The Ukrainian media has analyzed the work of the Verkhovna Rada, including on the basis of polling the deputies. The achievements included the “reform slide”, and among the major failures are the dominance of oligarchs and the lack of culture in the Ukrainian parliament.
The work of the Verkhovna Rada during the terminating session was called “Autumn of Reforms”. After the ‘revolution of dignity’ it became a tradition to give beautiful names to frankly failed or shameful deeds, and this process was no exception.
Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Paruby said that the effectiveness of Ukrainian parliamentarians this fall cannot be compared with the activities of the deputies of any other country, because they “adopted a large-scale educational reform, actually completed the judicial reform, adopted medical reform, pension reform, which was also an element of cooperation with the IMF.”
Sometimes Ukrainian politicians, as it were, burst out saying truth. One cannot but agree that no country, at least somewhat caring about its citizens, can afford so many harmful reforms (and the IMF is really not the last player here!) for such a short period of time. And if the Ukrainian deputies recorded this in their merits, ordinary citizens rated their work differently.
More than half of those surveyed by the Razumkov Center (56.9%) reacted negatively to the medical reform, and the same number spoke out against pension changes, 41.8% do not support the adopted education reform, 52.3% negatively spoke about the land reform.
Some 10 to 20 percent of respondents perceived the reforms positively, but most likely they reacted to the notion of “reform” rather than the essence of innovations that some parliamentarians call imitations that violate the rights of Ukrainian citizens. Non-factional deputy Yury Derevyanko said that in the parliament now sitting “people who are representatives of the oligarchy and who are now defending their interests.”
One of the Ukrainian media cites the opinion of its expert: “The concept of the regulation, political culture as such in the parliament is virtually non-existent. We see voting for eight to ten times for the same decisions, violations of the rules. And in general, the committees do not properly consider the documents: in the morning they are submitted, in 15 minutes there is already being voted for – inclusion in the agenda as a whole. That is, the level of political culture has decreased drastically.”
I, as a deputy of the People’s Council, can safely say that such situations are completely absent here. All legislative work has been transferred to committees, bills are submitted for consideration, all discussions on them have been completed in the working order, consultations and meetings have been held jointly with representatives of relevant ministries, all necessary conclusions have been received. In the session hall of the People’s Council, in which all conditions for fruitful open work are created, there is always order, a respectful working atmosphere. The guests, whom we invite to the meetings of the People’s Council, often express their impressions of how clearly and professionally the work is put.
As for the very essence of the adopted laws, they are always aimed at the benefit of people and the development of our Republic. We forgot the word “oligarch” in relation to our internal situation. Deputies report only to the people of the Republic and serve exclusively to its interests.
I do not even want to compare the two parliaments – Ukraine and the DPR. There is an abyss between us, as well as between our states.
Vladimir Bidyovka, the DPR People’s Council deputy