It’s been confirmed – as though there was any serious doubt – that Viktor Yushchenko’s dramatic physical changes are due to poisoning.

Before confirmation was made public, his opposing politicians and their publicists blamed Yushchenko’s disfigurement on anything from consumption of unpatriotic food (sushi and cognac, rather than pork and vodka) to plain old stress.

The fact that Yushchenko had dined with the chairman of the Ukrainian Security Service and his deputy, just before falling ill, was glossed over.

before after

I wonder if we would have witnessed such public confirmation of what was originally termed a “conspiracy theory” if the victim had been an anti-West candidate?

Who knows.

Incidentally, the most interesting report I’ve read on the Ukraine election scandal is the one on the Schnews site. Click the cartoon below for the full story.