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Beyond the EuromaidanComparative Perspectives on Advancing Reform in Ukraine$
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Henry E. Hale and Robert W. Orttung

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804798457

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804798457.001.0001

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Oligarchs, the Partial Reform Equilibrium, and the Euromaidan Revolution

Oligarchs, the Partial Reform Equilibrium, and the Euromaidan Revolution

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(p.181) 10 Oligarchs, the Partial Reform Equilibrium, and the Euromaidan Revolution
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Beyond the Euromaidan
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Taras Kuzio

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804798457.003.0010

In contrast to many other scholars, Taras Kuzio shows how the corruption, shadow economy, and organized crime that plague Ukraine today emerged in the late Soviet period and then took advantage of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Through a detailed analysis of oligarchs’ roles in a wide range of enterprises, he shows empirically how corruption works at the micro-level. He also shows why the foundations of the Donetsk group in organized crime networks prepared it to outcompete the Dnipropetrovsk oligarchs for power in post-Soviet Ukraine. Kuzio’s chapter leaves it clear that the current patterns of “non-reform” that we see in Ukraine are deeply entrenched and resistant to change. While the 2014 revolution opened space for reform, many actors are striving to take advantage of the current turmoil to gain control over economic assets.

Keywords:   Oligarchs, Revolution, Organized Crime, Corruption, Donetsk

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