Friday, January 21, 2005

Ukraine's Super Sunday

It's official, according to blogger Dan McMinn in Kyiv, Viktor Yushchenko will be inaugurated on Sunday, January 23 (scroll down a few posts). A huge victory for freedom, democracy, liberty and integrity in government.

And it may not have happened if Ukraine's intelligence agencies had not worked against outgoing president Leonid Kuchma's wishes, as recounted in this article:

While wet snow fell on the rally in Independence Square, an undercover colonel from the Security Service of Ukraine, or S.B.U., moved among the protesters' tents. He represented the successor agency to the K.G.B., but his mission, he said, was not against the protesters. It was to thwart the mobilizing troops. He warned opposition leaders that a crackdown was afoot.

Simultaneously, senior intelligence officials were madly working their secure telephones, in one instance cooperating with an army general to persuade the Interior Ministry to turn back.

The officials issued warnings, saying that using force against peaceful rallies was illegal and could lead to prosecution and that if ministry troops came to Kiev, the army and security services would defend civilians, said an opposition leader who witnessed some of the exchanges and Oleksander Galaka, head of the military's intelligence service, the G.U.R., who made some of the calls.

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Ultimately, the intelligence agencies worked - usually in secret, sometimes in public, at times illegally - to block the fraudulent ascension of Mr. Yanukovich, whom several of the generals loathe. Directly and indirectly, their work supported Viktor A. Yushchenko, the Western-oriented candidate who is now the president-elect.

The KGB's successor worked in the service of political freedom. Wow.

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