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Russian TV Announces Right Sector Leader Led Ukraine Polls

Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh
Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh
Russian state TV reported that controversial far-right politician Dmytro Yarosh was leading Ukraine's May 25 presidential election, even though by all indications he wasn't even close.

Displaying figures purportedly taken from Ukraine's official election website, Channel One anchorwoman Irada Zeinalova announced that Right Sector leader Yarosh was comfortably ahead in the race, with more than 37 percent of the vote. 

The report was illustrated with a screenshot of a website adorned with the title "Ukraine's Presidential Election" that appeared to be from the official Central Election Commission. 

The announcer acknowledged that the figures, coming as the vote was still being counted, were rather "strange." 

"It's unclear what it means -- because it is radically different from exit poll data by four pollsters," news anchor Zeinalova said. "According to exit polls, Petro Poroshenko is leading with 55.9 percent."

Perhaps the strangest thing is how such obviously questionable figures could be broadcast on Russian national television. 

Ukrainian media reported shortly before the vote that the Central Election Commission website had been targeted by a cyberattack. 

Interfax news agency quoted Ukrainian officials as saying on May 26 the information about Yarosh's alleged lead "was prepared in advance" by hackers, and was "stored on Russian Internet resources."

In the end, official preliminary results showed Yarosh far out of the running after receiving slightly above 1 percent of the vote. With votes from more than half of the precincts counted on May 26, Poroshenko was in position to win in the first round, with nearly 54 percent.

Yarosh, 42, is a nationalist leader, known for his anti-Russian remarks. He calls Russia Ukraine's "eternal foe," and has said a war between Russia and Ukraine is "inevitable."

Right Sector's page on the Russian social-networking site VKontakte has called on Doku Umarov, a Chechen militant and Russia's most-wanted terrorist, to intensify "his fight" against Russia.

Moscow accuses Yarosh of publicly calling on anti-Russian forces to orchestrate terror attacks against Russia, and Russian media frequently refers to him as being a fascist. 

In March, Russia requested Interpol to arrest Yarosh. A Russian lawmaker has even called on Russian security services to assassinate Yarosh.

The Twitter hashtag #YaroshBusinessCard (#ВизитнаяКарточкаЯроша #ВизиткаЯроша) emerged in April after the Russian news site LifeNews claimed a Yarosh business card was found at the scene of a deadly shoot-out in eastern Ukraine. 

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by: Danram from: Houston, Texas
May 26, 2014 13:16
I grew up during the Cold War and followed it very closely. Even then the Russians didn't lie as blatantly as they do now.

There are some truly shameless bastards running the Kremlin today.

I was wondering how they'd spin Poroshenko's landslide win after months of spewing propaganda to eastern Ukraine about how everyone in Kiev were "fascists" and "neo-Nazis". Well, now I know.

I wouldn't believe the Kremlin if they said it was raining in Moscow.
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by: TheSaucyMugwump from:
May 27, 2014 17:09
Danram wrote "I grew up during the Cold War and followed it very closely. Even then the Russians didn't lie as blatantly as they do now."

That's not quite true. The tactics Russia is using are very similar to the ones used immediately after WWII to force Eastern European countries into the Soviet sphere of influence. The Soviets used thugs to intimidate people into not voting for Western politicians, just like Russia is doing today in Donetsk where two police commanders were executed by Russians because the police chiefs refused to be Putin's toadies (see below URL). Eastern European countries were not added to the Soviet Union until they "voluntarily" voted to do so, just like in Crimea where the voting percentage approached 100%, an impossible figure. And, of course, once a country votes to join the USSR / Russia, it is never allowed to leave without a fight.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 27, 2014 19:24
If one would read all possible forums, starting with this one
And ending with "You Tube" and less known slime,
Since 1990-th, even official media and press,
From Russia, he would say even dirtiest,
Perverted and lost souls would detest,
He would say Russians and proxies lie,
Insult and using wordings, even mad dogs
Would find offensive and unfair, even for a spy.
For last two decades some of them laced their amok,
like Eugenio, replacing "mat" by Vienna "plastered egg" joke.
Poroshenko no more clown than Putin, Medvedev and other
Russians. The only "non-clowns" are honest veterans, labor
And bumps of Russia - the rest have earn life being kissers.
There is a difference. Save nation from bitchy "imperio- vor",
Fight negative vector of future imposed by Russian twisters.

