Political scientist Andriy Doroshenko: In memoriam
Doroshenko perished in Kyiv on April 24, falling out of the window on the 8th floor. The police consider all possible versions
Immediately after the accident, the media and public figures burst into versions of why this actually happened.
One of the Ukrainian media wrote that Doroshenko worked for the Fund of Legal Progressive Initiatives. According to that message, the organization is tightly connected to Viktor Medvedchuk, famous pro-Russian politician and leader of “Ukrainian Choice” movement that stands for Ukraine’s reintegration with Russia.
Ex-MP Taras Chornovil (former member of the disbanded Party of Regions) wrote at Facebook that the deceased political scientist was his friend and assistant in the Parliament. He was the one who inspired “Euroarabia” organization that “established contacts between embassies and government of Arabian countries”. “Andriy was a good man, a very tolerant, gifted and delicate one; he used to come up with new ideas all the time”, Chornovil wrote.
112 International offers the audience to learn about Doroshenko’s political views; below, you may find a few quotations of him speaking in the studio of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“These events (protests against absence of systematic reforms in the country – 112 International) remind me of a mirror: two and a half years ago, people protested, burned tires and clashed with the police; but now, there’s an attempt to do the same, but from the other side of the political fence. It must be people thinking there are no real reforms implemented across the country. Obviously, the Panama Gate scandal fueled up public disturbance, too. The situation seems to repeat itself. The problem is, back then, in early 2014, the situation led to most serious clashes and victims during the Euromaidan protests, to revolution and the breach of political and territorial integrity of Ukraine, to the crisis in Crimea and the conflict in Donbas. It’s all the same now. It’s important that politicians who can see the alternative urge people to participate in peaceful protest actions. It’s a wake-up call for those in power”.
Doroshenko lively supported implementation of Minsk agreements that are supposed to put an end to the conflict in Donbas. He actively promoted the idea of constitutional reform in Ukraine. In general, the political scientist positively assessed the power blockade of Crimea, calling this initiative “a way to defend Ukraine’s interests”. He called Joe Biden “a man who didn’t let ex-President Yanukovych disperse the Euromaidan” in late 2013-early 2014. Speaking of relations between President Poroshenko and the-then Premier Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Doroshenko said they were quite complicated, adding that there are few chances that systematic reforms in Ukraine take change in 2016.
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