A Mafia State? Western donors and lenders have stuck a huge chunk of money extracted from their taxpayers into Ukraine to help its fledgling new government to survive. It is open to question how democratic this new government really is. For instance, following the introduction of the so-called ‘lustration law’, approximately 1 million Ukrainian citizens are legally barred from participating in politics, reportedly on account of past transgressions. One could well see this as an attempt to deal with the corrupt past, but the intentions of the law seem dubious due the fact that those affected by ‘lustration’ are to a man opponents of the current government.
Moreover, the reportedly free and fair elections that were held after the coup were marred by the fact that would-be contenders who could have been regarded as a supporters of the ethnic Russian population in the East were all excluded from participation (this was before the introduction of the lustration law). In addition to that, it was obviously not possible for residents of the territories held by the separatists to actually vote in the election. Not that they seem particularly interested in Ukrainian elections anymore. As far as we can tell, the civil war has bred so much hate among civilians who were unable or unwilling to flee from the Donbass, that most of them no longer regard their region as a part of Ukraine.
Petro Poroshenko, ‘our inside man in Ukraine’.
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This post was published at Acting-Man on March 26, 2015.