Kirpa is a beauty. Kirpa is suspected of helping shuffle around the voters that helped stuff ballot boxes back on November 21. Captain Ed calls it the suspicious "suicide" of a Yanukovuch supporter, but Orange Ukraine says Kyrpa wasn't a supporter any more. Yanukovych reported responded with a swift kick in the family jewels. He was also upset that Kirpa had allowed so many protestors to reach Kyiv and the Maidan. Foreign Notes says the kick was a little higher, up in the mouth.

So we cannot be sure if perhaps this was revenge, covering tracks for electoral fraud, suicide, or even distress over financial difficulties around its supposed revitalization of the nation's railways.