Why It Has Turned So Hard to Reform Ukraine? 3 Points27.02.2016
At least in terms of the economy, welfare and public politics. Ukraine has been an established democracy since 1994, when we had a first transfer of power from an incumbent defeated in the election to the leader of the opposition.
Ukraine has been a bustling market economy in 1999-2009, and recognized as such by the US and the EU in mid-2000s, consequently joining WTO in 2008. It looks useful to remind that Viktor Yanukovych has been elected our 4th President in a free and a highly competitive race with a 49%+ result. People’ve rationally chosen the what they deemed a lesser evil considering Ms Tymoshenko Cabinet record. Well, the elect proved out to be a what my professor from Budapest (originally Manchester) Chris Binns called it, a ‘crook’.
Mr Yanukovych has almost succeeded in derailing any democratic institutions and gaining control of any large property in our country. We, as a free nation, had therefore to overthrow his externally protofascist and internally neofeudal regime, what we actually did in a manner unusually spectacular to Western Europe long drown into its gray and boring technocracy.
All the above had no connection to anything Soviet in its nature, as we are not еven post-Soviet anymore. It was and is about modern organized crime taking over a government in a large European country with support of its Russian partners. But let me not expand into discussion of war matters at least here.
2. At some point the Bolshevik social experiment has interrupted and/or disrupted ‘natural’ progress of Ukrainian lands from late Enlighted Absolutism to a bourgeois society, culture and economy of roughly Western late 19th century. Seems like we’ve jump-started from there in 1991 let even upon an up-to-date technological stage. Due to new communication practices the tempo of historical events has quadrupled. Our Western partners therefore are unable to understand that our local reality corresponds now to their grandparents’ habitat when gangsters and populists competed democratically for political power, and only a comparatively small group of progressive liberals pushed the social development into a more humane future.
3. Thanks to social networks and the array of phenomena surrounding their rise those progressives are much more powerful than ever before. We are able to pressure the government, to influence legislative procedures, to enforce collective action in favor of our army withstanding Russian attacks in the East of our country and Russian brutal repression in the occupied Crimea. We here do lots by ourselves and the only thing we ask our Western partners and friends for is exactly the following — don’t get disappointed with us. We haven’t lost our faith facing machine guns of the Putin-Yanukovych gang mercenaries. We are fighting to overcome obstacles created by social laws themselves. And we believe that we will.