A Thousand Little Revolutions
Ukraine’s Real Problem: Rampant Corruption
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  • Arkeygeezer

    Corruption and political chaos were Ukraine’s basic problems in the first place. The EU recognized this and backed away from Ukraine. The political leader of Ukraine then wanted to join with Russia in anther economic union. He was then thrown out of office by vested interests in western Ukraine. Things went downhill from there.

    The ultimate solution to the Ukraine problem is to have a plebiscite to determine which provinces of Ukraine want to join with Russia. Let the people decide, or let Putin plow on.

    • lukelea

      How about two independent countries, one predominantly Ukrainian speaking, the other Russian, it being understood that the eastern half will remain within the Soviet sphere of influence for the foreseeable future? I bet Putin could live with that. He has as much as said so.

      • Andrew Allison

        The problem with that is that, unlike in Crimea, Russian-speakers are actually a minority in Eastern Ukraine and a majority of even them oppose secession.

        • Duperray

          I don’t see how this could be exact: Shall a majority of population be opposed to separatism, pro-russian separatists would have been facing a non-russian speaking armed party fighting against them, and pro-russian party be eliminated fater two weeks fight even before Kiev troops arrive.
          I think we are all disinformed by too much mediatic propagandas…

  • lukelea

    The legacy of seventy years of Marxist-Leninist totalitarianism. We forget how totally corrupt the old Soviet Union became. We also forget that Ukraine was an integral part of the Soviet Union in a way that Poland, for example, wasn’t.

    • rheddles

      And thanks to Walter Duranty we never even knew about the Holomodor.

  • Nice piece of sorrowful head-shaking which also serves to avoid neatly the 800lb gorilla in the room – the role of the EU, the IMF and the US in fostering corruption through sweetheart deals with the kleptocracies of Timoshenko etc. As convenient as it may be to pretend that it was the Soviet era that did all the damage, the same thing is happening in the Ukraine as happened in Russia under dear Boris when the West pumped in the billions needed to ‘stabilize’ the economy – the wholesale looting of assets and resources by the oligarchs and a big sucking noise as the IMF’s ‘Cold War Loan’ disappears into elite bank accounts in Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg and the Caribbean. Meanwhile, the ordinary people of the Ukraine are being afflicted with Draghi-style, useless and damaging ‘austerity’; but just wait until they realise that all of this money being ‘lent’ by the EU and IMF is just going to prop up the German and Austrian banking systems which are heavily invested in the Ukraine, and that they, the citizenry, are going to be told to ‘eat cake’ by the EU’s Versailles-esque austerity reparations…

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