"Ukraine Election Crisis Erupts," Nov. 23: It is important for the world to have objective news about what is happening in the post-Soviet states, which are struggling with the establishment of democracy and national identities. Regardless of what we may think of President Bush, we thank him for sending Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) as an observer, and congratulate the U.S. for its principled stand on the elections in Ukraine. With regard to the story, I would only suggest that Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich is not really "particularly popular" in eastern regions of Ukraine. A twice-convicted criminal who has lined his own pockets and wields an authoritative hand would not be popular as a political leader anywhere. It is simply that he can exercise the maximum administrative authority (read: abuse of power) in his native region.