No, this doesn't refer to the puppets running for election in Ukraine - although the irony of auctioning puppets of Ukrainian political figures is obviously not lost on anyone.
I was just too amused with this, given that each party in Ukraine seems to accuse the others of being puppets for some outside interest. However, these puppets are made from papier-mache instead of flesh and blood.
The photos I show here are from TASSPHOTO (obviously) but there are some others here as well. I was looking for information regarding what the charity event supported, but haven't yet found a detailed news article regarding the auction. I'm very curious which puppet fetched the highest price - I'm guessing the Yulia Tymoshenko.
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