Protectionism is rampant across the board, and so are the spectacles of corruption in Ukraine’s courts and in parliamentary bribery sagas, where the ruling majorities have been routinely formed by persuasive payoffs.
Where to go from here?
Abandoning all hope for a rapid change may be the first right step. A mass culture cannot be cleansed overnight. It is not simply a matter of rounding up “the bandits.” This culture permeates not only Ukraine. It is a Eurasian phenomenon that covers the entire space of the former Soviet Union, and is weaker – but it has not vanished — at its western edges. It is rooted in dishonesty and grotesque lies that are mostly obvious.