Separating Ukraine’s numerous problems into coherent strands is the work of a lifetime: Does corruption cause economic self-destruction, or economic malaise cause corruption? Why does Ukraine’s economy struggle on when other, similarly-sized countries, equally distant from communism, prosper? Why is “politician” a well-established by-word for “thief”? Why would the average Ukrainian sell a vote that two and a half decades ago, he would have died to have?
The answers to these questions are much simpler than separating chickens and eggs. Ukraine’s economic woes and corruption are like tides that never truly ebb; the economy is in such awful shape because there …read more