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Lustration is a distraction, society demands real accountability of high-ranking officials

21:32 17.07.2019

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko says that Ukrainian society wants those high-ranking officials who committed corrupt crimes against the country to be held responsible, rather than the imitation of the process through “lustration,” which touched only mid-level officials.

“Lustration over the past 5 years has not changed anything in the country, on the contrary it has made corruption a part of the country’s management. And this is the big problem: lustration did not work,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on the program “Evening Prime” on channel 112 Ukraina.

According to politician, since the Law of Ukraine “On the purification of power” was adopted, neither the prosecutor’s office nor the courts brought to justice those who “under Yanukovych, stole budget finances, resources and deposits of natural resources.” Instead, only mid-level officials were subject to lustration.

“To divert attention, mid-level officials and unknown people were lustrated, and key corruptionists weren’t touched. Thus, lustration from 2014 did not stop corruption, abuse, poverty, use of Ukraine’s resources for the clan oligarchy, it just became a slogan for people,” she said.

The head of the Batkivshchyna Party also added that, in her opinion, lustration should not be carried out, instead those involved in corruption should be brought to criminal responsibility, but first a full audit of all branches of life should be conducted.

“Right now we don’t need lustration, we should jail everyone who stole even one kopeck from the state. We should hold accountable individuals, who need to be identified during the audit of all sectors of life of the country,” said the parliamentarian. She added that for this purpose Ukraine needs an effective and independent prosecutor’s office that will fight corruption and abuse, independent courts, state bureau of investigations and independent regulatory authorities.