Greed of our oligarchs and consequences for ordinary Ukrainians

Author : Olexandr Honcharov

Source : 112 Ukraine

Not President Zelensky, but many Ukrainian oligarchs need early elections to the Rada and blame everything on the war
23:12, 17 July 2019

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Not President Zelensky, but many Ukrainian oligarchs need early elections to the Rada and blame everything on the war. Of course, the oligarchs were ready for the parliamentary elections with open lists and even more for the open process of lustration. After all, almost all politicians are fed from their hands. Therefore, it is easy to replace one "their" with others "theirs". And it is easiest for the oligarchs to blame the local war and bad politicians for all their own political miscalculations and mistakes. Moreover, in world history, war is a proven antibiotic from crises, it allows you to write off billion debts and enrich yourself with the same billions.

Well, in the Ukraine’s realities, the war can also be viewed as a huge corporation of one or another oligarch or their consortium. After the early elections to the Verkhovna Rada, I have no doubt that this corporation, seeing a competitor in front of itself, will seek to destroy it by any means, taking possession of someone else’s property.

To be more precise, forced mergers of competitors in the market of mergers and acquisitions (M & A) will be carried out. But what could a new redistribution of property in a war lead to? And how will the main geopolitical players behave? Or how will the struggle without rules end?

The history knows many such examples. A few years ago there was a single country, Iraq. Today, these are actually 4 small countries. Also, not so long ago, Yugoslavia still existed, on the territory of which there are now 5 countries.

This series can be continued, but, reflecting on the consequences of such unfriendly takeovers by corporations, one can involuntarily recall what was said on television on January 17, 1961, the famous "Farewell Address to the Nation" by US President General Dwight Eisenhower, a graduate of the West Point Military Academy, which he prophetically ended with: "Watch the military-industrial complex, it is a mortal danger. The Boeing Company will not stop making bombers. It doesn't matter if bombers are needed. After all, it brings money."

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Yes, everything that brings money - is primarily of interest to our oligarchs, who own the largest financial and industrial groups and corporations in Ukraine. I admit that after the declaration of independence of Ukraine, they still believed for a long time that only allies were around us.

And so they reached the point where they no longer acted indirectly, reached an open conflict not only with local competitors, but also with other countries. And now, what large-scale changes are they ready to make?

Will there be a radical change in the managerial elite in Ukraine by the end of the current 2019 in order to launch the country's economy, where the income and expenditures of the population simply collapse? I am convinced no one wants to lose the huge Ukrainian market in the center of Europe.

But what will the oligarchs Igor Kolomoisky, Rinat Akhmetov, Viktor Pinchuk manage to agree on or won’t they find mutual understanding between themselves? In the meantime, only one Kolomoisky gives interviews, convincing us that nothing terrible will happen. Although he was also the only one who was able to paralyze the state will of the Ministry of Justice.

True, only ordinary Ukrainians suffered from this. They conscientiously paid and pay taxes to the state budget. And it was they who in recent years hear such phrases that there is no need to think about any problems such as utility tariffs and pensions, since the Ukrainian market or, more precisely, its invisible hand, that is, the oligarchs, will decide everything.

Say, money will regulate everything, bringing relations in the labor market, in the banking sector and production into a state of equilibrium. Exceptional finance will ensure the most efficient use of all resources. But now we see very well (especially on the example of Naftogaz and Ukrnafta) that this dogma of top officials raised by our oligarchs has nothing to do with reality in Ukraine.

So now we can breathe out with relief, finally, the 5-year cadence of these MPs is over. Well, the distrust of the old members of parliament still remains the main problem. Frankly, ordinary Ukrainians generally have little information, taught to live like sheep.

But is it worth leaving hopes for the best? I think there are a lot of dangerous uncertainties ahead, and getting angry will not increase the sanity of officials, but it will undermine our health. Also, another wave of aggression against journalists is inevitable.

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