Thursday, April 19
Укр Eng
Log In Register
PoliticsNeighboursEconomicsSocietyCultureHistoryOpinionsArchivePhoto Gallery
2 February, 2018  ▪  Andriy Holub

A wolf in sheep’s clothing

In a recent poll, Razumkov Center, a sociology group, has found that 73% of Ukrainians fully or partly agree with the statement that political parties which spend a long time in power always have tainted reputation. So they only believe new political forces and their leaders

55% of Ukrainians are convinced that the country needs new faces. Add to this the lost trust in most state institutions, disapproval of various government branches, and frustration with the outcome of the Maidan, and the space for the appearance of new faces in Ukraine’s politics is as vast as never before.

In the meantime, the Kremlin’s desire to use the conflicting points inside Ukraine against it is not a myth. It is one of the key threats after Russia was stopped on the military and economic fronts.

In this situation, average residents find themselves in a state of confusion: on the one hand, they risk blindly playing into the interest of the enemy. On the other hand, they can turn into silent observers of clumsy and harmful actions of Ukraine’s current political elite. 2018 is the last year before the 2019 elections, and the last chance for a potential new leader to come to the scene and have enough time to gain political weight. The Ukrainian Week has tried to figure out what kind of a leader this could be and which of his or her actions can be risky for Ukraine. The criteria presented in this image are not exhaustive, and each taken individually does not necessarily signal an evil intent. What is presented here is a generalized portrait of a nominal new leader Ukrainians would support. One advice we can give, however, is to avoid admiration of anyone and always ask who can benefit from every new face.

Follow us at @OfficeWeek on Twitter and The Ukrainian Week on Facebook

Related publications:

  • The "DPR government" has announced its intention to flood the closed Young Communard mine in Yenakiyeve. 40 years ago, nuclear tests were carried out in it, and nobody knows today what the consequences would be if groundwater erodes the radioactive rock
    16 April, Denys Kazanskyi
  • New details of the accusations against Paul Manafort reveal the side jobs of retired European high-ranking officials
    16 April, Olha Vorozhbyt
  • On March 2, 1919, the Polish government decided to polonize and colonialize Volynhia, as the Volyn region of Ukraine was then known
    2 April, Sviatoslav Lypovetsky
  • What cyberthreats Ukraine is likely to face in 2019 elections, and what it is doing to prevent them
    23 March, Yuriy Lapayev
  • Who wins the next election won’t be decided by the voters who are now supporting various parties and candidates but by those who will vacillate until the very last minute
    23 March, Andriy Holub
  • What those in power and opposition are likely to do to improve their rates and mobilize the electorate
    23 March, Maksym Vikhrov
Copyright © Ukrainian Week LLC. All rights reserved.
Reprint or other commercial use of the site materials is allowed only with the editorial board permission.
Legal disclaimer Accessibility Privacy policy Terms of use Contact us