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Volodymyr Dubrovskiy: Civil Society in Ukraine Would Promote Economic Growth

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Ukrainians are neither Koreans nor Singaporeans. Because of difference in mentalities it is unlikely for Ukraine to build a prospering economy following Asian scenario, told the Center CASE Ukraine’s senior economist Volodymyr Dubrovskyi at the meeting with the activists of “Nova Krayina” (“The New State”) project. Our citizens are mentally closer not to Asian power “vertical”, but to European system of controls and counterbalances.

Currently the regime with limited access to resources is preserved in Ukraine. To put it in simple terms, it means that top authority and the oligarchs access the privileges, which are not available to lay Ukrainians. People are still passive players. If our country really decides to move towards Europe, an important question to the authorities arises – do they want to cut the tree branch on which they sit, and to equal their rights to the rights of common citizens. Nevertheless, there is a hope that civil society, gradually being formed, manage to fight the greatest Ukrainian troubles – corruption and undue execution of laws.

Video from the meeting is available here:

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Part 3

May 26, 2014