(Ukraine) - '..now that they have started throwing off their Soviet past..'

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'..now that they have started throwing off their Soviet past, they will eventually step clear of it..'

<blockquote>'In 2014, the Ukrainian people once again demonstrated that they have self-respect, share European values and intend to build a better future. However, they have made very little progress along the European path in the 18 months since. Virtually nothing has been done to find the billions of dollars stolen under the previous government and even the widely advertised law on lustration has done little to push senior officials away from the "feeding trough" of government funds.

Functionaries who served under Yanukovych have begun returning to Kiev and many of the oligarchs who financed the separatists in the east have not paid in any way for their actions. It seems that the only "wildly committed" anti-corruption fighter left is former Georgian President turned Odessa region Governor Mikheil Saakashvili — who has not become too "Ukrainianized" to root out graft.

As the economy worsens, the government is busy restructuring its debt rather than recovering stolen funds, improving the investment climate or waging a real fight against bureaucracy and corruption.


Of course, now that Ukraine has embarked on the path of Westernization, it will doubtless continue in the same direction. The ideals expressed in 2004-05 have not faded and the victims of February 2014 will never be forgotten. More than one Maidan, more than one revolution and more than one period filled with new expectations await the country in the future. I do not worry about the future of the Ukrainian people: now that they have started throwing off their Soviet past, they will eventually step clear of it. There is no going back. If there were, the events of 2014 would not have followed those of 2004.'

- Vladislav Inozemtsev, A Struggling Ukraine Is Bad News for Russians, October 20, 2015</blockquote>


<blockquote>'..the failure of the institution of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to successfully fight internal corruption..'

'Ukraine's Sluggish Action On Reforms..'

'Russia .. has to withdraw from Ukraine to gain relief from Western sanctions..'</blockquote>