Speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk: You know what the good thing in Ukraine is right now? The good thing is, we don’t have an authoritarian government. There’s no one tsar. That’s our only salvation.
Vitaliy Portnykov, journalist: Well, that’s because the oligarchs haven’t agreed. That’s why we have no tsar.
Speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk: And they won’t agree, make no mistake! They won’t agree. They can agree on an ad hoc basis once in a blue moon. And the fact that they won’t agree is our key salvation. We can’t make tsarism in this state. We can’t make absolutism in this state. And it’s a hard road. Some say we need an iron hand. We need no iron hand. Let them read history books about the iron hand — about how all those stories end.
Mr. Yatsenyuk makes a good point as long as he doesn’t mean that clans of competing oligarchs can be a substitute for democracy.
A checks and balances system that relies on oligarchs instead of citizens would only continue depopulating Ukraine.
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