Reprinted from Consortium News
Yet, as much fun as some of these well-connected politicians and bureaucrats may be having in Kiev, the plight of the average Ukrainian continues to worsen as "free-market" reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund take hold. Those "reforms" have included slashing old-age pensions, removing worker protections, and hiking the price of heating fuel.
Now, the latest "democratic" reform is to appoint a neocon politician on the run from his own country's criminal justice system to govern what is likely to be a hostile population of ethnic Russians in Odessa.
On May 2, 2014, neo-Nazi street fighters set fire to Odessa's Trade Union Building and burned alive dozens of ethnic Russians who had taken refuge there. The building was also spray-painted with Nazi slogans, including praise for the Galician SS, a Ukrainian force that fought with the Nazis and slaughtered Jews. [See Consortiumnews.com's "Ukraine's Dr. Strangelove Reality."]
Overseeing that tense city now is an unelected ex-Georgian neocon politician who is facing charges in his homeland for human rights abuses and misuse of government funds -- more "democracy promotion" in the tragic land of Ukraine.