Ukraine-watchers were head scratching again last week trying to find a balanced way to report on news that there had been a change of Finance Minister. Gone is Mr Danilyuk and in his stead – Oksana Markarova.
While some of the hot takes decided this must be bad news, as Danilyuk is generally respected by Ukraine’s international partners, this is perhaps a little dismissive of Ms. Markarova before she’s even got her feet under the table. According to the gossip, Markorova is a reformist and is keen to continue the policy of working together with groups like the IMF and World Bank. She is also talking about accelerating reform of the tax and customs administrations.
Now that’s not a bad replacement should the busy baba network turn out to have the right info. Of course we’ll be watching.