Several reform-oriented politicians recently visited the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation to give their assessment of the current political situation in Ukraine.  During an April 24th meeting at USUF, Ukrainian parliamentarians Viktor Chumak and Oksana Prodan shared their prescriptions for reinvigorating Ukraine’s reform efforts.  Mr. Chumak, who is Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Preventing and Combating Corruption, stressed the importance of demonopolization of the economy, creation of an anti-corruption court and adoption of an exclusively proportional (party-list) system for parliamentary elections.  Ms. Prodan, who sits on the Committee on Taxation and Customs Policy, said that besides pursuing cases of corruption, it is critically important to create strong mechanisms for preventing corruption, emphasizing that this will create a good business environment.

Earlier in April, Oleksandr Solontay, a leading Maidan activist and head of the Political Council of Ukraine’s Power of People (Syla Lyudey) political party visited USUF.  He was accompanied by Andriy Putilov, a politically independent former governor of the Kherson region of Ukraine, who was a passionate participant of the 2014 Maidan Revolution and the 2004 Orange Revolution.  Mr. Solontay described intensive efforts at the grass-roots level to build Power of People along the lines of a Western-style party, focusing on policy rather than personalities.

Andriy Putilov (L), Oleksandr Solontay and Nadia K. McConnell at the US-Ukraine Foundation.

A few years ago, USUF recognized Oleksandr Solontay’s leadership skills as part of the foundation’s 40 Under 40 – Ukraine’s Emerging Leaders Initiative, which identified 40 outstanding Ukrainians under the age of 40, who demonstrated leadership within their profession while making a significant contribution to the development of their community and Ukraine.

Photo at top of page: From the left — Viktor Chumak, Adrian Karmazyn, Oksana Prodan, Orest Deychakiwsky, Anatoliy Pinchuk, Markian Bilynskyj and Vera Andrushkiw.

 

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