#Commentary of Ekaterina Martyanova on new round of anti-corruption scandal in Ukraine
The struggle of factions within the Ukrainian government, the pressure of American curators, the IMF’s threats – this is the informational background of the Ukrainians’ life. Another round of scandal was the removal of Sobolev from the post of the head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Combating Corruption. The Ukrainian press reports that this was done at Poroshenko’s personal request, since Sobolev refused to appoint a NABU auditor loyal to the president of Ukraine.
The EU response was immediate. As soon as the draft resolution on Sobolev’s dismissal appeared, the head of the EU representation in Ukraine, Hugues Mingarelli, urged deputies not to vote for him. The Verkhovna Rada did not obey, thereby demonstrating that deputies don’t need even a bit of the real fight against corruption in Ukraine.
What is behind all these events? It is obvious that at first Poroshenko seemed a convenient candidate for the Western curators – obedient and manageable. Ukrainian oligarchs also sat well with him for the same reasons. However, after unending uncontrolled theft, the West wanted to understand where the money allocated for the reforms went, and initiated the creation of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. Here, the active resistance of NABU from the side of the Prosecutor General and the SBU was manifested.
Time will tell how this conflict will be resolved. But in any case, it will have the most destructive consequences for Ukraine.
Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy