#Commentary of Elena Melnick on ineffectiveness of anti-corruption court in Ukraine

For the fourth consecutive year, the President of Ukraine has been promising to ruthlessly fight corruption with the help of an anti-corruption court. Under pressure of the West, Poroshenko promised to create a long-awaited judicial instance in the shortest possible time, literally before the end of the year.

Attempts to form an anti-corruption body have already been made. But, initially they were going to confine themselves to the creation of anti-corruption chambers in existing courts, but this method did not provide for the independent selection of judges. Of course, such chambers would only serve to keep up appearances in the fight against corruption.

Therefore, the EU and IMF pressed their point, hoping that the anti-corruption court could save Ukraine from a shameful phenomenon. The European Union even expressed their willingness to assist the Ukrainian authorities in establishing such a court, including assisting in the process of selecting the judges, if necessary. Poroshenko had to concede.

In early October, the Venice Commission made public an opinion on draft law on the establishment of anti-corruption courts in Ukraine. The experts did not support the introduction of an extensive system of anti-corruption chambers. They also criticized bill No. 6011 “on anti-corruption courts”, which had been recently withdrawn from the Verkhovna Rada. It was stated that the way was being cleared for the Poroshenko’s version of the bill.

The European partners of Ukraine do not take into account that no matter what the anti-corruption authority in that country is, it will not be able to prevent the corrupt process, but it will lead it, as usual.

Therefore, there is no need to worry about the version of the anti-corruption legislation: everything will be as always as long as a corrupt criminal power is at the head of Ukraine. It is strange that Europe has not yet understood this.

Elena Melnick, the DPR People’s Council deputy

The official website of the DPR People’s Council

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