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After the 2014 Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine, the anti-corruption agenda quickly became le fétiche for Ukrainian society. The disgraced President Viktor Yanukovych’s corrupted regime, associated with the criminal world and pro-Russian vector of foreign policy, seemed to be left in the past forever. Then-elected President Petro Poroshenko was a living embodiment of the widespread expectations and beliefs in a new, better Ukraine with zero tolerance for corruption. However, the anti-corruption crusade shortly ran aground on a reef of political reality and caused a multitude of negative—foreseeable but unfortunately overlooked—consequences.

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