zino wrote:Who's that Tsarev? Is he another crook or something? Could be a viable leader for the revolution?
He's been around for some time; a prominent deputy of Yanukovich's party - but he was never that significant in terms of the role he played. Mainly, he was making a lot of speeches, drumming up support and so on.
When the previous regime was still in power - it organized anti-Maidan protests at a nearby park; this guy was prominent there and made quite a few speeches, as well as in other conferences, etc...: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34eqQ1X1Zg4
In the last days of the previous regime - he was talking about how Yanukovich had authorized a counter-terrorist operation, how the square will be liberated and so on - well that one didn't quite work out so well.
A few days after the revolution - he was visited by Maidanists in front of his home, at least twice in fact - and both times he went out to meet them, answer their questions, demands, and he did so very well, defending his point of view and not being afraid to do so.
He's thoroughly pro-Russian - and the reason why he's been received so well here in Donetsk is because he's just about the only eastern politician that didn't betray his electorate in order to suck up to and grovel before the new authorities, mostly he just stayed out of the way but he didn't change sides or renounce his views.
He isn't presidential material though - not what I would think of as a leader exactly.
But - the fact that he's come to the Donetsk People's Republic and declared his support for it is pretty significant - he's the first prominent politician in the Ukraine to so.
Now others might join, the movement will gain some legitimacy, and we may see a united front and some sort of south-east council or something before long - I doubt that there would be any one figure in control and if there will than it won't be this guy. For that - they'll get someone new.
Gubareva seems better. Judging by the videos ukrainian women are by far better then men: more active during protests, more courageous, they don't fear to expose their opinion in public.
You're right about that!
At least from the eastern side. Up until this week all easterner 'leaders' have been subverting their own movements, submitting to the putschists demands, doubling back on their promises, on their own views, completely bullshiting their own electorate, etc...
All it took was a couple of chats with SBU agents for the person in question to submit - or in a few cases; just get taken into custody without anyone else doing much about it.
The protestors themselves weren't much better - disorganized, sporadic, lacking initiative - and relying too much on their 'leaders', most of whom ended up betraing them