Torn technocrat

Ukraine's prime minister, Mykola Azarov.

From the first moment of his premiership in March 2010, Mykola Azarov made clear how bleakly he saw Ukraine’s predicament. “Even the prime minister’s official automobile doesn’t work,” Azarov said, seated in front of ministers and a group of reporters at his cabinet’s first meeting. “A small example, but how can there be any order in Ukraine if the prime minister’s automobile doesn’t work?”

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