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Diplomat NN   The Day   02-Nov-1999   West imposes dictatorship on Ukraine
"Without international support the current regime would have no chance to behave as arrogantly in its own country.  It was with money received from international institutions and individual countries that the huge repressive machine was built and has been maintained." — Diplomat NN
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International Support of Kuchma Threatens Democracy in Ukraine


By N. N., diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Western partners, lured by reformist phraseology dating from 1994, hurried to support the “reformer.”  Political support, billions of dollars of loans, and hundreds of millions worth of foreign investment became the foundation on which the current President and his sycophants strengthened their positions, reaching the level of dictatorial management.  This reformist phraseology forced Western partners to look the other way when confronted with Ukraine’s unprecedented scope of corruption and undisguised contempt of the law, conniving at the openly Soviet approaches of all those ranking office holders (practiced both within Ukraine and on the international arena), having to deal with low-culture and arrogant Ukrainian partners.  Western politicians seem to have overlooked the way the so-called Ukrainian government elite proceeded to mistreat and jeer at its own people, consciously leading its Western partners astray, ignoring commitments, and discrediting democratic values.  Even the appointment of Premier Pavlo Lazarenko, who did not try overmuch to hide his voracity, did not stop the outpour of “international support of reform efforts.”  What is behind all this?  Interests?  Miscalculated assessment of what is actually going on in Ukraine?  Underestimation of the cynicism of the regime in this country?  This is a different story, but the consequences can be appraised now.  They are self-evident.

Of course, citizens of Ukraine are to blame for the situation that has developed in the first place; they have remained silent, thus encouraging the regime to mistreat and scorn them.  But reducing the causes to this would be a major mistake.

Without international support the current regime would have no chance to behave as arrogantly in its own country.  It was with money received from international institutions and individual countries that the huge repressive machine was built and has been maintained.  Assisted by the Mafia and other criminal structures, it ruthlessly deals with those opposed to the acting President and keeps the entire Ukrainian populace intimidated.  Without political and material support from foreign partners these “reform operetta” characters would not have stood a chance to keep in power even for a year.  Moreover, this support disorients the population, begetting and asserting political apathy and disillusionment about one’s ability to oppose the existing regime.

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