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    BRAMA, December 21, 2011, 9:00 AM ET


    Lessons from Muscovy
    By Bishop Paul Peter Jesep

    Vladimir Putin is whining about street protests against his United Russia party. It lost its majority in the Duma. The party went from a 64.3 percent majority to 49.4 percent. It did so despite ballot stuffing, using government resources, interference with election inspectors, keeping opposition parties off the ballot, and directing the media to provide it with favorable coverage.

    Protests broke out denouncing the widespread election fraud. Putins regime called out 50,000 police and 2,000 troops. Opposition leaders were arrested. He blamed the West for encouraging them. Yet Putins subordinate President Dmitry Medvedev called the protests a reflection of democracy.

    Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev called for new elections. According to Gorbachev, The countrys leaders must admit there were numerous falsifications and rigging and the results do not reflect the peoples will. Put another way, the United Russia party should have received even fewer votes. The united Muscovites are not so united.

    Although Putin isnt learning the lesson of humility and accepting that hes not the best thing since beluga caviar served with lightly toasted bread, perhaps theres a chance that his puppet governor in Ukraine Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych sees an omen for himself.

    Today, people are empowered with technology and social media. Never before have authoritarian regimes been so threatened by the direct empowerment of people. Twitter, Facebook, and the use of cell phones circumvent the lies, deceptions, and manipulations of a self-interested ruling class. Street protests against Putin were fueled in large part by the ability of democratic minded citizens communicating through social media.

    If the strapping Putin can be humiliated on the world stage despite widespread voter fraud and media manipulation to benefit him and his party, whats the lesson Viktor Fedorovych should learn for his European country from Eurasia? Dont confuse your narcissistic insecurities with the will of the people. Dont confuse social unrest with your paranoid fears that the world is out to get you.

    Of course Viktor Fedorovych has consistently failed to seize opportunities to leave a positive mark on Ukrainian history and to have a legacy that historians and future generations will one day cheer.

    As a result, democratic forces in Ukraine should start making preparations for the next parliamentary and presidential elections. Now is the time to start planning how likely voter fraud should be handled. Now is the time to start engaging with Western election observers. Now is the time to start thinking about the what ifs. What if, as one example, Viktor Fedorovych arrests more opposition leaders? Whats the coordinated strategy? Are future leaders being groomed?

    Liberty, freedom, and democracy are not dependent on one person or party. They cannot be if a nation and its people are going to be truly free. Every individual citizen is ultimately responsible for the destiny of his or her country no matter the problems whether they be corruption or economic stagnation. Those with the democratic spirit must educate new generations of voters about their responsibilities in a democracy.

    Infrastructures must be developed and sustained. A whole new cultural mindset is needed where it is widely accepted that government serves the people. It needs to be reinforced that public service is an honor. It requires putting the greater good above personal gain.

    Viktor Fedorovych still doesnt get it. Until the next set of elections the democratically minded must optimize all available social media tools. They must continue to build networks of people. Relationships need to be developed, established, and coalitions must be formed with those who would not normally be considered allies. There is usually common ground among different groups wanting change. The future of Ukraine continues to rest in the hands of the people.

    Bishop Paul Peter Jesep of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) is a New York lawyer and designated U.S. spokesperson for His Beatitude Metropolitan Myfodii of the UAOC in Ukraine. The views expressed here are personal and in no way reflect the official position of the church. He may be reached at VladykaPaulPeter (a)

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