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You're reading: Anna Lachykhina: Who is responsible for democratizing Ukraine?

What is more important for a country in
transition towards democratization – development of a civil society or economic growth fostered by the government? Is it acceptable when a country
implements reforms, which ensure economic prosperity but sacrifice respect to
human rights, which are the basics of democratic society? In Ukraine, both
conditions are absent – there is no economic growth and no respect of human
rights.

Having freedom indicators according to
Freedom House 3.5 (partially free) in 2013 and being identified in human
rights record by the Human Rights Watch in 2013 as “poor,” a huge financial
direct support provided by the international donors to Ukrainian government
doesn’t change the situation for better. Funds aimed at democratic reforms are
used for corrupted strategies; policies are developed to satisfy interests of
political and business groups, lack of professionalism among journalists and
indifference of the society eliminates political accountability – all of this
consolidates the regime.

That is why it is very important for
Ukrainians to realize that direct support to the government as the immediate
cure for procrastination of democratization is a false assumption and
reconsider the essential importance of supporting journalists, media and
grassroots civil society to foster this process instead.

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