It seems that billionaires rule in Eastern or ‘Slavic’ Europe. Now that Ukraine all but has a new president, a chocolate billionaire, there seems to be commonality between him and his nemesis in Russia. If Putin wasn’t a billionaire before he came to power, he most certainly is now, so I guess it’s just a question of when the two gained their wealth.
I am not totally knocking the right of such rich men becoming leaders, and let’s face it, many of the world’s top leaders are in that category or soon become so once they can manipulate ‘conditions’ in their countries so that wealth accumulates in their manes. Every continent has such examples.
The new president elect of Ukraine probably has more in common with his rival in Russia than he cares to admit. Time will tell as he tries to stamp his mark as a leader. His first task is to unite his strife-torn country and to find ways to stop the fragmentation of Ukraine. He has made it clear where his stance is re those regions who dare to take themselves back to ‘Mother Russia.’
If Ukraine is allowed to work out its ‘issues,’ without the influence of Russia on one side and the USA/EU alliance on the other, then perhaps there is hope, but even that pathway is not without dangers. There is a huge number of Ukrainians who have ‘hit the streets, perhaps the large majority, who just want to get on with their lives, going about looking after their families and wishing for the very same things that the rest of the world wants—peace and prosperity. It is the ‘other players,’ both within Ukraine and outside who are the main impediment to this goal. Let us hope that the newly elected president can achieve that precious state of ‘peace’ for his country. SO—back off ‘big boys—on both sides of Ukraine’s borders.