TIME’s Person of the Year, President Volodymyr Zelensky, is praised for liquidating a Kyiv anti-corruption court.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed his dissolution on Tuesday of a Kyiv court as evidence Ukraine can fight to end a history of corruption and Russia’s invasion at the same time.
“This story has drawn to a close,” he said as he announced he had signed a law liquidating the Kyiv District Administrative Court, which Ukrainian anti-corruption authorities had compared to a criminal organization and whose chairman was hit with U.S. sanctions Dec. 9.
“But the story of reforms continues – it continues, even in the time of such a war,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address.
He signed the law the same day it was passed by Ukraine’s parliament, in a nod to extensive judiciary and other reforms needed for Ukraine to join the European Union.
Pavlo Vovk, the court’s chairman, said in a Facebook post that the decision to eliminate the court was purely political, made in haste and one that “those who applaud it today will soon regret.”
The U.S. State Department said Washington was imposing sanctions on Vovk “for soliciting bribes in return for interfering in judicial and other public processes,” and designated two of his immediate family members at the same time.
To date, Zelensky has outlawed a Ukrainian church and the opposition party. No doubt that the party that voted in the article above did not include any opposition.
This is what China did in Hong Kong. The head of the country (the CEO) is picked by China and then the people vote on the CEO. The upper body in Hong Kong is all China cronies. The lower body is voted in by the people but it no longer has power.
Zelensky also has banned numerous media outlets.
TIME apparently likes a leader who shuts down corruption courts, shuts down religion, shuts down the opposition party, and shuts down media outlets that do not back a despotic regime. Who would have guessed?