Vox Populi with Brian Bonner: What could Yanukovych do to signal a better investment climate?

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Feb. 2, 2012, 9:35 p.m. | Vox Populi — by Brian Bonner


Brian Bonner

Brian Bonner has served as the chief editor of the Kyiv Post since 2008. He also held the job in 1999, three years after first arriving in Ukraine to teach journalism. Bonner is a veteran American journalist who spent most of his professional life with the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, where he covered international, national and local news during a 20-year career in which he was a staff writer and an assigning editor. For American newspapers, he has reported from abroad in Russia, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Laos. Bonner left the St. Paul newspaper in 2007 to become the associate director of international communications at the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids in Washington, D.C. He also worked as a member of the core teams with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe during six election observation missions: Ukraine in 1999 and 2002, Belarus in 2000 and 2001, Turkmenistan in 2013 and Kazakhstan in 2004. To contact: email, Facebook at, Twitter @BSBonner, Skype at brian.bonner1959.

The Kyiv Post attended the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine’s annual members' appreciation reception on Jan. 31 at the InterContinental Hotel. We asked: What could President Viktor Yanukovych do tomorrow to signal a better investment climate? Vox Populi is not only in print, but also online at with different questions. If you have a question that you want answered, e-mail the idea to

Daniel Bilak,

“Stop the stealing. I worked inside the government for 10 years. I know how the system works better than most Ukrainians. It’s a rich country and it’s very easy to steal from. Ukrainians have proven themselves amenable to manipulation.”

Ivan Mishch­chenko,
“A complete reform of litigation is needed so foreign investors can trust Ukrainian courts. I want the judges to be independent or elected, just like in America.”

Alexandra Globina,
real estate

“Of course, release Yulia Tymoshenko. It’s not fair. He should make some changes with social policy, improve the pensions, so people could be more comfortable in the country. He should improve transparency in lending, documents and ownership.”

Roman Zaika,
insurance broker analyst

“I believe the future of politics belongs to a fresh generation with fresh ideas. Either Sergiy Tigipko or Arseniy Yatseniuk. They came from the old system, but they have a new way of thinking.

Oleksandr Bytsko,
travel agent

“Everybody should live according to the law. Everybody. It’s never happened in my life.”
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