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Saturday, November 27, 2004
 
CNN.com - Mystery surrounds Yushchenko ailment - Nov 25, 2004
Sushi can do this? Somehow, I doubt it. The question is, if something happens to Yushchenko (God Forbid!), what then?
And has anybody heard from the Kremlin? Given that Yushchenko's rise to power would inevitably change the dynamics of of the old-Soviet (or, CIS, if you prefer) bloc, where Russia has seen a constant waning of its influence with the Baltic and Balkan states moving towards NATO. And now, Ukraine - arguably, the second most important of the Soviet states. Worse still, souring of Moscow's relations with Kiev would also affect Russia's influence in Moldova, and may force Russia to pull out of the Transnistrian region there, something Russia will not be very pleased with.

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