Nowhere In Sight: Drive for rule of law falters 9 months into Zelensky’s presidency | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Nowhere In Sight: Drive for rule of law falters 9 months into Zelensky’s presidency

While running for president, Volodymyr Zelensky harshly criticized Ukraine’s nonexistent rule of law and blamed its failures on then-President Petro Poroshenko. He won the presidency on a promise to overhaul the flawed law enforcement system and imprison corrupt officials.

Yet so far, Zelensky achieved alarmingly little in this area.

Nine months after he took office, corrupt officials are still free, courts show no improvement and sketchy appointments are becoming a key feature of Zelensky’s presidency.

In Zelensky’s first year, Ukraine dropped by two points in the Corruption Perception Index, an annual ranking by Transparency International.

The organization specified where Ukraine was failing: no independent judiciary formed, anti-corruption bodies lack capacity and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), successor of the Soviet-era KGB, still has the power to prosecute economic crimes – which effectively means harassing or extorting businesses.

Almost all top law enforcement bodies have been disappointing under Zelensky. Some, like the Interior Ministry or the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, remain in the hands of disreputable officials. Others, like the SBU or the judiciary, continued business as usual and didn’t undergo the anticipated cleansing.

“What some see as the incompetence of the current government is used by someone more capable to achieve their own personal goals,” says political expert Vitaly Bala.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sincerely believe that when Zelenesky was elected, he really did mean to do what he said regarding corruption in Ukraine; unfortunately, the problems were a lot bigger, and much more intractible, than even he had anticipated.