Some information from a Yanukovych stronghold sounds hopeful. It looks like a couple of local police in Dnieper-Petrovsk were arrested the other day for selling 13-15 year old girls into the sex slave trade. These girls ended up in Moscow. This sort of thing is a scandal in this area of the world but they might just as well have ended up in Japan, Western Europe or the US.
These guys were nabbed though and 19 of the girls were returned to their families. (I am not sure if that is all of them.) The thing that may end up being the second most significant thing about this is that the families had lodged complaints with local police officials but they said the complaints were ignored. The fact that something has now been done about and these guys nabbed could mean that the stranglehold on at least this area by corrupt interests has cracked or is being broken. If this is true, that would be very good news and a testament to the election of Yuschenko. I hope this is what it means.