VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH DURING THE ORANGE REVOLUTION AND VIKTOR YUSHCHENKO’S PRESIDENCY (2004-2009)

Keywords: Orange revolution, Viktor Yushchenko, Viktor Yanukovych, opposition, power

Abstract

The article focuses on the political ac tivity of Viktor Yanukovych during the Orange Revolution and presidency of Viktor Yushchenko. The paper highlights the rise of Yanukovych to become the head of pro-government coalition supported by The President, Leonid Kuchma. Through the media resources analysis (including “Ukrayinska Prav da”, “UNIAN”, “Radio Svoboda”, TV Channel “24” and others) the author gives a detailed description of the Yanukovych’s team exercise of fraudulent instru ments during the election campaign. The research highlights the attempt to split the Ukrainian eleсtorate into “western” and “eastern” and poisoning Viktor Yushchenko in 2004. The article presents a detailed account of the presidential election, public protests of non-recognition of the runoff results, that would later come to be known as the Orange Revolution. The author goes on to tell about Viktor Yanukovych’s attempts to regain his influence on the political arena, his toying with the idea of getting closer to Russia, his team’s efforts to facilitate Yanukovych’s becoming the Ukrainian Prime Minister for the second term in august 2006, sustained by the weakening po sition of Yushchenko. The article analyses the role of John Manafort Junior in Yanukovych’s political image recovery. His return to the key post was followed by Yanukovych’s taking first steps in independent policy-making, conducting meetings with international state leaders and efforts to promote pro-Rus sian course of Ukrainian development. The paper pays close attention to the confrontation of the President – Government – Parliament, which resulted in steady and continuous strengthening the influence of the government amid the weakening weight of the President.

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Published
2022-06-07
How to Cite
Denysenko, V. (2022). VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH DURING THE ORANGE REVOLUTION AND VIKTOR YUSHCHENKO’S PRESIDENCY (2004-2009). Zaporizhzhia Historical Review, 4(56), 159-173. Retrieved from https://istznu.org/index.php/journal/article/view/2389