Maxim Eristavi is a nonresident research fellow with the Atlantic Council and co-founder of Hromadske International, an independent news outlet, based in Kiev. Ukraine’s complex political intrigues can be hard to figure out. But this week we’ve arrived at a rare moment of clarity. The most important domestic issue in our country is corruption. And for the first time in our modern history, we have the people and the institutions in place to fight it.
The search for Russian influence in Ukraine’s media is an important task. But when the mainstream makes little space for inconvenient facts, who ends up losing? In Ukraine, the long-running conflict around the Vesti media group and its successor Strana.ua has produced strongly contrasting narratives. For many patriotic minded Ukrainians, these outlets are weapons in Moscow’s information war.
Ukrainian president Poroshenko's time runs out. Voters have grown impatient with pervasive corruption and the suffocating reality of a state dominated by oligarchs. Poroshenko is becoming paranoid about his critics, and that's why he stripped his former ally Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship. Media that focus on that scandal miss the point, says journalist Maxim Eristavi in an op-ed for the Washington Post. Ukrainian democracy is in danger.
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