Foreign Policy: Ukraine still ruled by money

A few weeks ago, Ukrainian President Poroshenko published in the Wall Street Journal article, which praised his achievements in office. First and foremost was the assertion that his government has made progress in dealing with the legacy of “20-plus years of the Soviet-style, widespread corruption, nepotism and inefficient policies.” He referred to the efforts to create a new police force, which is hoping to Poroshenko, will be free of deep-rooted corruption. He spoke about the measures taken to reform the judiciary, which has long been plagued by bribery, and boasted of its success in attracting work of “young reformers” from abroad, who have become “new faces” in the government.

But most importantly, he announced a new approach to public administration, which, according to Poroshenko, will attend the openness and accountability to citizens. “Today, after the holding of free, fair, highly regarded in the world of the election - he wrote - the Ukrainian leadership is transparent and accountable as never before.”

It all sounded so good that I decided to check the president for his promises. I was particularly intrigued by his statement that “over the past year has been convicted for corruption 2702 the former director and officer.” If so, his government can not be no reason to hide the details. Equally startling figures - a remarkable achievement. (It should be noted that criminal trials in Ukraine, as in most countries, are usually open to the public.)

Yet, when I asked for a list of the presidential administration condemned, I refused. I wanted to know why, and I was told that these names are “secret.” So much for the vaunted openness to Ukraine after euromaidan.

Unfortunately, this reluctance to allow carefully examine persistently advertised Poroshenko reform is very revealing. The president is under intense pressure, it pressured Washington to Brussels, the international financial institutions and, of course, the citizens of Ukraine, which require that he fulfilled his promises of reform and reduce corruption. However, the change of the name of the main law enforcement agency of Ukraine with the “militia” to “police” does not by itself lead to dramatic transformations in the bloated, corrupt and incompetent Ministry of the Interior. Similarly, any positive headlines can not hide the fact that the presidential campaign for the fight against corruption at an impasse, and today 72% of Ukrainians believe their country is going in the wrong direction. As an example, they cite the conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east and corruption, calling them the main problems facing Ukraine.

26 August 2015

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