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Help Ukrainians Stand Up for Western Values

Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Before Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signed a deal to bail out our country’s economy this week, there was excitement among Western officials and analysts about the way some businessmen who have bankrolled the president’s rise to power appeared to be distancing themselves from him.

Many Ukrainians weren’t fooled. The country’s so-called oligarchs still supported Yanukovych. And now they will be prime beneficiaries of the $15 billion of bail-out loans and lower natural gas prices that he secured from Russian President Vladimir Putin.