Friday, January 22, 2010

Blue Mood - Five Years after Revolution (Work in Progress)

Five years after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine has been struggling economically and politically. As a result, indifference and hopelessness are rampant among the voters. The incumbent, pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko has already lost in the first round. Yushchenko's former rival and pro-Rusian Viktor Yanukovych, whose victory in the 2004's election was claimed fraud and annulled by the Supreme Court, advanced the second round along with Yushchenko's former ally and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who played unpopular political battles with Yushchenko. The second round is expected to be held on February 7, 2010.

Independence Square in Kiev were crowded with thousands of Orange Revolution supporters in the last election. But, the authority banned political activities there during the election time, and the square was left empty on the day before the first round of the election.

Yulia Timoshenko's campaign ad in a metro station in Kiev.

Viktor Yanukovych and Party of Region's supporters gather in St. Sophia Square in Kiev. Yanukovych, during the Orange Revolution, is now leading the poll for the presidential election.

Old man swims on a cross-shaped pond made for the Orthodox Epiphany's ritual. Many Kiev residents celebrated the holiday, and little political activities were hardly seen.

President Yushchenko lost in the first poll, finishing in the fifth.

St. Sophia Church.

Old woman walks on the street in Kiev.

Metro escalator where a number of campaign ads were hung. But, two days before the first round, all the ads were removed because of the campaign laws.

Railway station in Kiev.

Curtain of the voting booth in Dnepropetrovsk where Yulia Tymoshenko voted for the first round of the elections. She is also from Dnepropetrovsk.

Ballot box.

Tymoshenko surrounded by a number of reporters.

Tymoshenko gets out of the voting

Viktor Yanukovych.

Viktor Yanukovych's supporters gather in downtown Kiev a day after the first round of the elections.

Again Maidan.

"Place for ads" after the campaign ads were removed.


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