Stepan Bandera

Change For Ukraine, But Likely Not For Jews

Yanukovich’s victory welcomed cautiously by community.

02/25/2010
JTA

Moscow — In a country where anxieties about anti-Semitism are never far from the surface, Viktor Yanukovich’s victory in Ukraine’s presidential election is being welcomed with caution by Ukrainian Jews.

Yanukovich, who has close ties to the Kremlin, replaces Viktor Yushchenko, his West-leaning rival who won five years ago in a second runoff election between the candidates. Widespread protests claiming fraud in favor of Yanukovich in the original runoff spurred the rematch. The pro-democracy protests became known as the Orange Revolution.

New Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich. “We don’t expect any unpleasant surprises,” a Ukrainian Jewish leader said.
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