In December 2004, the world watched as hundreds of thousands of
Ukrainians gathered to defy the results of a transparently rigged
presidential election. The charismatic popular candidate, Viktor
Yushchenko, had been poisoned and disfigured by his opponents. The
security forces threatened violent repression. But the
demonstrators stayed and, as international pressure grew, the
corrupt old regime that had been supported by Putin's Kremlin was
deposed. It was the most significant moment for Europe since the
fall of the Berlin Wall. An Orange Revolution is the gripping
account of this historic uprising and the events that led to it.
Ukraine was treated roughly by the twentieth century, occupied by
the Germans and annexed by the Soviets. It saw guerrilla fighting
after the Second World War and dissent was crushed by successive
Communist administrations. Its history has been one of corruption,
power struggles, organised crime, but a resiliently optimistic
population. Based on firsthand observation and interviews with
major players and anonymous demonstrators alike, this is about a
people who have forced a lasting change: judges who defied death
threats, a murdered journalist, amateur musicians who composed an
anthem for the people, and soldiers who staked their lives to back
the opposition. An Orange Revolution also traces the story of the
author's family, who paid a high price for speaking out. An Orange
Revolution is a captivating book about a defining moment in
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