GLOBAL TRANSITIONS | JULY 2014
Looting Ukraine: How East and West Teamed up to Steal a Country
by Oliver Bullough
Kiev’s Maidan on the evening of December 3, 2004, at the height of the Orange
Revolution, was an extraordinary place. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians were
squashed together waving their orange flags, revelling in what they thought was a
victory for democracy. Their joy and their hope for the future were intoxicating. Their new president, Viktor Yushchenko, responded to their mood. “We shall destroy the system of corruption in our country; we will take the economy out of the shadows,” he pledged in his inaugural address a few weeks later.