Political turbulence: which fate awaits Savchenko?

Author : Vadym Kolodiychuk

Source : 112 Ukraine

Nadia Savchenko has three options for continuing her political career after being excluded from "Batkivshchyna" party
15:00, 19 December 2016

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They have “broken up,” officially. Nadia Savchenko went to freely float the stormy ocean of Ukrainian politics. Perhaps, it would be better to say that she flew out from under the wing of Tymoshenko. But "Batkivshchyna" party does not seem to be very happy of this fact. Savchenko’s former faction colleagues commented with some diplomatic responses, like there were some differences in political views and beliefs, but they are happy that we were able to release her from Russian captivity. Each side gained maximum benefits from this cooperation: Tymoshenko – her current status in parliament, Savchenko - freedom and political experience that can grow in the career. However, there are serious doubts concerning the last one.

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As a pilot, Savchenko, is probably flying well. But Ukrainian political flights are tricky. But no one is going to eject or go to land. Savchenko’s political turbulence lasts for several months, and MP seem accustomed to it. But what's interesting: where is Savchenko heading, and does she have enough human and financial resources for her flights? Political activity is not cheap. Officially deputies receive another salary to perform their duties and hire a few assistants. In addition, each party has also its official and unofficial sponsors.

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I think now there are some investors who are willing to invest their money in a political project of Savchenko. However, this is not the most favorable time for this. Immediately after returning to Ukraine, cost of political actions of the former captive was many times higher. But there is one thing that can significantly increase the "political return" of Savchenko. Imagine that soon she would negotiate about the release of the Ukrainian prisoners kept on the occupied territories of Donbas. Wouldn’t people threat her differently?

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In fact, now there are three options for the continuation of Savchenko’s political activity. First, for several months, she represents her political force. However, this requires a good team and resources. Second option: Savchenko begins to work with any current political force. And, most likely, it will be the party that currently is not represented in parliament. And the third option: Savchenko declares herself an independent politician or even gives up her mandate voluntary. The latter option could mean rejection of the political future. But the first two require constant presence in the media. And the release of hostages or other successful activities in eastern Ukraine can become the springboard for Savchenko. There is no other field for maneuver, otherwise Savchenko risks finding itself in political isolation and oblivion.

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