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

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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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