Just maybe, I'm crazy

Friday, March 31, 2006

Wild Dances singer Ruslana, who won the Eurovision in 2004 for Ukraine, has become a member of the Ukrainian parliament. Elections were recently held in Ukraine, about 18 months after Ukraine's Orange Revolution.

The 2004 presidential elections held in Ukraine were disputed, with candidate Viktor Yushchenko claiming corruption. People took to the streets in Ukraine in protest and the election was overturned. At a subsequent election, Yushchenko was declared president of Ukraine. During the 2004's disputed elections, Ruslana declared support for Viktor Yushchenko. At one stage, she said she would to go on hunger strike for the cause.

This year, she was a candidate for Yushchenko's party, Our Ukraine, in parliamentary elections, and was voted in.

Ruslana has said, “I am ready to change my schedule radically to attend all sessions of the Verkhovna Rada. I may even stop my career." Laws about patronage of art, job placement for students and defense of intellectual property right are her legislative priorities.

You can see her now, can't you? In the Verkhovna Rada, blow-torch in hand, ready to debate the issues of the day. Hopefully, she'll wear her leathers to the opening of parliament.


Anonymous said...

will she perform wild russian dances at her celebratory acceptance thingy?

Anonymous said...

Considering she is Ukrainian, and not Russian, I expect not.

Well, Yushchenko's (and Ruslana's) party did reeeeaally badly and came third in the end with just some 13% of the vote, while Yanukovych got his revenge with 33%.

That sly fox Yulia Tymoshenko (with her hair) came second.