Pandora's Savchenko

Mykhailo Gannytskyi
17:50, 15 March 2018
Politics
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Ukraine's authorities are making a huge mistake by making public the investigation data on Nadiia Savchenko's alleged plot to set up a bloody carnage under the parliament dome (which, the law enforcers say Nadiia planned to blast to see it crush her colleagues). And it doesn't really matter whether Yuriy Lutsenko's prosecutors manage to justify his more than serious claims in court.

The fact is that, while some driblets of investigation reports were leaking into the media along the line of terrorist attacks plotted in the heart of Kyiv against civilians, readers sided with law enforcers, admitting the veracity of claims. Will people side with them now? That's a big question.

I should recall that plenty of comfy seats in the Rada session hall are occupied by a number of untouchable allies of fugitive ex-president Yanukovych. These are the people whose political CVs includes voting for draconian "laws of January 16" [significantly oppressing rights of peaceful protesters], people put by Ukraine's foreign partners on an international wanted list, people constantly resurfacing in corruption-related investigations released not only by Ukrainian, but also acclaimed American, British, and German media.

Unfortunately - but frankly, this is our MPs' own fault - the idea of ​​resorting to violence against people's deputies is quite acceptable for a wide circle of ordinary people

Of course, there are plenty of worthy, generally good people in the current convocation of the Verkhovna Rada - perhaps there's more of them than in any composition of the Ukrainian parliament over the last 10 years… However, their voices are getting dissolved in the cacophony produced by post-Soviet "career" MPs who have sprouted roots deep into the core of the government quarter and national politics, due to a number of primitive technologies like buying votes for food baskets or investing the money stolen from Ukrainians during their previous terms in office in buying up top spots on party lists.

Several times a day, I see in my Facebook feed posts and comments by Ukrainians wishing our deputies all kinds of troubles and most painful kinds of death, reposts of jokes that the entire deputy corps (and three subsequent Rada convocations) should be shot to renew the parliament, appeals to "throw everyone out" and "wipe them off with a broom, rag, or else".

Before voicing in Parliament the version of insidious plans of Nadiia Mowgli (Savchenko's nickname in the Rada), Lutsenko could have actually personally witnessed how close the people are to the idea of ​​"blowing them all up and finishing them off with automatic rifles" by simply riding a stop or two in a crowded rush hour city bus

Unfortunately - but frankly, this is our MPs' own fault - the idea of resorting to violence against people's deputies is quite acceptable for a wide circle of ordinary people. Before voicing in Parliament the version of insidious plans of Nadiia Mowgli (Savchenko's nickname in the Rada), Lutsenko could have actually personally witnessed how close the people are to the idea of "blowing them all up and finishing them off with automatic rifles" by simply riding a stop or two in a crowded rush hour city bus. However, this is still evident as I'm not seeing an avalanche of resentful posts against Savchenko from thousands of my Facebook friends in the context of accusations of a failed terrorist act in Parliament.

It would be a disaster if widely covered live public hearings in the Savchenko case with a detailed analysis of her alleged plans to annihilate her colleagues in the session hall opened a Pandora's box, inspiring to fulfill this horrendous scenario a bunch of most desperate radicals who have over the past four years grown weary of nepotism and embezzlement, of waiting for decisive reforms and state institutions being cleansed of outright criminals… These are the angry people, some of them having gone through the war zone.

All of us living in Ukraine (or Ukrainian nationals living beyond their country's borders) will fall victim of such developments. And, unfortunately, such a tragic scenario or an attempt to realize it seems to be very likely in the near future.

Both the regular people and our prosecutor general realize what's happening, while our people's deputies seem to fail to do so, perhaps considering themselves not only untouchable, but also immortal, judging by their actions.

Mykhailo Gannytskyi is an editor-in-chief at UNIAN

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