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Ukrainian Church leader laments government corruption

May 25, 2016

Two years after mass protests led to the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, government corruption and political patronage remain significant problems in Ukraine, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said in an interview.

“We are now in the same situation as was Poland after the fall of the Berlin Wall,” said Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, according to the Religious Information Service of Ukraine. “The reform of the governance system and state apparatus was not launched and was not led by bureaucrats or politician, but civil society.”

“Those who have money create their own policies, protect their interests, establish political parties,” he added.

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