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MP: Offshore scandal is part of hybrid war
10:06, 4 April 2016
MP: Offshore scandal is part of hybrid war

Member of Ukrainian Parliament Svitlana Zalishchuk commented on the impact of the huge offshore scandal on Ukraine

10:06, 4 April 2016

BBC

“The offshore scandal is surely a part of the hybrid war waged against Ukraine. And this time, the blow was landed from our rear”, Zalishchuk wrote in her column at nv.ua. The text goes as follows:

  1. “What does this mean for the country? The level of trust dropped drastically. The scandal surely gave Ukraine’s opponents an advantage that they can use at all levels of international negotiations – especially before the upcoming negotiations on further sanctions against Russia. As for the referendum in the Netherlands, it’s like a goal we lost 30 seconds before the final whistle, and we can’t pull another goal back. The local press already talks about it. Yet this morning, it seemed that the campaign to support Ukraine in the Netherlands has a chance to succeed”.
  2. “The coalition crisis might now grow into a bigger one, the state crisis. Compared with the Government and the Parliament, the President seemed to be the one who can be trusted. The all-against-all conflict comes into a new dangerous phase. Now, there are fewer chances to shape the new parliamentary coalition without elections:.
  3. “President: what would he do in this situation? What kind of governmental authorities would react to the assumption that a leading official tried to evade taxes? There should be an investigation, but are there any institutions in the state capable of conducting it? Is the Acting Prsecutor General a close friend of Shokin’s? I don’t trust the parliamentary commission as none of them proved their efficiency so far. The helplessness of law enforcers will devaluate the President’s explanations on the issue”.
  4. “Common citizens. Two years ago we all experienced a sort of insight, and now we’re here… Will the society accept President’s apology/explanation/investigation on the matter? The Head of the State will have to choose”.   

Related: Panama Papers: Ukrainian politicians involved in offshore operations

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