Is blood thicker than money ?

I think Russia and Ukraine may re-unite in the years to come. It’s quite plausible.

I predict that Ukraine will do so willingly following a few more years of economic coercion by the Russians.

Some other questions I’m debating include;

In terms of its citizens, are Russian’s and Ukrainian’s actually ‘brothers’ and ’sisters’?

Well, polls I have seen suggest that Ukrainian’s view Russian’s in a favourable light.

While I understand the ideology, Ukrainian politicians will tow the line of protecting their sovereignty because they would not be able to reap ‘corruption dollars’ if they are swallowed by Putin and Russia.

Perhaps a ‘merger’ is better for the Ukrainian citizens but not for the corrupt elite and more so, the politicians?

Ukraine is Europe’s most corrupt nation, ranking 122nd out of 180. Russia isn’t any better with a rank of 136.

https://www.transparency.org/en/cpi/2021?

It would be foolish to believe that people become politicians in highly corrupt nations driven by an urge of public service.

Let’s take the current Ukraine 🇺🇦 political set-up.

President Zelensky was a comedian and sitcom actor.

He is funny.

In 2003, Zelensky co-founded a television entertainment production company called LLC Kvartal 95.

One of his best mates from childhood, Ivan Bakano was the head of LLC Kvartal 95.

In May 2019, Bakanov was appointed as First Deputy Chief of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), while Vasyl Hrytsak was the Head of the Security Service.

Following this announcement, Hrytsak went on vacation, and Bakanov began to perform his duties.

Hrytsak never returned to his post in the SBU and Zelensky officially appointed Bakanov as his successor on 29 August 2019.

The star of the TV shows is now the President and his childhood friend is the head of the intelligence services.

The October 2021 Pandora Papers revealed that Bakanov and Zelensky and his chief aide, Serhiy Shefir (another co-founder of the TV production company), operated a network of offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, and Belize. These companies included some that owned expensive London property.

On February 1, 2022, Boris Johnson meets Zelensky in Kyiv offering aid to the tune of GBP 1.7 billion pounds to help build naval bases. Johnson also said the U.K. will provide an additional GBP 2 billion pounds for joint infrastructure and energy projects.

The news flow actually carries onto other promises too.

You couldn’t make up this stuff.

Irrespective, how the media frames the current palaver, does Johnson think building naval bases can be completed quick enough to pose a deterrent to the current situation?

Hey Boris, building naval bases isn’t a quick proposition.

Secondly, I bet British taxpayers won’t be too impressed with this.

Let’s see how much of British naval base building money makes its way into bank accounts controlled by Zelensky, Bakanov & Shefir.

February 21, 2022

by Rob Zdravevski

rob@karriasset.com.au

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