In his World Affairs article Rutgers University professor Alexandr Motyl quotes anEastern European diplomat saying that "The Yanukovych kleptocracyis no worse than Putin's, but since there's no energy dependence onthem, no military threat, Ukraine has become the ideal EasternEuropean "Other." Hence, there is no need to be civil towardUkraine, as there is nothing to lose. Does anyone believe Westernleaders will stay away from the Sochi Olympics because ofKhodorkovsky or Magnitsky in the way they boycotted the Ukrainianhalf of the UEFA 2012 soccer matches? "
"With every new bit of thuggery coming from the Yanukovychregime, those received ideas get renewed empirical corroboration.And Ukraine simply becomes the stand-in for the contempt with whichEuropeans hold Russia no less than Ukraine, but will never say.
What a revolting fate for Ukraine: to be Russia's stand-in!", headds.