Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Most Entertaining Parliament on Earth

Foreign Policy's blog Passport linked to the above video in a post today about "Fisticuffs, smoke bombs and eggs: just another day in Ukraine's parliament." Read it here.

I visited the Rada once a few years ago while in Kiev to deliver training to a local security service. One day we toured the Parliament, and my escort took me to the floor to watch the show for a bit while someone served us brandy in teacups. I think the members must have been having a slow day, since I don't recall anything going on other than yelling and booing, but there was a definite Animal House feel. One of the local security guys had James Brown's "I Feel Good" as the ring tone on his cell phone, which pretty much sums the place up.

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