"Nasha" Yulia is new PM

Political firebrand (and Dnipropetrovsk native) Yulia Tymoshenko was appointed Prime Minister yesterday by Yushenko before he left for a fence mending trip to Moscow. Most Orange types are quite pleased by this. She had quite a prominent role in all the Orange protests.

However, there are going to be some that are going to be slightly off put by this. Saying that Yulia made a lot of her fortune through questionable dealings in the Ukrainian energy sector back in the 90s would be a bit of an understatement. Many say that these charges were politically motivated, even then. Others I know that worked with her back then tell me otherwise. In either case, I hope that things work out with this.

The best comment I read about this easily came from Discoshaman over at Le Sabot Post-Modern. "While lacking the erudition and gamine beauty of Yanukovych, Tymoshenko will be implacable in the fight for economic and social reform."

Regarding Yushenko's Moscow visit, this quote from Putin had me in hysterics: "You know that Russia has never acted behind the scenes in post-Soviet space," Putin said. "We have never acted [in a way that would] bypass the government..." Really? I wonder what the Goverhments of Moldova, Georgia, and Tajikistan (among others) would have to say about that. I guess Putin forget to say "Except in the cases of Trans-Dniester, Abkhazia, and Ferghana Vally (among others) but what are you going to do about it? You're 'nasha' anyway. Yob Tvayo Mat."