On July 26, 2015, Ukraine had snap parliamentary elections in district 205, which is in Chernigiv. Two main contenders were Sergiy Berezenko from the pro-presidential party Bloc Petra Poroshenko and Gennadiy Korban from the recently formed party UKROP, rumoured to be sponsored and controlled by oligarch Igor Kolomoyskiy. The election was marred by scandals and accusations of fraud. The Ukrainian democracy is young and fragile, it is critical that elections are conducted in a fair and transparent manner, and that the elected representatives have legitimacy in the eyes of the voters. In this post, we use statistical tools to assess whether there is evidence suggestive of the fraud in elections.
Category: Vision for Ukraine
A systemic analysis of the Ukrainian political crisis shows that inclusive leadership is the key success factor of reforms in Ukraine. Post-Maidan Ukraine needs a New Deal (a kind of agreement between civil society, business and government, a new social pact to build a modern state), centered around the the rule of law and the effective management tools.
You have a history of civic activism. And you can force your not very reform-minded top leadership in the right direction – because you have a rising generation of young leaders who seem to understand things in the correct way and who are prepared to be active.
Ukraine must embrace a bold, liberal, economic agenda. Speaking the truth about economic reforms shows respect for our nation. Speaking boldly and honestly about hardships and how to achieve a better future also increases the odds of political and economic success, provided those reforms are designed to provide opportunities for the current population and the next generation.
Valeriya Hontaryeva is the current Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine. You can listen to her Introductory speech at the opening of VoxUkraine conference (24 April 2015) Online broadcast, Day 1, 17:00.
A Must-Read. John Herbst Speech at JCE Conference: It’s Not Russia Against the West, It’s Reaction Against the Future
John Herbst served for thirty-one years as a Foreign Service Officer in the US Department of State, retiring at the rank of Career-Minister. For the most of his career he was involved in CIS and Middle East issues. He was a US Ambassador to Ukraine from 2003 to 2006. Currently John Herbst is the Director of Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center of the Atlantic Council, an influential think tank. You can listen to this speech at the JCE Conference
The reaction of publicity to Ukrainian ban on Communist and Nazi Propaganda varied from saluting to disapproving. Ukraine government could have learnt a lesson from our neighbors in order to set a proper balance between strife to abandon gruesome historical past and secure the fulfillment of citizens’ rights, – supposes Katerina Dronova. In 2005 the European Commission rejected proposal to include communist symbols in anti-racist regulation banning the use of Nazi symbols in the EU. It expressed concerns about potential infringement on civil liberties and the lack of consent among states regarding the list of concrete symbols that should be banned.
There is a simple solution to tackling corruption in Ukraine. It is based on three pillars: one independent law enforcement anti-corruption agency, maximum disclosure of information available to the state, and strengthening internal anti-corruption expertize.