This article certainly illustrates the democratic backslide in Ukraine under Yanukovych.
Gerard Kennedy, a Canadian politician observing the election process in Ukraine, was confronted Friday by ... a squadron of police ... at the election commission in Mariupol, an area of Donetsk.
Kennedy said the police tried to hinder the observers from ensuring that the process was fair leading up to Sunday's parliamentary poll.
"Police came, one carrying weapons into the area, which is not supposed to happen, and then a kind of humorous thing happened where local TV stations came and there was what we considered mock interviews, where the party's regional representatives denounced us one after another in front of the TV cameras," Kennedy said.
Members' passports were taken by police and the group was temporarily stripped of its observer status, Kennedy said, adding that he felt a palpable feeling of hostility from authorities. ... Kennedy said the group has already observed major flaws in the voting process.
"There are extra ballots being distributed," said Kennedy. ...
Full article here.
Let's just hope voter apathy in Ukraine isn't so bad that the citizenry will just roll over and let the slide continue.
Update: Canadian journalist Mark MacKinnon also weighs in on his blog with some interesting observations.