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You're reading: Brian Bonner: Allowing prosecution of Kuchma is acid test for whether Poroshenko will put national interests above his own

But for me, the acid test for President Petro Porshenko is whether he becomes the first president in Ukraine’s independent history to act in the national interest, rather than in his self-interest — as Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma, Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych did.

All four of his predecessors are responsible for the weakened state institutions, the endemic corruption and the cynical exploitation of separatist impulses. They were not deserving of the Ukrainian people, in my estimation.

Poroshenko could change all that, but to do so, he will have to rebel against the system of crony capitalism that made him a billionaire. A lot of people are skeptical. Let’s hope he finds the moral strength to do so. 

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