We need to face the fact that for 20 years Ukraine has lived under an unspoken social agreement on the joint looting (along with the state) of the Soviet Union’s heritage. People at the top were allowed to steal billions, those in the middle got millions, and those at the bottom stole things like scrap metals from long-abandoned factories.
This happened throughout the whole country. Viktor Yanukovych is the clearest personification of the gangster-like essence of the social agreement that has caused Ukraine to fall victim to cynical pillage. Today, now that all the assets have been stolen, the system is grinding to a halt, and what was once stolen has to be stolen again to continue the violation of the unspoken social agreement.
The drivers of this process are law enforcers and courts that act with complete impunity. Thus, alongside robbery in the name of the ruling family (people close to the president), this refuse, dressed in police uniforms and robes of judges, practices criminal acts to satisfy its own interests and instincts.