Stolen Future: Atlantic Council/Newsweek Major Issue Paper by Diane Francis on Russia-Ukrainian Corruption

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Atlantic Council published May 10, 2016

Diane Francis’ new issue brief, “Stolen Future,” exposes the depth and breadth of the economic devastation a corruption fueled oligarchy has wrought in Ukraine. In the wake of the Euromaidan Revolution, Ukraine has the opportunity to break the cycle of wealth appropriation which has plagued both Russia and Ukraine since the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, due to the lingering influence of oligarchy, reforms have been slow coming in some sectors, and as Francis states, “the tide will only turn in favor of Ukraine if its oligarchy is brought to its knees, hopefully without further violence.”

Link to the 5,000 word paper here at

Republished in its entirety in Newsweek May 14, 2016