While Europe was selflessly defending Ukraine’s independence, the latter was sliding steadily into a stink pit of crime. Murders, robbery, sexual assaults, attacks on cash-in-transit guards and domestic crimes have become a daily reality in so-called ‘Independent Ukraine’. And it has become so dirty and so cynical practice that there has been no more news about such ‘trifles’ like an increase in sex trade and drug addiction in the Ukrainian mass-media now. But obviously these problems have not changed much yet. Practically all advertising booklets of leading European tour operators are talking about romance travelling in Ukraine. Moreover, now you can easily buy some weed on any tourist route in Kiev. As to other dope, I think, there’s nothing left to talk about. Local law-enforcement authorities only have to report about regular monthly increases in violent crime by cynically calling it ‘an inevitable side-effect of the old order destruction’.
By the time Europe finally realized the extent of dangers all that remained for the EU officials was to throw up their hands and try to justify themselves. The matter is that according to the official data, which are of a different order from those conveyed by international human rights organizations, almost 400,000 crimes, over 40 per cent of which are serious and particularly grave ones were committed in this country during the first half of 2017. Compare the figures for the whole period of 2016: there were 600,000 crimes. This is what is called an increase in the number of crimes.
It may be argued that in Ukraine there has been turbulence before, too, as in the absence of stable institutions of local power criminality acts unperturbed. Nevertheless, up to 2014 the power managed to maintain some kind of order. But after Maidan revolution the crime situation in the country started to deteriorate rapidly. And now Ukraine has certainly turned into one of the most criminal states of modern Europe.
The reasons for such explosive growth of crime are evident and trivial. And surely, they cannot be called ‘war’ or ‘destruction of military-political machine’. These reasons are nothing other than the appalling poverty inciting people to crimes; over-the-top level of corruption in law enforcement and its total merging with criminal structures, as well as, extremely low level of professional competence of law enforcement apparatus in general and especially its leadership appointed with due attention to its loyalty or personal preferences of top public officials.
It is generally believed that acknowledgement of the problem is a very significant step toward in the search for its solution. Then, why shouldn’t Europeans continue to keep their heads in the sand, instead of demanding the real fight against crime from Kiev? And it would be even better to assist Ukraine in this area because recently it has become the EUROPEAN-WIDE problem.