Austen Dowell (MARS-REERS '22) Writes on Ukraine's Bitter War on Corruption for Fair Observer

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Austen Dowell (MARS-REERS '22) published an article in Fair Observer on whether Zelensky can win Ukraine's war on corruption. 

"While the Ukrainian military continues to fight Russian-backed separatists in the east, it was the country’s bitter war on corruption that has exploded back into the spotlight last week. The decision by Ukraine’s constitutional court to strike down elements of anti-corruption legislation has brought protesters to the streets of Kyiv, with President Volodymyr Zelensky calling for an immediate legal response to nullify the court’s decision. Members of the court have framed their initial ruling and continued resistance as an attempt to maintain judicial independence and protect individuals, but the president and other public figures accuse the court of protecting the judges’ personal wealth and that of their political backers."