Most European citizens might not know who Oleksandr Klymenko is, but everyone in Ukraine certainly does. Klymenko is a former Minister of Revenues and Duties of Ukraine, who was placed under sanctions upon recommendations of the Ukrainian government.
The former Ukrainian minister is reaching out to the European Institutions and their leadership in an innovative way that will both turn heads, and retain people’s’ attention in Brussels. The most effective communication is often achieved in the simplest ways, and while a Youtube video is not a traditional way to approach Europe’s leadership, it is certainly effective.
Klymenko also details his case in an Op-Ed entitled: EU: judge, jury, executioner.
His video, seen below,
Klymenko has run a similar campaign in Ukraine, and the video will certainly be watched by everyone in the EU upper echelon who deals with Ukraine, but the burning question: how will they react?
In the video, which aims to bring humour to his very difficult situation, Klymenko is seen going through door after door, to the European Court of Human Rights, to the European Commission, to the European Council, but winding up exactly where he started.
“It’s impossible that the citizen should not have the right to defend himself”, his lawyer says.
Klymenko claims that the European Union has placed him under sanctions without ever hearing his case. “I have exhausted legal remedies, and I have no hope for objectivity from Ukrainian law enforcement,” Klymenko says in the video.
The video certainly raises some legitimate questions. Will the EU stay silent?