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The fallout from the collapse of Viktor Yanukovych and the ascendancy of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine took a dark twist this evening, as a minister who backed Yanukovych was found dead from a gunshot wound:
Ukraine's Transport Minister Heorhiy Kyrpa has been found dead at his holiday home near the capital Kiev. The minister is reported to have gunshot wounds and officials said a gun was found near his body.
Mr Kyrpa, 58, appointed in 2002, was a staunch supporter of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.
Local media in Ukraine reported Kyrpa's death as a suicide, apparently brought on by the Yanukovych loss in the presidential election. Americans may recall the various conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Vincent Foster a decade ago, whose body was also found with the gun that killed him. Despite several investigations concluding that Foster committed suicide, including one by Ken Starr, many still believe that his death was part of a vast conspiracy by the Clintons to hush up alleged crimes.
Given the verified poisoning of President-elect Viktor Yushchenko, how far do you think the conspiracy theories will reach in Ukraine, whatever conclusion the evidence supports? Both sides will concoct mythologies with Kyrpa's death at the center that may take decades to unravel. The death may undo much of the high spirits Ukrainians enjoy at the moment of their democratic triumph and remind them that Ukraine still has a long way to travel.Sphere It View blog reactions
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