#Commentary of Valery Skorokhodov on European dilemma for Poroshenko
The EU criticizes Ukraine once again and criticizes sharply. This was reported by Deutsche Welle. The reason is well-known and it is unwillingness to fight corruption. The representatives of Ukraine reported on a situation in the European Parliament and the absence of clear timeline for the establishment of anti-corruption court was precisely what annoyed them.
The European Commissioner Johannes Khan expressed concern that there were still no court judgments in the cases of senior government officials resulting from investigations conducted by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. Therefore he called for the establishment of High Anti-Corruption Court in accordance with the recommendations of the Venice Commission.
The Co-chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of the Ukraine – European Union Association Dariusz Rosati was quite short: ʺWe have already been waiting for the establishment an anti-corruption court for a year and we have heard today that it will take one more yearʺ.
Indeed, Poroshenko was holding off on the establishment of this special authority all last year and it seems like he is going to continue making a fool of the EU. It is hard to imagine that Poroshenko himself creates a mechanism that destroys a scheme for his own enrichment resulting from corruption. In case of independent judicial process, all officials from the Ukrainian president’s circle will be handed a sentence. He is under suspicion himself: foreign press wrote about corruption schemes that involved affiliated with Poroshenko agencies.
Apart from the fact that western “partners” of Ukraine tell Ukrainian authority what to do, they have the opinion of the population. The Research Centre of the International Republican Institute, headed by John McCain, had held an opinion poll, which showed that corruption situation had gotten worse after “Maidan”. A number of respondents, who agree, reaches 55% in some cities of Ukraine. Generally speaking, a number of people, who say that bribes either increased or remained to be the same, constitutes an absolute majority in any regional centre of Ukraine.
European politicians call into question receiving of the next tranche of the IMF depending on timeline of the establishment of the anti-corruption court. Poroshenko has a dilemma: to plunder Ukraine’s budget without fear or let the sword of Damocles hang over his head and receive funds from the IMF, which means greater opportunities for corruption. Something tells me that Poroshenko’s insatiable appetites will be his undoing.
Valery Skorokhodov, the DPR People’s Council deputy