In Another 100 Years

In other news, Ukraine is fucked. Which isn’t really new at all.

Every time you think the country is finally emerging from deep shit, it plunges itself into even deeper shit.

Now Ukraine will be back to being the corrupt, depopulated province of Russia. And a hundred years from now it will make another effort to change. Let’s hope it’s successful then.

I now have to scrap all my hopeful lectures on the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity because the revolution has now died. I so wish I never got hopeful. Every time I get my hopes up that we’ll stop being a shithole, we become a greater shithole.


11 thoughts on “In Another 100 Years”

  1. I still do not understand the reasons for this interpretation. How do you think things will develop?

    Does the problem lie in Ze being unable to protect Ukraine because of lack of experience (and possibly brains) or, like one Russian commentor wrote, in the Jewish oligarch behind Ze selling Ukraine to Russia for personal profit? What exactly will go wrong and how?

    You wrote your parents were for Ze, and most Ukrainians voted for him too. If one can be an honest patriot of Ukraine, support the Revolution of Dignity and vote for Ze, won’t those same people rise against him if the country starts going in a truly dangerous direction? He is a President, not God or even only a king. His voters expect a lot, don’t they? If he doesn’t deliver at least partly, they will exert presure on Ze and turn against him.

    Poroshenko, as far as I understood, wasn’t firing corrupt officials. Won’t Ze still have as many experienced (and sometimes corrupt) politicians / experts to help him as one could wish?


    1. Nothing will develop. It will be the same corrupt, dirt-poor stagnation as a Russian colony as always. I see this as a tragedy but apparently most of the population doesn’t.

      It’s not that he’ll do anything particularly bad. It’s that the country had a chance for dignity, a reduction in corruption, an economic and cultural independence. But the people said no to all that because they prefer empty promises of salary increases and reductions in electricity bills.


      1. // But the people said no to all that because they prefer empty promises of salary increases and reductions in electricity bills.

        “Просто днями во время очередного шабаша на одном из федеральных телеканалов наткнулся на обсуждение, где все наши «эксперты» хором орали, что основное там не какая-то там демократия или независимость, а тарифы на газ и это единственное, что реально волнует население. Мол, решить проблему без России с этими тарифами невозможно, а потому Украина всё равно вынуждена будет приползти к нам на коленях с воплями о помощи и спасении.

        Я тогда слегка рассмеялся, а вот сейчас решил в нескольких словах пояснить причину того моего смеха.”


  2. Here, EU news website concluded “Ukraine’s ‘revolution of dignity’ turned out to be a dream” on 04.03.2019 because of Poroshenko’s behavior. Do you disagree with their claims? I keep seeing those claims in many places, so they are deserving of being mentioned.

    // Reforms have stalled
    Now, five years after the protests that brought the ‘revolution of dignity’, it is clear that it was actually just a dream. Despite some modest reforms, a few very rich oligarchs and their cronies in parliament still control Ukraine’s economy.

    For more than a year, authorities from the president all the way down have mounted pressure on independent journalists and many NGOs working in favour of reforms and fighting corruption.

    International press freedom rankings classify Ukraine as only ‘partly free’, and the trend shows a downward direction. Here are some important background facts:
    Ex-President Yanukovych was sentenced for treason but not for robbing the state;
    227 of the 337 judges who sentenced Maidan-activists in 2013-14 are still on their benches;
    the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet in July 2016 remains unsolved.
    Moreover, smear campaigns from both radical nationalists and oligarchs against independent journalists continue.


    1. Poroshenko, shmoroshenko. It’s not about a single person. We should stop waiting for “a good king.” The problem is that 73% of Ukrainians said, to hell with the revolution, we want back to Russia. That’s the tragedy. I don’t care about any individual politician. I care that people want to be a corrupt backwater of Russia. That’s what’s slaughtering me.


  3. // It’s that the country had a chance for dignity, a reduction in corruption, an economic and cultural independence. But the people said no to all that …

    When I read texts as the one below, I get the impression many Ukrainian voters thought voting for Poroshenko would say no to all that. I do not know and cannot discuss whether such perception was correct, but the post I quoted makes me doubt your portrayal of all Ze’s voters as wanting “to be a corrupt backwater of Russia.” Quite a few people apperantly thought voting for Ze was voting against corruption.

    You said the best Ukrainian bloggers agree with you. May you give a few names, please? May be, it will make matters clearer to me.

    “хоронить олигархическую систему Порошенко не собирался. Он собирался делать только вынужденные отступления и …строить симулякры для запада и телевизора […]
    И он прямо заявил, что он не уходит и продолжает борьбу.

    Т .е. олигархическая систем ПРОИГРАЛА СРАЖЕНИЕ НО НЕ ПРОИГРАЛА ВОЙНУ.
    И война с олигархатом будет продолжена, а способен ли Зеленский на такую борьбу – Бог весть.”


    1. There were many candidates, though. It wasn’t just these two. There were Smeshko and Gritsenko, for instance. Either one could have been an alternative. But they got like 0.1% each.

      Nobody was forced to vote for the clown to signal lack of interest in Poroshenko.


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