Some European leaders have announced that they may boycott Euro 2012 because of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s arrest and imprisonment. Do we really want to help Vladimir Putin grow his empire?
This latest reform is more proof that Ukraine is moving beyond the Soviet model of command and control, and state monopolies and favored providers, putting Ukrainian infrastructure at the free market’s behest.
Khoroshkovsky is the telegenic, English-fluent, charismatic tip of a spear, aimed at both those Western governments that are slow to believe in Ukrainian reforms, and in those revanchists in Ukraine who believe reform is a waste of energy and time.
According to the Marin Independent Journal, the disgraced former Prime Minister of Ukraine owes Marin County $2.1 million in back taxes and late payment fines on his mansion in that picturesque county.
Our own Matt Lina appears today at RedState, arguing that Europe’s — and by extension, America’s — approach to Ukraine has been defective, at least.
Where we give others a pass as they struggle to undertake democratic norms not just politically but socially, and forgive Iceland for prosecuting its former prime minister for the crime of not foreseeing the largest financial disaster in nearly a century, we see Soviet-style commissars grinding the peasantry beneath their iron heels.
The latest news is that Tymoshenko could be pardoned as a result of Ukraine’s continued, sweeping reforms to its elections and criminal codes.