The years when out of the political spectrum most Ukrainians could distinguish only Communists and non-communists and paid little attention to politics are definitely behind us. After all, sine 2004 protests known as “Orange Revolution” most of us have been following the twists and turns of the domestic political game very closely. And, to be honest, the Ukrainian political drama sometimes gets very intense and it frequently has us glued to the TV screen or a computer monitor for hours (e.g. when Shuster LIVE is on!).
By now, however, a few years of such intense attention have turned our politicians into some sort of folklore characters that have managed to enter every household.
First of all, there’s an incredible amount of jokes, user-generated videos and photo collages circulated on- and offline – such as a recent YouTube video [ru] humoring President Yanukovych in a mix of official footage with parts of an old Soviet comedy.
Then, there are TV sitcoms and parodies, such as those created by Ukrainian version of "Bolshaya raznitsa" [ru] TV show or "Kvartal-95" [ru]comedy studio.
|"Bolshaya Raznitsa", "Victor Almighty" episode. |
Actors portray ex-President Victor Yushchenko and
current President Victor Yanukovych
|"Kvartal-95": an actress impersonates Yulia Tymoshenko|
|An actress plays Yulia Tymoshenko in a |
sitcom "Nedotorkani" (available only online).