A PROPOS OF TOMORROW’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN THE UKRAINE: ANATOLY SOLOVYANENKO SINGS

Beautiful tenor, lovely, nostalgiya-inducing folk song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSFhHzE6jhg&feature=player_embedded#.

No one knows what’s going to happen there tomorrow, how exactly the elections will unfold. Therein, despite the many similarities between the current situations in the two brotherly countries, Russia and the Ukraine (tanking economy, sky-high levels of corruption, to name but two), lies one cardinal difference: no one knows, no one can tell with any degree of certainty as to how, on the eve of the momentous event, the Ukrainian presidential elections are going to unfold, who would come out on top; whereas in Russia, it has already been communicated to the nation that, in due time, Putin and Mdevedev (and perhaps a few of their trusted advisors) would get together (most likely, in some picturesque location, where they could downhill ski and/or hunt some endangered species of animals) and decide which one of them would be declared president for the next 6-to-12 years. As in some other vital areas of human endeavour (writing, for instance), not-knowing, in this case, is vastly preferable to knowing.

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