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Stalin’s Legacy Is Choking The Ukrainian Economy

The government has resisted pressure to lift a ban on land sales, despite pressure from the IMF and investors
Driving a harvester on farmland in Ukraine leased by Mriya Agro

It could be a picture of rural prosperity: Workers steer grumbling trucks and red harvesters as high as houses, churning 1,400 acres of snowy farmland into thick, black mud. The early winter scene, about 250 miles west of Kiev, instead illustrates Ukraine’s failure to drag its most historically significant industry into the 21st century.

Mriya Agro Holding Plc, the company hauling away the last of the sugar beet crop on the land, owns none of the wide-open field, a patchwork of 270 individual plots that it leases for three years to five years each. The landowners, who were bequeathed the property after the fall of communism, aren’t allowed to sell,

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