#Commentary of Vladimir Bidyovka on Poroshenko’s desire to recover damage for Donbass and Crimea from Russia

Petro Poroshenko wrote on his official page in Facebook that he had initiated the establishment of a special body on the formulation of claims against Russia to allegedly recover damage it had caused in Donbass and Crimea. The President of Ukraine refers to an adopted law on “reintegration” of Donbass, in which such a body is contained.

Let us try to understand, what the point of establishing of the body, which decisions will not be takes seriously, is. At first blush, one would think that it is established to create media noise and reap political dividends in the form of popular votes. Nevertheless, the financial side still exists.

Most recently, Kiev have rejoiced about the decision of the Stockholm arbitration court, which took the side of Naftagaz in dispute with the Russian Gazprom. This decision caused more problems for Ukraine than good, however, it became a means to seriously increase income for the top managers of Naftogaz.

The supervisory council of Naftogaz agreed to pay rewards in the total amount of $46 million to 41 company’s employees, and the Chairman of the Board Andrey Sobolev received $7.9 million. Such a sharp increase in the welfare level of Naftogaz managers perplexed even a premier Groysman, who stated that he was concerned about the size of the rewards. However, Naftogaz replied that it had no intention to change its decision. After that, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau opened an investigation for an article on abuse of authority in connection with receiving of the rewards by the Chairman of the Board and employees of the National Joint Stock Company “Naftogaz” for “victory” in the Stockholm arbitration court. Beside the point, Naftogaz never received money as a result of a dispute with Gazprom, but its employees did. Moreover, Naftogaz currently wants reconciliation in order to prolong a gas transit contract.

The practice of judicial proceedings between Russia and Ukraine has not yet brought Kiev anything but expenses and additional problems. For instance, Russia has recently won a dispute with Ukraine because of restrictions places on the export of railway cars and railroad switches. It is very likely that a new body will be established to increase the welfare of its members. And, of course, they will have to share their rewards for imaginary victory with Poroshenko.

Vladimir Bidyovka, the DPR People’s Council deputy

The official website of the DPR People’s Council

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