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10th anniversary Orange Revolution

November 22, 2014 - UKRAINE

The 10th anniversary of the start of the popular protests known as the Orange Revolution falls on 22 Nov 2014.

The anniversary is likely to be a new flashpoint in the former Soviet country, which is torn between East and West. The southern and eastern regions largely support closer relations with Russia, while the west and much of the center support European integration.

The Orange Revolution in 2004 started in Kiev following disputed election results that gave Viktor Yanukovych the presidency. The following year saw the jailing of his political rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, a leader of the Orange Revolution and former prime minister. Her imprisonment inflamed the opposition, and Yanukovych's abrupt turn to Russia for a bailout in Dec 2013 and his rejection of negotiations with the European Union led to the protests in 2014 that culminated in his being ousted. The government elected in May will be on equally shaky grounds and Russia regards the election as illegal.

Media divided on Russia-Ukraine deal (BBC 18 Dec 2014)

Yanukovych resignation sparked by EU u-turn (Guardian 1 Dec 2013)

EU battle for Ukraine ends in truncheons and tear gas (EU Observer 30 Dec 2013)

Date written/update: 2014-03-10