Magazine article New Internationalist

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Magazine article New Internationalist

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

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Yatsenyuk is the immediate political beneficiary of the Euromaidan movement that pushed the corrupt pro-Russian Ukrainian President Victor Yanokovych out of power in February 2014. The centre-right politician and former economy minister (who is known as 'Yats' to his friends) is said to be a Washington favourite and, unlike a number of other anti-Russian opposition politicians, is not yet tainted with personal corruption. He was named temporary prime minister until the elections that are to be held in May. For some, he is 'coup-imposed'; for others, he is the symbolic leader of a popular revolt.

But being Euro-suave and IMFfriendly might not be enough for Yats. His commitment to ruthless Greekstyle austerity to shore up Ukraine's battered finances may mean that his current popularity is short-lived. …

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