He strengthened presidential power, starting legal proceedings against Yushchenko’s former ally, ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and other oppositionists. Local elections in the autumn of 2010 showed many defects, and Ukrainian freedom of the press, much praised since the Orange Revolution, came under pressure again.
Yanukovych argues that the concentration of power is necessary in order to introduce much-needed reforms. According to critics, however, so far these reforms have failed to occur. They predict that by his aspired "Putinisation" of Ukraine, Yanukovych might provoke another popular movement.
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