Friday, November 24, 2006

Second body found for Gongadze?

Several media have reported the last few days that Slovakian authorities unearthed a body that allegedly belongs to Heorhiy Gongadze, the critical internet journalist who disappeared in 2000 when Kuchma was president of Ukraine.

Usually this should be good news. But not now, since they already found a (headless) body in 2000. After a cover-up of the case under Kuchma, it became a theme during the Orange revolution. It is a test case for president Yushchenko, in which he could prove that he really can cope with corruption and do away with the old regime. Many people believe, however, that the Gongadze case was as such included in the round table talks between Yushchenko, Yanukovich and Kuchma that ended the Orange revolution almost two years ago. In that scenario Kuchma would go free. Time will tell.

Some interesting questions remain. If this second body belongs to Gongadze, whose body was found in Ukraine then?

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