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It is a dramatic story: an outgoing president implicated via secret tape-recordings in corruption and murder; a shadowy world of political cheats and manipulators; the massive covert involvement of Putin’s Russia; the poisoning of the opposition challenger; and finally the mass protest of half a million Ukrainians that forced a second poll and the victory of Viktor Yushchenko.
As well as giving an account of the election and its aftermath, the book examines the broader implications of the Orange Revolution and of Russia’s serious miscalculation of its level of influence. It explores the likely chain reaction in Moldova, Belarus, and the nervous autocracies of the Caucasus, and points to a historical transformation of the geopolitics of Eurasia.
|1||How the deed was done||1|
|3||A short history of Ukraine : what was at stake in the election?||25|
|4||Two dress rehearsals : Gongadze, Melnychenko and the 2002 elections||51|
|9||The international implications||174|
|10||Conclusions : revolution number 5||198|