Kyiv Security Forum

Oleksii Haran: civil society’s recently established control over authorities needs to be maintained

11 April 2014, 15:42

Oleksii Haran, professor at the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, believes that, unlike the 2004 events, civil society is trying to really control authorities after Euromaidan, as he stated during the 7th Kyiv Security Forum.

‘After the Maidan’s victory, we’ve been continuously hearing the argument: what has the Heavenly 100 died for? And I think this will be always resounding like a refrain. It safeguards us from the mistakes committed after 2004 when they made the revolution and farmed everything out to politicians’, the expert said.

According to him, now we see a different situation: civil society is trying to control politicians. ‘Some part of the civil society went to work in the government right after Maidan. There is a desire to control everything the authorities are doing’, the professor pointed out.

At the same time, in his opinion, another danger arises in this situation: we start criticizing the new government ‘for everything in the world’. ‘They deserve being criticized but we should realize that we’ve faced a unique situation: instead of restoring our country smoothly, we’ve encountered the Russian aggression’. Haran believes that experts should maintain a balance of criticism in this situation. ‘Criticizing certain actions, they should at the same time try to help and avoid playing up to the destabilization plans nurtured by Vladimir Putin’, he said.

Haran also expressed confidence that the civil society would successfully control holding of the presidential election scheduled for May.


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