Obviously, this is yet another sector ripe for reform.

Voters deserve to know in who is bankrolling their politicians because such knowledge will help them decide whose interests are being served from the cozy seats of the Verkhovna Rada. Thus, civic activists talk about the need for new election legislation. Changes must be made, they say, to limit spending and oblige parties and candidates to report their sources of money early, honestly and often. 

Setting limits on advertising budgets and revealing the names of donors are  reasonable prices to pay for a democratic society, and will increase transparency and hopefully lead to a more accountable, diverse and able parliament – and one that is not controlled by gray eminences. 

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