"We Knew The Country Was in Bad Shape"

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A leader of Ukraine's Orange Revolution, Yuliya Tymoshenko, 44, has been a successful businesswoman and a political prisoner. Now she's the country's new Prime Minister. She spoke to TIME's Yuri Zarakhovich at her office in the Cabinet building in Kiev.

Is the Orange Revolution a model for other countries in Russia's "near abroad"?
The Orange Revolution stands for the faith of the people in their own strength. The dejection in post-Soviet — and not just post-Soviet — countries was bred by the feeling that the people couldn't change anything in politics....

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