Signs Of The Times

In the land of the blind, the old saying has it, the one-eyed man is king. In a country intimidated into silence, a signer for the deaf was among the first to speak out. Not that Natalya Dmitruk, 48, planned it that way in the fall of 2004, when she worked as a signer for the Ukrainian state-run television station UT-1. The runoff for the presidential elections had just taken place, and the tightly controlled TV broadcasters were reporting that outgoing President Leonid Kuchma's favored candidate, Viktor Yanukovych, had beaten challenger Viktor Yushchenko. But evidence was mounting that the vote was...

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