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You're reading: Lawlessness, writ large

The current fight in the Rada is not just for
personal voting, but for legitimacy as such. In the years of Viktor Yanukovych’s
rule as president, the state, like an asphalt compactor, rolled into the ground
first its own restricting institutions, and then the rest of those who stood on
the way.

At the same time, at every stage of greater
concentration of power, legitimacy got minimum attention: the majority in
parliament was formed not by the parties, but by renegades or “tushki.” The old
version of the Constitution was resurrected with breach of procedures, while
the Constitutional Court was rolling out doubtful rulings, and the required
laws were rubber-stamped by the parliament with not even half of the
pro-government deputies present.

The peak of this lawlessness came with
criminal cases against leaders of the opposition Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy
Lutsenko, which had so many procedural violations and open, cynical lawlessness
on behalf of investigators, judges and prosecutors right in front of TV cameras.
It became crystal clear that lawlessness has moved up from being just a tool to
punish the undesirables to becoming a new state ideology of President Yanukovych
and the authorities in general.

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