Taking FDR's first 100 days as a model, the Kyiv Post outlines five areas where Viktor Yushchenko's attention should focused:
- Remove Visas for Americans and Europeans to demonstrate Ukraine's openness and spur spending by foreign visitors.
- Face down corruption and prosecute it wherever it occurs. The paper suggests that cracking down on low-level officials in order to bring the "generals" into line.
- Privatize industry as quickly as possible - and do not institute a long list of criteria necessary for individuals to bid. This will guard against corruption and limit the power of government while raising needed revenues.
- Let bygones be bygones. Past corruption would take years to investigate and might end up being counterproductive. Resist the temptation to prosecute election fraud.
- De-Leninize Kyiv. Taking down the statue of Lenin in the Center of Kyiv would be a powerful symbolic act.
These all seem very good points. I imagine that the new president will have an easier time with some than with others. It would be relatively easy to pull down a statue or announce an intention to forgo prosecution of his political enemies and old Kuchma cronies. But privatizing companies without the oligarchs getting their cut will prove to be a tough fight.