Ok, this is the thread for analysis of the continued growing pains of nations East of Frankfurt-am-Oder.
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rickshaw-major said:Ah Domovoy, I don't think we have heard the last of Moldova. Despite the OSCE take, Baroness Nicholson told the BBC that she had strong misgivings about the OSCE report, and blamed Russian influence. She thinks PCRM had only won 35% of the vote. Voronin and the opposition asked the EU to mediaten not Russa! Not good for Russain influence IMHO.
Top Ukrainian officials did not attend the opening in Kiev on April 2. But viewers who emerged from the first showing said they found Mr. Bortkoâs message of pan-Slavic unity deeply moving. Yulia Velichko, 20, a student, hesitated at the idea of rejoining the Russian fold, saying, âWe fought so hard for our independence.â But her companion, Valery Skuratov, was convinced.
âWe should join Russia,â he said. âWeâre closer to them than we are to the Amerikozy,â a mildly derogatory term for Americans.
Russians showed no such restraint. The premiere inspired viewers in Krasnodar to shave their heads into Cossack haircuts, and early this month Russian Fashion Week devoted an afternoon to a collection called Cossacks in the City.
At the film premiere in Moscowâs Kinoteatr Oktyabr, which seats 3,000, the audience applauded at Bulbaâs âRussian soulâ speech, and then again when the Cossacks thundered through western Ukraine, holding torches, to drive out the Poles. Among those who felt exaltation was an ultranationalist politician, Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
âItâs better than a hundred books and a hundred lessons,â he told Vesti-TV after the premiere. âEveryone who sees the film will understand that Russians and Ukrainians are one people â and that the enemy is from the West.â
Mr. Bortko, in an interview, said the state-owned Rossiya television channel had commissioned him to make âTaras Bulbaâ because the conflict with Kiev made it âpolitically topical.â He shrugged off the suggestion that Ukrainians might view the film as divisive, noting that he spent the first 30 years of his life in Ukraine.
âI have more right to speak about Ukraine than 99 percent of those who say otherwise,â he said. Ukrainians and Russians, he said, âare like two drops of mercury. When two drops of mercury are near each other, they will unite. Youâve seen this. Exactly in the same way, our two peoples are united.â
Anyway, he said: âI just filmed Gogol. I didnât make up a single phrase.â
But as his blockbuster opened at more than 600 theaters across Russia and Ukraine, that conversation was just beginning. In Nezavisimaya Gazeta, a newspaper in Moscow that is often critical of the government, Yekaterina Barabash noted small alterations that Mr. Bortko made to Gogolâs text, which she said served to transform a wild Cossack into a respectable patriot, suitable for wide distribution.
âWhat can we do: exaggeration is one of the tokens of our time,â she wrote. âThe cultivation of patriotism, which our government focuses on now, is a token and part of our filmmaking industry. One hope: history will show that such filmmaking does not live long. It will fall into irrelevance, when times change. And Gogol â hooray! â will remain.â
One_of_the_strange said:My take on Moldova is simple; it's the economy. There's no conspiracy, no hidden cabal - it's just that Moldovans look at their economy. which is well and truly in the toilet and wish they had looked West like Rumania did. So they try and get onside with the EU and Romania for some handouts. Simple.
An attempt to stage an operation patterned on âcolour revolutionsâ was made in Moldova, Vladimir Voronin, the Moldovan president, said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais.
He said citizens of Serbia and Romania had masterminded pogroms in Chisinau. Voronin said the arrival of nine persons from Serbia, as well as of agents of the Romanian secret services had been registered in Chisinau. âThey wished to use the moment to stage an operation like a âcolour revolutionâ. The events in Belgrade, Tbilisi, Bishkek and Kiev took place according to such a scenario,â Voronin stressed.
âThe events have been filmed, so we can identify the offenders who attacked policemen. We are going to arrest and prosecute them,â the Moldovan president said.
Moldova's three largest opposition parties will insist that the parliamentary polls of April 5 be declared invalid and new elections held
The opposition leaders also confirmed that they would not take part
in the vote recount on Wednesday.
For the first time in recent memory, the heavy hitters of international election monitoring â the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europeâs Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the Council of Europe and the European Parliament â were in agreement with Russia-led observers from the Commonwealth of Independent States: Moldovan parliamentary elections on Sunday were run more or less in accordance with accepted norms.
Western-sponsored exit polls run by a respected Moldovan political analyst showed the Communists winning 45 percent of the vote. This was outside the usual margin of error for such polling but not by a preposterous amount. The current count gives the Communists 49.48 percent
Even the notoriously skeptical commentator Vladimir Socor compiled a convincing â10 Reasons Why the Communist Party Won Moldovaâs Elections Again,â
rickshaw-major said:I see that there is going to be a recount - on 15 April. â¦
rickshaw-major said:And I suspect the Russian troops will help keep the peace in Transnistria.