The United States is not Ukraine, so, I hope, we don't find ourselves living in interesting times.
1. Somewhat educated young people with no opportunities are a revolutionary class.
Between 1990 and 2006, as Ukraine's population declined, the number of students entering colleges shot up an unbelievable 60%
. According to another source, " The number of students enrolled in Ukrainian universities grew from 1.5 million in 2001, to 2.5 million in 2009-2011
." Towards the end of this period the student population consisted primarily of those born in the 1990's when fertility went through the floor
At the same time, the quality of education continued to decline. Ukrainian universities are not highly ranked, and that grades and diplomas are bought and sold is an open secret
. In 2006, 32% of recent college graduates were unemployed. Overall youth unemployment (ages 15-24) is 18.6%
. That the students and young people in general and are very active in protests is not surprising, but it helps to know their circumstances.
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(Ever wonder why Ukrainian women are so eager to bare their chests for the joy of media outlets across the world? Femen protest against sexual harassment in universities.)[/caption]