Kuzmin acknowledged the obvious: prosecutors wield too much power – of arrest, investigation, charging. Considering the 99 percent criminal conviction rate before judges (jury trials in this nation almost never happen), it appears also that prosecutors determined guilt simply by deciding whom to charge and for what.

The much-feared prosecutor, reviled by critics as a political henchman for his relentless prosecutions of President Viktor Yanukovych’s political opponents, says all will change under the new criminal procedure code that came into effect last November – replacing a Soviet-era code designed to monopolize power in the communist-appointed prosecutor’s office.

We hope so.

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