Minus the cheating, this seems to be about the same result as last time, despite the defection of much of Yanukovych’s elite support. So the pro-Russian, pro-tyranny, pro-poisoning vote is big and solid.
(What’s that I hear you say? That not everyone who voted for Yanukovych was in favor of tyranny or poisoning? Subjectively, that may be true: I’m sure not all Bush voters were subjectively in favor of torture, or of national bankruptcy. But obviously both Yanukovych voters and Bush voters so feared or hated what they thought the opposition stood for that they either refused to believe the facts or voted in spite of them.)
So Yushchenko has a hard row to hoe.
Once again: How much is this country prepared to pony up to make it work? If the answer doesn’t have 10 digits to the left of the decimal point, never mind.