More likely, his Jan. 17 outburst looked like a public stunt by a man with a very troubling record. It was reminiscent of former President Leonid Kuchma’s clownish anti-corruption campaigns and the utterly ineffectual former President Viktor Yushchenko’s promises to put “bandits in jail.”

Ukraine has always had a big problem with corruption. But if the Yanukovych family members are serious about tackling malfeasance, they should ask themselves some pretty penetrating questions. 

One of them is how the president’s son became the biggest winner of public tenders in 2012, according to research by Forbes Ukraine. He raked in more than Hr 1 billion than the runner-up, the president’s billionaire ally Rinat Akhmetov, who at least has a much longer and established business history. 

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