Post Medvedchuk - Post Putin times are coming?
"Are we ready? Will liberation from the Kremlin dictatorship in Ukraine become one of the drivers of Ukraine's leadership in the region in the future?
Ukraine as an inspiring democracy and agenda setter for the post-Soviet space.
1. The Kremlin's hydra is multi-headed. Therefore, the first steps to clean the media space from the Kremlin's influence on Ukrainian society, as well as subsequent sanctions on the economic and trade activities of Medvedchuk, Kozak - require further systematic action, legal perfection and support of the political class. In addition to Medvedchuk, there is still a need to extradite Firtash to the United States, there is also the question of the negative effects of Kolomoisky, Akhmetov and Pinchuk on economic processes. Deoligarchization in action requires wisdom to achieve results.
2. Political alternatives. Who will fill the vacuum of political forces for those who are nostalgic for the scoop or advocate non-alignment? The loss of popularity of the 'Servant of the people' project does not facilitate the transfer of votes to parties that are in the democratic opposition. The political projects that are now in democratic opposition to the ruling party are in no hurry to work with the electorate in the East or South of Ukraine. And what will happen if we ban Kremlin political projects like the former Communist Party? Do we have a center for political design that will offer a state alternative to the electorate that is not funded or controlled by the Kremlin?
3. Is the middle and large business ready to be a player, parents, creators of a strong state, and not stand aside from socio-political processes, caring for their survival?
4. Youth - who will go to the polls in the next parliamentary and political elections and for whom?
5. Media. Channel owners are not responsible for the state agenda. For them, the media is a tool for growing political influence and coming to or retaining power. How many free media are there in the country and are they able to defend the country's transformation on the path to EU and NATO membership, on the path to strengthening subjectivity in the 21st century?
6. Civil society and its proximity to the needs of citizens. Stability, wisdom and willingness to work together with people with sober thinking, healthy patriotism, valuable experience and professionalism. Do not pour mud, but interact together. Learning to set specific goals and go for them - as an example of a Membership Action Plan for Ukraine and Georgia until 2023.
7. Local self-government plays an important role in the development and future prosperity of Ukraine. But local and national synergies are needed to gain weight internationally.
8. Ukraine was not ready for the collapse of the Soviet Union. Have we grown up as a nation now on the eve of great challenges and opportunities on the way to 2030?
In 7 years after the Revolution of Dignity we are in a situation where the threats to statehood have not diminished. New challenges have emerged, and society's passion to defend Ukraine is lower.
Despite understanding the threats, I believe in Ukraine's special mission in the 21st century.
Author: Hanna Hopko - Chair of the ANTS Board.
Photo - the book "Post Putin: Succession, Stability, and Russia's Future", author Herman Pirchner, Ukrainian Catholic University Publishing House.