What the effort to prosecute Ukraine’s former president says about the current state of the country

With corruption in Ukraine the centrepiece of Donald Trump’s defence in his impeachment case, any moves from Kiev to deal with graft accusations will draw added attention

Oliver Carroll
Kiev
Tuesday 19 November 2019 01:05
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Poroshenko was ousted from office earlier this year
Poroshenko was ousted from office earlier this year

Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigation has just made the most consequential move of its 12-month history – requesting parliamentary consent to prosecute former president Petro Poroshenko.

The move marks a dramatic raising of the stakes in the confrontation between the old and new regimes in the country.

Up until March, Poroshenko remained the most important person in the land, controlling most of Ukraine’s key institutions. The unexpected landslide electoral victory of now-president Volodymyr Zelensky changed all that.

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