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You're reading: Taras Kuzio: A kleptocratic coalition of clans has captured the Ukrainian state

Is the glass half full or half empty? Indeed, is this debate irrelevant because the glass has been long stolen?

There are certainly two notable improvements in the fight against corruption Ukraine since the Euromaidan. The first is that Ukrainians and civil society are more politically mature than they were after the Orange Revolution. Then, revolutionaries and civil society activists went home and left the task of transforming Ukraine to the new ‘good czar’ Viktor Yushchenko. We all remember what a disaster he was. After the Euromaidan Revolution this did not happen and Ukrainian patriots, journalists and civil society activists have continued to participate, cajole, lobby and write about Ukraine’s reforms or the lack of them. President Petro Poroshenko and other members of the ruling elites are less politically mature than the average Ukrainian taxi driver who can tell you what, when and who stole what and what should be done about it.

The second is through pressure from Ukrainians and the West, new institutions and processes have been created that could over time improve the rule of law and reduce high-level corruption. E-declarations forced ruling elites to disclose embarrassingly large and exotic sums they had stolen during a quarter of Ukrainian independence.

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