On January 30, the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures (MONEYVAL) published a report on Ukraine, which recommended amending its legislation so that the fight against corruption would become effective. The report stresses that corruption and shadow economy “make the country particularly vulnerable”.
Once again Europe pointed out to Ukraine the need to combat the embezzlement of budget funds and crime in economy. The report says that money disappear in Ukraine. Of course, one could laugh at the fact that the European organization devoted a whole report to its failure, but alas, the economic situation in Ukraine is such that laughter turns out to be either evil or hysterical.
Thus, according to the Ukrainian media, Ukraine’s national debt for a year exceeded 2 trillion hryvnias, and foreign trade deficit rose to almost $7 billion. The debts of citizens of Ukraine for utilities have mounted, and now they are estimated in billions – this is a vivid indicator of the economic situation in the country. The population has no opportunity to make basic payments – and this is enough to draw a conclusion about the level of life in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, following the report of the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures, the IMF complements the requirements for Ukraine reminding that the next tranche will not be held until the Verkhovna Rada accepts the “Anti-corruption” law and gas prices are not set at the level of market. Given that the population’s debt for gas amounts to 12.4 billion hryvnias, further growth will be the most obvious scenario.
It is worth remembering a ridiculous situation with purchase of the Russian gas and in what it resulted to Kiev. Thus, the former Head of the Financial Monitoring Department of the Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense Maxim Goldarb estimates these losses to about a billion dollars. But Poroshenko was able to show off to voters-nationalists, saying about “getting off the gas needle of Russia”.
However, statements that nationalistic and pseudo patriotism covers corruption and theft have become a common phenomenon even in the Ukrainian press. The Ukrainian authorities have long ceased to pay attention not only to internal criticism, but also to international public opinion. Let us see what the reaction will be to the next report and the next directions to Ukraine from the Council of Europe this time. Whether the Ukrainian government will listen this time or will employ a well-honed strategy: blithely ignore criticism.
Vladimir Bidyovka, the DPR People’s Council deputy