Evil Russia made some gain in such evil vector of regress
That makes Eugenio gloat - while victoriously fortune-tells
On non-Russian nations on Planet Earth, Russia aggress.
It is what victims of Russia fighting against, freedom Bell
Isn't dead yet, still some former "clowns" fight quite well!

On pragmatic side, isn't it what they call politics? Hold
Such a balance that not withstanding all problems try
Keep up positive vector of life of nation, while molds
Of West, Russia and their USSR Quislings try fry
One's brain to make mistakes for nation to fall?

Will see what happen....

by: geral from: United States
May 26, 2014 23:39
Ukraine pretends to ask USA (the enemy of mankind) for assistance. HELLO.
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by: Vicki from: Earth
May 28, 2014 00:05
If you hate US so much, why you still live there?

by: Anonymous
May 27, 2014 02:19
"In March, Russia requested Interpol to arrest Yarosh. A Russian lawmaker has even called on Russian security services to assassinate Yarosh."
So how is this fellow different from the Pro Russia rebel leadership? Maybe a referendum in Chechnya would see them separate and Yarosh could stop having to fight for Chechyan freedom.

by: Alex Paliy from: battleground wa usa
May 27, 2014 03:38
This newspaper is full of crap! What the russian news said was that some o e hacked into one of the leaders sights and tried to make it look like yarosh was winnings. Get your facts straits propogandists

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by: jojnjo from: Dublin
May 28, 2014 02:22
Well Putin's full of crap now, starting a war in Ukraine he won't be able to stop & soon his compatriots in the homeland will see all the lies he has told them for what they are, & the Russian people will soon give him the biggest protests (when their economy) goes even more belly up, because he has more interest in starting wars that he has in looking after their well-being & Russia's future economy) that he will flee Russia like Yukonovych did Ukraine.

Putin wants now to talk to the new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pity then he didn't think of that before he went barging into the Crimea, but then idiotic power hungry dictator's usually are devoid of brains when they are hemmed up with controlling more minds. The same with Lavrov, who again was threatening Ukraine daily just after Putin's Crimean adventure if Ukraine were to defend their country for (YES) pro Russian terrorists, because that's what they are to most of the people in Ukraine & to even a sizable number of the population in Donetsk who have been living under threat from these rogues ever since Putin started his dilly-dallying invasion.

Now I see it will backfire on him, because he'll either have to drag the Pro-East- Russian ruffians & green little men back or go into all blown out war in Ukraine, which ever he decides to do, he'll be the loser with the world & with his own people who will see him for what he is, a warmongering bully. Though where-ever that leads to for the rest of the world? only God knows, but one certainty from it all is that Putin brought & is bringing Ukraine & it's people the misery he brought to Syria & Chechnya,Georgia. For you see, Misery is his (middle) name.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 27, 2014 05:42
A week from now the newly elected Ukrainian clown will be running to Putin to beg him for a gas-prince discount. Let's see what price he will have to pay for it.
In the case if the Ukrainians do not manage to convince Putin to give them such a discount, Ukrainian appartments will most probably be rather cold this coming winter :-)).
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by: mark from: USA
May 27, 2014 15:31
Maybe Putin could sell that gas to his friends in Austria - Freedom Party - real fascists
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 27, 2014 20:46
Mark, TheSaucyMugwump, why are you, guys, so nervous; why this kind of reaction to an innocent comment :-))?
Selling gas to the Freedom Party? Why not to Conchita Wurst :-))? A foolish deal with China? Well, if it is so foolish, then the RFE/RL and CNN should be glorifying this "foolish" deal day and night - after all, fooling Russia is all they want :-).
And to see how the current crisis in Ukraine is likely to end - just have a look at SYRIA. There as well the Beavuses started a civil war in 2011 in a hope of getting control over the country. And what did they get? They just got all their terrorist friends killed, and Baschar is running the country the same way he was 3-5-10 years ago and will be doing so for many years to come.
And starting from June 3rd, supplies of Russian gas to Ukraine will be interrupted, and all those Kolomoiskys and Poroschenkos will be begging Putin to turn the supply on again - but in vain :-)).
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by: TheSaucyMugwump from:
May 27, 2014 17:15
Eugenio, why aren't you, "Jack from LA," and the other Russian expatriates fighting for Mother Russia in Eastern Ukraine? If you hate the West so much, why are all of you living here?

And speaking of clowns, did you read the Moscow Times article mentioned in another RFE/RL piece regarding the clown prince Putin's foolish gas deal with China?

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