Funny caption (which appeared in the 20 February issue), but is it true? As Matthew Sussex pointed out on Monday:
Moscow routinely interferes in Ukrainian affairs because it has no wish to see Kiev gravitate too close to either NATO or the EU...But Viktor Yanukovych, the ousted Ukrainian president, was no Kremlin puppet. In fact, Moscow had given up on him due to his tendency to play the West and Russia off against each other. As Dmitri Trenin at the Carnegie Moscow Centre has noted, Yanukovych let Russia down so many times that Moscow saw him as a highly unreliable partner.