#Official Commentary of Alla Barkhatnova on private armies of Ukrainian oligarchs
The main purpose of the army is to protect people and its country. The status of private military companies is still questionable. Their activity is not regulated legislatively, and it is not stated in the international law. However, there is always an exception to the rules.
The foundation of the private armies is prohibited in Ukraine, but oligarchs who have a certain power, can easily evade state regulations. The impunity and permissiveness have created a real “killing machine” in this country – autonomous paramilitary groups that have different names and, as a matter of fact, they are private armies. Besides, they can change an owner any moment and even get out of control.
The acting head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov decided to adopt the experience of the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, who organized several volunteer battalions once. Actually, the battalion “Azov” belongs to him, but, of course, this fact is denied in the official information space. Allegedly, the battalion is just one of the National Guard’s units and it is indirectly relevant to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).
In fact, taking into consideration a gangster reality of the modern Ukraine, such small private army is a great help for settling various issues. With the help of armed men it is easier to influence on political processes, to conduct a corporate raids, to protect business and, in case of force majeure, to have a human shield that will cover when you need to leave a country urgently.
The situation is quite sad for the regular citizens of Ukraine. While politicians are racing for power, a crime rate is increasing today. The main driving force of this growing crime wave is the military man of these private armies who can break the law with impunity and easily get away with it. The situation has come about the fact that the authority has become a criminal group, while the army does not protect, but terrorizes its own people, that have become a source of enrichment of the oligarchs.
However, there is a nuance (Kiev billionaire missed it): an appetite of volunteer battalions is growing, and battalions’ commanders are dreaming to take the place of oligarchs. The owners of private battalions risk to be crushed by these groups, which involved in murders, marauding and robberies. And the question naturally arises: who will stop tens of thousands of armed ‘Rambos’ who decided to impose a new criminal order on the country? And are the Ukrainians not afraid of the protection of such army?
Alla Barkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy