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Over the weekend, activists from a Ukrainian women's movement protested their country's dirty politics by throwing mud at each other.

With the campaign beginning for the third election in as many years --a campaign already full of invective and childishness -- it's not hard to see the ladies' point. And hats off to them for a novel way of making it.

On Ukraine's political culture, Yevgeny Kiselyov had an interesting piece in last week's "Moscow Times" arguing that, despite the turbulence in Ukraine's political life, the discourse is healthy and vital.

Compare that, he says, to Russia's political scene, which is "thick, swampy, and lifeless" and "could have fatal consequences."

-- Luke Allnutt

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