Ukraine: what lies beneath

Corruption has been a cancer in the former Soviet republic since it achieved independence in 1992, writes Seamus Martin.

23rd February, 2014
Anti-government protesters clash with police in Independence Square in Kiev: it remains to be seen if Friday's deal will end the violence. Picture: Getty

A distinguishing feature of Ukrainian politicians, ever since the country became independent in 1992, has been their bitter animosity towards each other, their total unwillingness to compromise and the descent of the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, into a bear pit of fist-fighting deputies.

The horrific situation in Kiev has produced a rare compromise including a temporary national government, constitutional amendments and early elections. However, confusion continues this weekend as protesters take control of an empty presidential...

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