The Economist explained why Poroshenko banned Russian social network

The decision of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on banning the Russian social networking may be an attempt to boost his ratings before the elections which will take place in two years, writes The Economist.

A meaningless decision, which is more like the actions of a novice avtoritetnogo mode and not in line with European values, which proclaims Kiev, calculated that would somehow improve the very low popularity of Poroshenko, the newspaper notes. Hopes for anti-corruption reforms were not justified, don’t add popularity to the authorities of Ukraine and austerity measures.

In Europe have expressed clear dissatisfaction with the actions of Kiev, who, as the head of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland «contrary to the General understanding of freedom of speech».

However, anti-Russian rhetoric of the President of Ukraine becomes more important concrete results, emphasizes The Economist. «The idea Poroshenko is to shift the focus of public debate since the fight against corruption in pseudo-patriotism», — leads edition of the words of the MP Serhiy Leshchenko.

The Economist explained why Poroshenko banned Russian social network 20.05.2017

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