I was reading The American Interest this morning (if you don’t read this site, you definitely should because it’s really good) and stumbled across this article on Ukraine. In it, the author talks about the sad future of Ukraine. The analysis was sorely lacking in one important area, though, so I felt the need to leave this comment. (I feel unbelievably pretentious quoting myself, but there you go.)
There is one reason and one reason only why Ukraine has so many problems that are unlikely to be resolved soon, and that reason is corruption. The entire system is corrupt: bribery is rampant, and there’s no political will to enact real reform that would modernize the country.
That’s why I get frustrated with Westerners when they condemn Yanukovych. Yes, he was corrupt, but do you really not think Tymoshenko, Yushchenko, Poroshenko, Yatsenyuk, and others are, too? Sure, Yanukovych had that ridiculous residence—but have you seen where Tymoshenko lives? Have you seen Yatsenyuk’s mansion? Yatsenyuk is forty years old, yet he has more money than most of us reading this website will ever have in our entire lives.
Sorry for the longish rant, but I just get really frustrated sometimes when people act like these revolutions in Ukraine are a wonderful thing.
What do you think, readers? Why does Ukraine have so many problems?