His demotion or transfer is widely seen as a bone thrown to the West to signal that President Viktor Yanukovych is serious about making the criminal justice system – from police to prosecutors to judges – more independent and trustworthy.
But Kuzmin, the hyper-aggressive prosecutor, wasn’t the problem. He embodied the problem and became the nation’s leading symbol of prosecutorial excess. But he simply worked the Frankenstein-like system for the benefit of his political masters.
The problem, as just about everyone who has looked at the judicial system has concluded, is that politicians don’t want to give up their powers to throw their enemies in prison and insulate their friends – and themselves – with a thick coat of legal impunity so they can continue to plunder and kill if they want.