f course this is about more than money, though it does lie at the root of it. Russia and EU aren´t merely two competing markets, they represent to a degree two competing civilisational systems. The attitude towards human rights, the environment, democracy, the rule of law and so on are all coloured by this civilisational outlook. And Ukraine has been fundamentally divided between the two since independence. Now, if the economic situation is good enough, people can be ´bought off´, in that they will be more or less content and not demand ´pesky´ rights (panem et circenses, the Romans knew it already). But when the economy turns sour and someone like Yanukovich tries to shore up his position in such a heavy-handed manner, people will start to protest. Picking an anniversary of the Orange Revolution only adds fuel to the flames. I really would not be surprised if this protest reaches the critical mass needed for a revolution.
Exactly. But one can only believe people can't be bought off that easily.
What is bothering me is that people don't seem to be aware of what is happening. In Europe, in the EU, let along outside of it. The government is trying to shut down the protests, using force, and controlling the media. The word needs to be spread out.