The First Year of the New Ukrainian President is a Success - President of the Project for Transitional Democracies

By Worldwide News Ukraine, PRNE
Thursday, February 10, 2011

KYIV, Ukraine, February 11, 2011 - "President Viktor Yanukovych and the new government had a very
good year in 2010. They reached an agreement with the IMF, initiated intense
negotiations regarding the free trade area with the EU, and signed the Action
Plan on visa regime liberalization. They saw the country growing again, and
did not go bankrupt like Greece," stated Bruce Jackson, the president of the
Project on Transitional Democracies and a successful US lobbyist in his
interview to The Day.

Bruce Jackson has been a frequent visitor to Ukraine in the
last years. This week he met with the Ukrainian President, the head of the
Ukrainian Intelligence (SBU) and other officials, and also had a chance to
share his opinion with Ukrainian media.

The renowned American expert positively assessed the Ukraine's
efforts to fight corruption. Meanwhile, he considered the premature legal
system of the country the main barrier preventing the effective judicial
persecution of the corrupt officials. Such a status-quo often provokes a
strong public concern over political persecution of the opposition every time
an opposition member is accused of corruption.

"The President is really tormented by the corruption that is
killing his country, preventing recovery, stopping reform. He faces the
bureaucracy, private interests, etc. He looks good and strong. He is a
reflective president and realizes everything is not so easy, he writes a
decree and people don't do it, they do whatever they want," said Bruce

The expert finds that the democratic process in Ukraine is
developing in a way, which is very similar to that of Ukraine's Eastern
European neighbors. He admitted that there are several draw-backs, which,
however, do not threat the country's overall development. "Poland was selling
tanks to Sudan in the middle 1990s and we hushed it up, we said they were
freedom fighters. The Czechs are still heavy in corruption, the Bulgarians
shot 123 journalists in the streets of Sofia and we didn't say anything, we
got them into NATO. Romania,I don't even have to tell you," Jackson said.

At the same time he noted that the world is paying much closer
attention to Ukraine than it did to Poland, Czech Republic and Romania at the
time of the above mentioned events.

The full text of the interview can be found at the following

For more information, please contact Maryna Khorunzha +380509151565
news at, Project Manager at Worldwide News Ukraine

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