July 13, 2019

Dmitri Teperik to Delfi.ee: The Role of Oligarchs in Ukraine Is Strong, Zelensky Is Unlikely to Change It

“In Ukraine, not only what is written in the law, but also what the court says, is legitimate,” Dmitri Teperik, chief executive of the International Center for Defense and Security, explained the functioning of Ukrainian state and power of oligarchs to the Delfi.ee news portal.

“Because the court is not quite independent and can be politically or financially influenced, it is still difficult to draw a line from where business ends and politics begins. Elected people’s representatives must always seek some consensus with the oligarchs, ” Teperik said.

Read the full-length interview in Estonian published on July 13 on Delfi.ee.

Teperik visits Ukraine frequently as he manages the Estonian-Ukrainian development cooperation project „Resilient Ukraine 2018-2020“. The project aims to identify cyber and information security gaps in Ukraine and to educate experts, officials and students in cyber and information security, strategic communication and psychological resilience together with good local partners. The project is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ukrainian experts – political psychologist professor Lidia Smol, conflict psychologist Dr. Iryna Brunova-Kalisetska, journalist Valeria Pimkina and media expert Tatyana Kolosova – will talk about the situation in their country at the Estonian Opinion Festival 2019 Global Estonia area on Saturday, August 10 at 12:00-13:30.

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