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Ukraine: Pro-Russian Crimea Vies With New Kiev Leadership | Simon Shuster | TIME.com

On Thursday morning, when Ukraine's new parliament met to confirm a new government - or, as the chamber's speaker put it, "to move ahead with a total renewal of power" - a detachment of revolutionary troops was parked right outside in an armored personnel carrier. They were not there to protect the lawmakers. They were there to warn them. "So they don't forget who's in charge," said one of troops, Evgeny Sikanov, who had an axe tucked into his bullet proof vest and a portrait of Jesus painted on the front of his helmet. "If they even think about betraying the will of the people, I'm the guy who's going to go in there and give them a spanking."

In the past few days, threats liked that have turned the task of governing into a tightrope walk for the political leaders of the revolution in Ukraine. One week after they toppled the regime of President Viktor Yanukovych, they have begun trying to fill the power vacuum he left behind. But they are being forced to do that at gunpoint, threatened from all sides with a resumption of the uprising - this time against the revolutionary leaders themselves.

In the region of Crimea on Thursday morning, an armed militia showed how easily that could happen. Calling themselves defenders of the ethnic Russian majority in the Crimea, they stormed the regional parliament and the headquarters of the local government, which had gone over to the side of the revolution the previous day. The gunmen proceeded to call a quorum of the region's pro-Russian lawmakers, who convened a session of the Crimean parliament. Standing in the wings with assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades, the masked men then watched as the chamber granted their demand: allow a referendum on the secession of Crimea from Ukraine. A large demonstration of ethnic Russians gathered outside the building to cheer the gunmen on, waving the Russian tricolor.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 28th, 2014 at 04:07:32 AM EST
Yeah...exactly the same scene , how witnesses portrayed take over of Parliament in Kiev few days ago...
All tho I haven't heard of violence in Crimea ( they said they took their mobile phones) but in Kiev they say they took their legitimation and voted instead of them , they have been bitten ( we saw it on TV) , armed people were around and that for sure is the best way to get people vote what you want. Crimeans just learning fast from their brothers in Kiev.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Feb 28th, 2014 at 04:37:19 AM EST
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in Kiev they say they took their legitimation and voted instead of them
Do we have a link for that?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 28th, 2014 at 04:49:26 AM EST
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Uh...f..k the link. Even if I find it now you will say it's not reliable . Still do not deny that they were bitten ( we have all seen it) and that gunmen were in Parliament. One can only imagine how threatened and scared they were (and still are) with Sasha and his ilk around (I hope you have seen him in action at that video up there beating prosecutor because he was not happy with accusations of some murder case).
I would like to see how you would vote with Sasha around , haha

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Feb 28th, 2014 at 05:11:34 AM EST
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Uh...f..k the link. Even if I find it now you will say it's not reliable . Still do not deny that they were bitten ( we have all seen it) and that gunmen were in Parliament.
Well, I am interested in establishing with some degree of confidence the chain of events by which the opposition seized control of the parliament and nullified the agreement brokered by EU mediators. Fuck the link and fuck source reliability are not acceptable to me. You are free to believe whatever you like, but so am I.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 28th, 2014 at 06:09:15 AM EST
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Here is Sashenyka on the job.This happened during Maidan protest :

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=0ba_1393530250The man was talking about freedom of speech and Europe but then Sashenyka came...speech was finished and who knows what happened to poor guy.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein

by vbo on Fri Feb 28th, 2014 at 05:33:11 AM EST
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Sorry this is link ( I do not know what happened).
http://www.liveleak.com/browse?q=Muzychko

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Feb 28th, 2014 at 05:35:01 AM EST
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