Music and vodka as the tension simmers

On the ground floor of the central railway station in Kiev, the orangemen, supporters of the Ukraine's opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko, number many thousands.

4th December, 2004

On the ground floor of the central railway station in Kiev, the orangemen, supporters of the Ukraine's opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko, number many thousands. On the floor above, the blue opposition of prime minister Viktor Yanukovych have recently arrived in town.

The two groups are diametrically opposed in their political thinking and beliefs. The orangemen are better equipped with their mattresses, food, blankets and music. Their counterparts have little more than their pride; these are...

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