Time and again Ukraine is hit by outrageous cases of law enforcement officials committing crimes and walking free, at least initially. Or instances when mazhory, the children of the rich and powerful, abuse ordinary citizens with impunity. No aloof, abstract arguments about media freedoms or electoral legislation, no matter how valid, can elicit such a visceral reaction from people fed up with living in an unjust and unequal society.
Politically, it’s the lowest hanging-fruit there is. Everyone can understand the concept of holding law enforcement agencies accountable. Almost everyone has heard of instances of people they know falling victim to some kind of injustice.
Yet ready-made reform programs already exist, and it’s a campaign that can be run independently of track records. But this requires work – a sensible program, a proper campaign, and real efforts to mobilize the population – not just waiting for citizens to do the heavy lifting and then sweeping in and trying to look like a leader.