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When it comes to corruption, bribery and tax evasion in Ukraine, Andriy Stelmashchuk believes lawyers are part of the problem.

They should, instead, be part of the solution, according to the managing partner of Vasil Kisil & Partners, one of Kyiv’s leading law firms.

That is one reason why he might run for president of the Ukrainian Bar Association, which claims to unite 6,000 legal professionals in the nation, including lawyers. The election will be held in June. Current president Denys Bugay cannot seek re-election because he has reached the two-term limit.

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I don't know him and if what he is saying is sincere I hope he wins. There needs to be an ingrained belief system that there is "right" and "wrong" not just for lawyers but for all of society. Ukraine is a very wealthy country with all the potential to be a successful democracy one day, however this will only happen if Ukrainians unite and change the behavior.

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