“External Governance” Narrative

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Recently Deputy Head of the President’s Office O.Tatarov spoke about “external governance” when commenting on anti-corruption structures in Ukraine.

This is one of the most prolific and potent #KremlinNarratives.

According to the recent study by Democratic Initiatives Foundation-Фонд “Демократичні Ініціативи”, 45% of Ukrainians think that working with IMF puts the country under “external governance”.

We have long observed this narrative that originated in Russia and was effectively exported to Ukraine.

“Extenal governance” is actively and constantly promoted not only by Russian high ranking political actors, but by pro-Russian forces in Ukraine as well.

The main danger of this narrative is that it sows discord into Ukraine’s relations with its international partners, which is Kremlin’s goal.