Why Zelensky’s Ukraine Is Becoming Increasingly Autocratic

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Why Zelensky’s Ukraine Is Becoming Increasingly Autocratic

We are witnessing the establishment of a pro-Western authoritarian regime in Ukraine, where power is concentrated in the hands of the president.

Zelensky also plans to adopt a law on media (the draft of which is strongly condemned by the Ukrainian journalistic community) and a law on collaborators, which will open the way for state censorship of the media and for large-scale repressions against the objectionable, and will render all peaceful attempts to regain Ukrainian control over the Crimea and the Donbas futile.

We are, in fact, witnessing the establishment of a pro-Western authoritarian regime in Ukraine, where power is concentrated in the hands of the president, society is mobilized to fight external and internal enemies, and any dissidence is labeled as support for the enemy and is suppressed by force. It is unlikely to end well.

Mikhail Pogrebinsky is Director of the Kiev Center of Political Studies and Conflictology.

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