An Orange Revolution in Byeloruss?
A commentary in the Wall Street Journal lays out the possibilities of an Orange Revolution in Byelorus, and why it may be more difficult to achieve there than it was in Ukraine. Although, I must say, that a year ago, or even when this election originally took place, I would have said the same thing about Ukraine. I was sure that the entrenched corrupt government, in league with Putin, held too many levers of power to allow a true reformer to come to power.
An interesting point among many in the article is the notion that one of the factors in the success of the revolution and democracy in Ukraine was the return of the diaspora -- Ukrainians living abroad who, like Kateryna Yushchenko, returned at the first opportunity to help the country of their parents and ancestors.