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This is the basic role and responsibility that media should fulfill as the “fourth branch of government,” and TVi does it well. But this runs contrary to the authoritarian oligarchy envisioned by President Viktor Yanukovych and his crony backers.  

It should also not surprise anyone that the seizure of documents at TVi by tax officials happened despite repeated pledges not to touch mass media ahead of the October parliamentary election. Their words and pledges are worth nothing at this point.

Tax officials are likely to find violations at any company or investor that dares to swim in Ukraine’s muddy business waters. But instead of fixing the system through legislative reforms that would allow business to operate freely and “legally,” Yanukovych’s ruling coalition is busy polarizing voters with language laws and opening up loopholes for fellow cronies. 

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