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June 27, 2022

“Еmpire” of corruption and “spectacle”

Writes: Bardhyl Zaimi


Former Prime Minister Gruevski remains inaccessible to justice authorities. He was supposed to personally receive the decision to start serving a two-year prison sentence for abuse of office in the case of buying a government luxury car in the amount of 600 thousand euros. But, apparently, the former Prime Minister Gruevski escaped serving his sentence, and the Basic Court – Skopje 1 issued a warrant for his arrest. The police, meanwhile, are looking for Gruevski, “knocking” on the door of his house, but expanding the search in front of the VMRO-DPMNE party’s headquarters. The current Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, said he did not believe that “Mr. Gruevski would allow himself such a thing, at least according to what he has said so far”. There remains an enigma where the former Prime Minister Gruevski is.

Regardless of the outcome that this event will have, one thing becomes certain, and that is that the first signs of the functioning of justice, the fight against corruption and the functioning of the institutions can be seen in Macedonia. The arrest warrant for a former prime minister is an indication that things are moving forward, despite the many weaknesses that appear all along this road to bring Nikola Gruevski behind bars.

Certainly, this final legal procedure for serving sentence pronounced by the court is accompanied by a kind of unnecessary glorification, and even by a kind of a spectacle that may distort the whole essence of punishment and turn it into group ovations. Justice leaves no room either for regret or for hatred, justice is satisfied by justice only.

The very final phase of Gruevski’s appearance in prison seems to have been distorted by “information” on the expectations before the prison “Shutka”. Of course, without excluding the possibility of hiding or escaping, this entire process may have required more attention, according to the normal outcome it was supposed to have.

It is precisely this omnipresent observation that has been passed on to the social networks that has brought to the surface another phenomenon that is related to the bizarre partisan logic, for which Gruevski has no problem, which points to a kind of future typical servility as we had the opportunity to see at the time of the former prime minister, who should serve a sentence for his bad performance.

The philosopher and essayist György Konrad (George Konrad) says that ideologies need hatred, a passionate hatred. It is these ideological irrationalities that Konrad deals with in his book “Antipolitics”. And we already see that the “flag” of the public noise is held by people who at the time of Gruevski’s rule were silent and never said a contradictory word against the regime. On the contrary, many of them profited at that time, and today, with lots of “finesse”, they take on the role of dissidents.

Undoubtedly, this “new” transformation to stick with the “winners”, with the current government, requires an increase in decibels to show loyalty, and the goal and logic remain the same: power.

Nikola Gruevski is only the tip of the iceberg, as it is said, in the “empire” of crime and corruption. The ten-year rule cannot be identified with only one person, be it the prime minister. This “empire” remains dark and with many “Russian dolls”, which should be followed up to the end of the abuses that are counted in millions of euros. This process does not require a spectacle and “party” ovations that now want to stick through “the anger that they do not have in their heart”, as Shakespeare says in one verse of Hamlet.

But it seems that the political “theatre” remains inevitable. However, a step forward in the establishment of justice has been made. Much more work remains to be done to “cure” the metastases of enormous corruption. The “Empire” case is one of them. Reforms in the judiciary remain constant recommendations of the EU. In a program on one national television, the EU Ambassador Samuel Zbogar said he expected much deeper reforms in the field of judiciary. There seems to be no place for “praise” regardless of the outcome that the Gruevski case will have.


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