But he’s going to have to do more than the dramatic partial step toward justice and humanity he took by pardoning on April 7 two allies of imprisoned ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
He will have to free Tymoshenko as well. And he will have to show by the end of May to the EU that he is not only ending political persecution, but making progress on creating an independent judiciary and improving election laws to ensure democratic contests in the future. I don’t see much tangible progress on those fronts, at least in the next two months.
It’s much easier to give Yanukovych credit for the freedom of ex-Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and ex-Ecology Minister Heorhiy Filipchuk, two of six prisoners set free by Yanukovych in the same presidential pardon.