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Vyacheslav Kyrylenko +3 rejoin “For Ukraine” – Fraying ends in the United Opposition?

February 3, 2013

OK, before I start, there are various spellings of Mr Kyrylenko’s name in the public realm.  I have chosen the spelling that he uses for his twitter account, which I know for certain is written by him, and thus it is a spelling he is happy with.

Anyway, Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Ksenia Lyapina, Ivan Stoiko and Oleh Medunitsya have rejoined the “For Ukraine” party, membership of which they suspended during the parliamentary elections in order to retain their seats on the ballot of Batkivshchyna – not unlike many other opposition MPs from numerous opposition parties big and small – with the exception of UDAR and Svoboda – as that was indeed the plan of a “United Opposition”.

As I wrote not long ago, further calls from Ms Tymoshenko for a complete unification of opposition parties (under her party banner and thus her leadership one has to assume) was met with a sound rebuttal from UDAR – quite rightly in my opinion, having written this back in April 2011:  “It makes more sense, at least if we are to consider issues as adults, for the opposition parties to act in unison on issues they agree upon and where they differ from the current government, rather than to try and force together a united opposition party that is not based on a shared ideology other than the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

One may well say, so what?  Mr Kyrylenko being of extremely limited political ability, projecting a truly weak public personality, especially on live television, this really makes no difference to the scheme of things – Well, yes, and no.

It makes little difference in respect of the fact his (and colleagues) vote will remain allied to that of the opposition when counting votes in the RADA – but if he (and his colleagues) truly felt this was a necessary move, which judging by his tweets until the early hours of yesterday justifying this move – they do – then there is cause to doubt any real unity within those that constitute the leadership of the “United Opposition” under the collective Batkivshchyna banner.

In fact, let’s be quite frank – even during the parliamentary elections and thereafter, Arseny Yatseniuk (Front for Change) has repeatedly said his and his party’s ideology differs from that  Batkivshchyna.  How long before the Front for Change MPs who also suspended their membership to campaign on the  Batkivshchyna “United Opposition” ticket decide they too will reactivate their party memberships?

What of Anatoli Gritsenko and his party who openly admitted they had no choice but to join the  Batkivshchyna “United Opposition” or face extinction under the new electoral rules – despite his less than kind words for the  Batkivshchyna Party.

In short, will the move of Mr Kyrylenko and colleagues be the start of the splintering of the UO leadership back to their old political flags, or can the remaining uncomfortably united political egos hold it together under the singular Batkivshchyna “United Opposition”  banner?  If so, for how long?

One also must now ponder whether, if over the course of the next few months, Mr Kyrylenko will lose his position as Deputy Head of the  Batkivshchyna “United Opposition” faction in the RADA, as well as his position as Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Culture and Spiritual Leaders – a position he was given to insure his unwavering support.  Perhaps that position he deems is too small for a man of his stature?   (To be fair anything bigger or with a higher profile,  is far, far beyond his abilities – not that ability counts for anything in the RADA.)

For the opposition, it could be a rather trying few months until the summer break if it begins to unravel internally.  Let’s hope they hold it together, but in doing so, we must recognise that hope is often the last human emotion left to cling to that defies the reality of life.

Whatever way you look at this development – it will complicate opposition matters internally.

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