Damaged Trust: Politicized Misinterpretations of Ukraine’s Newly Amended Anti-Corruption Law


Recent amendments to Ukraine’s Anti-corruption Law sparked a fierce public conflict between its critics and supporters. Both sides relied on politicized interpretations of the changes, ignoring the letter of law.

The debate has  misled the public, various stakeholders, and even foreign governments supportive of Ukraine. This has undermined Ukraine’s international image, and is counterproductive to the country’s reform interests. It is to note, that the letter of the law simply does not substantiate many positions argued by its critics. Nevertheless, Ukraine’s parliament should make the necessary changes to the law to remove potential ambiguities and doubts about its application, so civil activists who fear an over-broad interpretation of the legislation by law enforcement agencies will feel less afraid.

The article explains what the adopted amendments actually entail.

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