Saturday February 22, 2014, 12:07 am
You already know that the Republican Party has established a strong presence in the former Soviet Union through the anti-democratic policies of Vladimir Putin (R-RU), aka GOP Pootie. Sadly, Putin has a Republican ally in the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, who is killing hos people to maintain dominance. Putin supports him. Consider the years of sacrifice athletes undertake to earn an opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games. That Bogdana Matsotska has sacrificed that opportunity to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian protestors makes her a true Olympic Hero.
Saturday February 22, 2014, 12:38 am
I suspect this will become another thread where those believing the Ukraine crisis is provoked by the US & those that blame Russia will get into another argument ... losing sight of the fact that there are real people who genuinely believe in what they're doing who are protesting. Bogdana takes a very courageous stand here, she may well pay not only with her chance in these Olympics but in opportunities in the future .
Thanks for posting!
Saturday February 22, 2014, 5:08 am
Sports and politics should be like church and state.
I would not be so fast to put Russia down, they have no deficit, and only pay ab13% flat tax, they are actually looking for immigrants.
nothing is perfect, the USA does some pretty nasty things itself.
Saturday February 22, 2014, 5:09 am
News about Ukraine comes thick and fast here, and that's no surprise considering how close Ukraine is to Europe. It borders on Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, which were satellite states of Russia before joining the EU, much like Ukraine is now. Nobody here is thinking this is provoked by the US, Russia will blame the EU for it because the people of Ukraine want to join it and not stay aligned with Russia. We have felt the wrath of Putin before over Ukraine when he closed down all gas supplies to Europe in 2006, so we know quite well what he is capable of.
Bogdana Matsotska was indeed very brave not to participate in the Olympics, but they have persuaded her not to return to Ukraine immediately, because the situation was so dangerous. After the video was made, the riot squads and snipers killed more than a 100 protesters in the capital. After intervention of some ministers of foreign affairs from Poland, Germany and France, who were equally heroic going into parliament right between extremely agitated members of the government and the opposition, a 'truce' was signed. But the opposition leader was booed away as a traitor when he returned with it, and things are far from quiet. Snipers are still about. So it is good that she hasn't returned yet. There's little she can do there, if she gets into harm's way things will only escalate again and her and her father's message is better heard from Sotchi.
Saturday February 22, 2014, 6:22 am
I admire all of the protesters - they are willing to die for what they believe in. Bogdana took a stand with her people and she can be proud. Appreciate your input, Lona, as we in the US aren't always certain we are getting a complete, true story.
Saturday February 22, 2014, 7:55 am
I feel sad that she felt in her heart that she could not compete in this year's Olympics. Sometimes one must do what they feel is right and the strong feelings in their hearts. I hope there is a peaceful resolution for all.
Kudos to this young lady and her dad for voicing their beliefs.
Saturday February 22, 2014, 9:23 am
I trust by now everyone knows that, despite the fact that some things were signed yesterday, Viktor Yanukovych has fled the palace and the capital. NY Times: "Vitali Klitschko, one of three opposition leaders who signed the deal to end the violence, said that Mr. Yanukovych had 'left the capital' but his whereabouts were unknown, with members of the opposition speculating that he had gone to Kharkiv, in the northeast part of Ukraine."
I agree Bogdana is a true hero, and join in the kudos you send, TC.
Saturday February 22, 2014, 11:02 am
People willing to die for their country is usually the only thing that brings about real change. Not that they have to die, but that they are willing to for the good of all. I salute her and her father. I wish others would have taken the same stand in solidarity for freedom. And not just people from her country.
Saturday February 22, 2014, 11:48 am
Good on them! I hope also that their sacrifice is not in vain and that they both stay safe and come to no harm. Sometimes, all that is left besides one's life, is to stand up against great odds and say NO MORE, knowing that it may come with the ultimate price of that life. I hope for them, that that does not have to happen.
Saturday February 22, 2014, 1:41 pm
“as a protest against lawless actions made towards protesters, the lack of responsibility from the side of the president and his lackey government, we refuse further performance at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.”
A brave young woman at just 24. I hope she survives the repercussions. What is going on in the Ukraine is criminal, no surprise Putin supports it, but the rest of the world and the UN should be condemning it for what it is, genocide. Ridiculous. Completely. But good for her!
Saturday February 22, 2014, 5:16 pm
Stepping out of the Olympics to join protesters in Kiev . . . kudos to her but I wonder if the Russians will try to stop her? Here is an interesting article from the Guardian Ukranian Protests . After reading this article, I really wonder if Russia will try to create trouble in the Ukraine . . . even trying to take it over?
Saturday February 22, 2014, 7:05 pm
Thanks Tom for the post, the videos and the link to the NY Times article by Mr. Borden. Kudos to Bogdana, her father and the other Ukranian athletes for placing black mourning bands on their national flag in support of the protesters. With Putin supporting President Yanukovych I don't think there will be good faith negotiations with the protesters. Read, viewed and noted.
Saturday February 22, 2014, 10:54 pm
I feel politics should be kept out of Olympic Games, this is not in the spirit of the games. This should not be a platform for protesters of any form, terrorists or politicians to use the games to their advantage to make a point. The games, in the Olympic spirit, are meant to bring people and countries together and make friends.
Instead countries try to show off by how much money they spend on building the venue. Some countries spend millions trying to dominate the medal tally for political reasons. Even the sportsmen/women are now using the games to advertise their sexual preferences or political standing or any thing else. This is sick and not in the spirit of the Olympic Games and I barely watched any of it. I am just sick of it. I am not wasting my time on this anymore. I also feel for that S.Korean ice dancer who got ripped off by Eastern European judges, she deserved that win, but was denied the honor even though she was the best. Politics. I will not even watch the closing ceremony. The Games are skrewed up for the wrong reasons.