Imagine a country with Russian politics and Greek economics, and you might have something close to the current state of Ukraine, writes The Globe and Male.
In the paper's opinion, there are more and more " echoes of Vladimir Putin's Russia. And like his ally in Moscow, Mr. Yanukovych seems willing to stifle anyone who gets in his way. Government prosecutors have filed baffling tax-fraud charges against TVi, the country's only critical broadcaster - for failing to file for a value-added-tax rebate. To make matters worse, Ukraine's largest cable operator bumped TVi to its premium package this week, pretty much ensuring it will be irrelevant to the masses".
The newspaper notes that the problems with freedom of speech were clearly shown by the 'Stop Censorship' protest during the World Newspaper Congress in Kiev.
"In the spirit of hitting them where it hurts, the International Monetary Fund has indicated it won't be there to bail out the spendthrift regime, thus forcing Kiev's hand to devalue its currency and accept the resulting wrath of inflation. Any favourable IMF loans shouldn't come without a clean election"
The Canadian journalist notes that Ukraine is in a complicated situation. " If the observers give Ukraine a yellow card, Mr. Yanukovych could ignore the judgment and draw more support from both Russia (hungry for gas pipelines) and China (hungry for farmland)".