Like most of my fellow countrymen I cast my vote for a Democratic candidate. I am apolitical and normally wouldn't have gone to the election, but this candidate won my respect when he closed the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant in 2000. He was later dismissed and joined the opposition.
The other candidate was pro-government who had little support here, even with $800.000.000.00 invested in his campaign, he still had no hope of becoming our President.
I knew that according to the results of an exit poll and the first tour for our candidate, we should win. I went to bed with the strong belief that my vote meant something and would make a contribution in the future of our country.
In the morning we learned that the election had been stolen from us. For the first time in my life I had voted on election day and my vote was stolen. I took this as a personal insult. I grabbed my coat and camera and went into the streets.
What I saw was a REVOLUTION!
Yes, a real revolution where the only power was with the crowds.
Since the Soviet Union collapsed Ukraine became one of the most corruptive countries of the World. (only Guatemala and Sudan have been ahead of us) the difference between rich and poor was tremendous, our wages have been lowest and oligarch richest in a region. Life was good only for a president and bunch of his friends and relatives. Everything was hopeless like in a medieval Asia and my first discovery of that morning was that I live in Europe.