Apparently, the BBC is reporting that the Russians are involved in this whole shortage of gasoline business to teach Yuschenko a lesson. And they might be. The problem though is that it would be a lot better case if the government hadn't stepped in with price controls. Price controls can create these kinds of shortages.
The Russians should be blamed for a number of things but the case ought to be better than this one to blame them for this. To see them as the cause of all the trouble doesn't seem to me to be the best kind of policy. At the very least, it won't win over the East.