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IMoRe №41. Napoleon’s plans: Naftogas Reform and Interregional Custom Office Creation are Pushing the Index

Progress in natural gas market reform and reduction of tax service pressure on business make a positive impact on IMoRe. Index continues to grow slowly, while the reform pace remains unsatisfactory: +1,2 points in this round. IMoRe experts note some progress in the reforms of energy sector, business environment, public administration and monetary system, as well as the lack of change in public finance.

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Ukraine’s Legal Debate on the Right to Armed Self-Defence

One of the issues that were raised rather unexpectedly in the process of discussing constitutional amendments in Ukraine in 2015 was the right to armed self-defence, initiated by an e-petition to President Poroshenko and supported by an NGO “The Ukrainian Gun Owners Association”. This led to a heated debate within the Human Rights Working Group of the Constitutional Commission, holding back the adoption of a human rights chapter. The discussion about liberalising rules for possession of weapons has additional emotional resonance in Ukraine because of the Russian aggression and military conflict in Eastern Ukraine which caused, inter alia, illegal turnover of firearms in Ukraine.

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Invisible Сonnection: Who Owns the Banking System of Ukraine

There is a continuing struggle between those who are striving to hide money and assets and those who are trying to find them. Central banks are one of the key players in the fight against money laundering (anti-money laundering), against the concealment of “gray” transactions (related-party lending), and against the concealment of property rights (ultimate beneficial ownership). These are the non-trivial tasks which require a comprehensive analysis. In this article, we provide a detailed analysis of the entire network of owners of Ukrainian banks. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

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Democracy at Greenwich or The Lessons of Brexit for Ukraine

BREXIT has caused major discontent both inside and outside the United Kingdom. Almost immediately after the outcome was announced, many citizens called for another referendum or outright overturn of the results. However, nobody actually had any doubts as to whether the voting procedure itself was fair. Nazar Boyko explains why. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

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What Do We Learn from President Poroshenko’s Speeches. A Quantitative Content Analysis

Using content analysis, we analyse speeches of President Poroshenko from March 2015 to May 2016. We present the visualised word cloud and find the semantic content of president foreign speeches are similar to the domestic ones. Further, we investigate audiences’ education level measured by the readability and complexity of the texts. We also analyse political spectrum for each speech, and the results show that the domestic speeches have a bias to left-wing politics, while foreign speeches are more right-wing.

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Brexiteer View on Ukraine’s Development

During the UK’s EU referendum campaign, we were repeatedly told that Putin would welcome Brexit (UK withdrawal from the EU). The free world must prove him wrong. As a lifelong Brexiteer, I utterly reject the argument that links Brexit with Putin’s opposition to Ukraine joining the EU. Each nation must be free to determine her destiny.

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A Lepton “God”: Proof of the Collapse in the Ukrainian Scientific Degree Awarding System

In January 2016 Ukrainian scientists were shocked to discover the thesis in the field of Pedagogy that was written by Mrs. Kateryna Kyrylenko containing pseudoscience and plagiarism. Subsequent development of the story became a proof of the collapse in the Ukrainian scientific degree awarding system. After all this case is just an example of a corruption that destroys Ukraine as cancer.

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Who Communicates the Reforms in Ukraine to its Citizens and How?

Since the Revolution of Dignity (2013-2014), Ukraine’s civil society has strived to avoid the mistakes of the past by demanding from the government transparent actions, accountability and real efforts at political reforms in the country. On the whole, Ukraine’s government has only rarely managed to communicate effectively the content of reforms to its citizens. A mere 9% of Ukrainians are satisfied with the manner in which the government communicates with them. According to the international experience, a successful informational campaign requires the inclusion of governmental and non-governmental actors of the reform process at the earliest stages of designing the reforms. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

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Who Won Power After Staff Clean-Ups in the Government?

Which deputy ministers and department heads have lost their seats in the first 100 days the new government has been in office? Is there a succession in the government? How many reformers have left and who has replaced them? Volodymyr Hroysman’s government became the third one in Ukraine within the last 2.5 years. It seems that the new political forces in power have failed to change the Ukrainian tradition of short-lived governments as the average tenure of the post-revolutionary governments equals 13 months. VoxUkraine has analysed the staff turnover in the government after the power transfer and the depth of these changes. Who is replacing the few reformers of the previous government? Full text is available in Ukrainian.