The power is too heavy to hold it alone

2014/02/06 • Analysis & Opinion

ImageThe more power is seized the more tragic end of it. But an usurper as every criminal always hopes that this time everything will turn out successful, because he managed to seize all the three branches of the power, purchase unprincipled journalists and get rid of principled ones. But why does the scheme permanently not go off?

“Die Welt” journalist Jacques Schuster in his article “Geared up for revolution have too naive views on the Europe” (Die Revolutionsstimmung sieht Europa zu blauäugig) vividly pictures how the Ukrainian power looks today. “His (Viktor Yanukovych’s) government consisits of handful of moral cretins and smiling slaves headed by the master with imperturbable face as if he was a professional poker player”, –  Jacques Schuster writes. (Seine Regierung setzt sich aus einem Haufen moralischer Kretins und lächelnder Sklaven zusammen, an deren Spitze ein pokergesichtiger Machthaber steht.)

This emotional and subjective description indeed includes some very important elements which support the usurpers regime.

1. Morals which are completely dependent on political views. Everything that the president likes is moral, everything that he could disapprove is immoral. On that principle the judiciary, the system of prosecution, and the law-enforcement system work. Recently significant dehumanisation of “the president’s enemies” occured: now they are sure – there are no limits of violence for protesters.

2. All the three branches of the state power (judiciary, executive and legislative) not only agree to be fully usurped by one political party, but also feel extraordinary pleasure with it. The ex-minister of internal affairs Mykola Bilokon’s words are very revealing as an example: “They say that police must be out of politics. And I say: we are a body of power, the armed body of power. And from the only definition follows that we must support the power… And if we win the election in the first round – we will be drinking three days running”.

3. The president considers state policy as a gambling and in line with the rules of the game he is sure that it is absolutely essential to hide his cards from other players: civil society, media, the opposition and even from the majority of his own political power. Today almost nobody knows the conditions on which the last $15 billion loan was granted.

A German foundation Bertelsmann Stiftung every two years makes reports “Bertelsmann Trasformation Index” (BTI) in which the peaceful transition to democracy and a market economy in post-totalitarian countries are traced back. This year BTI issued the detailed report about Ukraine. It considers all the negative trends that Ukrainians following the unbiased media know well. In the end of the report Bertelsmann Stiftung advises to Ukrainian power how to save peace in our country.

“Ukrainian authorities need to ensure that there is a level playing field for all political actors in the country, and that long-term rules of the game exist. For this purpose, the Election Code needs to be adopted, while presidential elections in 2015 need to be carried out in a free and fair manner. Prosecutions on political grounds should be stopped. The judiciary, the system of prosecution, and the law-enforcement system needs to be reformed in line with recommendations of the Council of Europe/Venice Commission, while decisions of the European Court of Human Rights need to be implemented. Freedom of assembly and expression should be respected. Personal voting in the parliament needs to be ensured”.

Perfect suggestions, but observing the recent events developing with lightning speed in Ukraine we can be sure: the Ukrainian power will not fulfil any of above mentioned. The reason is clear: the president doesn’t want to deal in politics and his main argument is armed with something strange riot police squads and criminalized paramilitaries which are ready to execute any order.

The best figurative characteristic of the strategy was given by an Ukrainian writer Andriy Kurkov: “Ukrainian polititians with surprising courage are launching Ukraine into the top of atmosphere where its further moving will be ruled not by polititians or politics, but by the power of collision with casual cosmic bodies and objects”.

We know well a famous Spanish saying, which was attributed first to Napoleon, then to Talleyrand: “It is impossible to sit on the bayonets” (On pent tout fairs avec les baionettes exceptc s у asseoir). But exactly that the president Yanukovych does. Even the Google gives his name amongst the first results after inputting the words “sit” and “bayonets”. It means that he is a main newsmaker in such a direction today.

The principal sense of the saying is not in impossibility to hold the power with the help of violence, because it is very possible. The question is in prospects which are too obscure for the power. The Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann Stiftung Mr. Aart de Geus says about it in such a way: “…in the end (it) fully destabilizes a country, in particular if independent institutions like courts or tax authorities, central banks are under the spell of such a majority political party”.

Today when grivna-to-dollar rate are falling down to the abyss literally every hour the Ukrainian power manipulating with society developing logic tries to blame street protesters in the destabilization. Protests are one of the consequences of the destabilization and disbalance in the power which happened in 2010 when the just elected president Viktor Yanukovych started cementing his chain of command with gross violation of the Constitution. The power is too heavy to hold it alone.

Oleg Shynkarenko

Krytyka.com

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