Turns out that doctors in Vienna have confirmed that Yushchenko was poisoned. They found “high concentrations of dioxon — most likely orally administered.” His facial disfigurement is likely permanent, but he’s still alive.
Apparently, this hasn’t been the only attempt to kill the upstart challenger. The night before the election, police found a car parked outside his headquarters loaded with two kilograms of special plastic explosives, along with a remote-control detonator. Two Russians were later arrested.
Now we’ll just have to wait and see what the results of the new election will be. It’s scheduled for a “do-over” on December 26.