#Commentary of Ekaterina Martyanova on desperate attempts of Ukrainian officials to legitimize corruption
In fact, the chairman of the Donetsk regional military-civil administration Pavel Zhebrivsky boasted of a legal bribe when he declared a ‘material aid’ in the amount of 1 050 000 hryvnia, received from a large producer of pharmaceuticals – the company “Farmak”.
It’s no secret that by virtue of his official position, Zhebrivsky can have a significant impact on the choice of contractor for the supply of medicines to the region, and thus, he just released data about his own corruption.
Ukrainian officials are starting to realize that partners from the EU and the IMF are not going tolerate their irrepressible dishonesty for long, so they begin to awkwardly mask their thievery. Although this is unlikely to be able to protect them from responsibility to their Western masters in the future.
Pressure from international structures on Ukrainian corrupt officials is growing. The Kiev authorities have already ignored the deadline, which the IMF had established to create an independent anti-corruption court. Poroshenko and his team are trying their best to delay the implementation of anti-corruption reforms until the next election. But the patience of Western curators can run out at any moment. Therefore, in order to cover up their corrupt activities, representatives of the Ukrainian authorities are beginning to form clumsily in such a way as Zhebrivsky.
However, the way they do it, trying to give their actions a semblance of legality, takes the form of insolent permissiveness. In fact, it looks as if, if declaring a bribe, the adoption of this kind of ‘material assistance’ will become a legitimate act. Among ordinary people this behavior causes only an ever growing aversion to the Ukrainian regime.
Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy