Corruption

US assistant secretary says Ukraine makes progress, but necessary to eradicate systemic corruption

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Ukraine has made efforts to fight corruption, but much more needs to be done to meet the stated goals of European integration, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kirsten Madison has said. She reminded that after the EuroMaidan Revolution, the government outlined an ambitious reform plan for itself...

Washington expects Kyiv soon to launch anti-corruption court

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Washington expects Kyiv soon to fulfill its promises and launch the work of the High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC), U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kirsten Madison has said. She said at a briefing in Kyiv on Oct. 19 after a meeting with Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine ...

Foreign Intelligence Service head: No legal grounds to suspend Semochko from office

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Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine (FIS) Yehor Bozhok has said that there are no legal grounds to suspend from office his first deputy, Serhiy Semochko, against whom the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is checking information in a criminal case on high treason. “There are...

US Assistant Secretary of State Madison to discuss fight against corruption in Kyiv

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Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Kirsten D. Madison will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, and Copenhagen, Denmark, October 17-23, to participate in anti-corruption focused events and discussions. “While in Ukraine, Assistant Secretary Madiso...

Time: A Ukrainian who faked his own death was recently found living in a castle with a Rolls Royce

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French police arrested an unnamed “high-profile” Ukrainian who used forged death certificates to evade the authorities, Europol said in a statement on Oct.16. Read more here. The post Time: A Ukrainian who faked his own death was recently found living in a castle with a Rolls Royce appeared first...

Fiscal service in 2018 opens 20 criminal proceedings against citizens offering bribes

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Internal security divisions of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine in 2018 opened 20 criminal proceedings against citizens offering bribes to the employees of the authority, the State Fiscal Service has reported on its website. Since early 2018, the internal security divisions of the State Fiscal...

112.ua: NABU says Prosecutor General caught on bribe of $15 thousand

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The detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine exposed the Prosecutor of Department for Supervision of Compliance with Laws in Criminal Procedure and Coordination of Law Enforcement Activities of the Prosecutor General’s office on the bribe of $15 thousand. The press office of N...

Poroshenko’s confusing bank raises questions and faces NBU scrutiny

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 That a major commercial bank here in Ukraine would choose to locate most of its ATMs throughout Roshen confectionery shops and factories might seem strange, but for International Investment Bank, or IIB – 60 percent owned by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko – that’s where the confusion...

Journalists uncover luxury houses, Russian citizenship of top intelligence officer’s family

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The family of a top officer of the Foreign Intelligence Service have Russian passports and have acquired expensive real estate in the past four years, according to an investigation by Ukrainian journalists. Journalists from the Bihus.info website found that relatives of Serhiy Semochko, first dep...

NABU opens case against top-ranking intelligence official

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The National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) of Ukraine has opened unlawful enrichment proceedings against Serhiy Semochko, a first deputy chief of the Foreign Intelligence Service and formerly the chief of the Ukrainian Security Service’s economic counterintelligence department, NABU Directo...

Human Rights Watch: Address attacks against activists and human rights defenders in Ukraine

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More than 50 attacks on activists and human rights defenders in Ukraine have been recorded by local human rights organizations in just the last nine months, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House and Frontline Defenders said today. Those under attack include people working to de...

New York Times: Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from his father

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President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found. Read more here. The post New York Times: Trump engaged in suspect tax sch...

112.ua: Ukrainian Army Colonel detained for extortion, bribetaking

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A Ukrainian Army Colonel was busted with extortion and bribe-taking. The incident took place in Khmelnytsky region, central Ukraine, the press service of the Western Region’s Military Prosecutor’s Office says. The senior officer of the Moral and Psychological Support Department of the...

Poll: Ukrainians say bribe problem worse now than in 2015

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Despite government promises to tackle corruption, Ukrainians say they encounter bribery even more frequently in 2018 than they did in 2015, according to a study published on Sept. 25.  A joint study by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology and Pact, an international non-profit, found that...

Poltava court acquits former official who tried to bribe whistleblower judge

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Whistleblower judge Larysa Golnyk lost another round in her fight against Ukraine’s dysfunctional judicial system on Sept. 24 when a court in Poltava acquitted a former deputy mayor, Dmytro Trykhna, whom she had filmed offering her a bribe.           Under the shouts “Shame!” and “Corrupt court!”...

Lutsenko’s dismal record at odds with his boasts

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Subjected to a political trial in 2012, then-opposition politician Yuriy Lutsenko would spit in the face of his prosecutors and tell jokes about them while sitting in the defendant’s cage in court. Fast forward six years, one of which Lutsenko spent in prison, and the former defendant becomes the...

112.ua: Court arrests property of Infrastructure Minister Omelyan

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Solomianskyi District Court of Kyiv arrested the property of Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure, as Yana Kvitchenko, the press secretary of court, said in the commentary for 112 Ukraine. Read more here. The post 112.ua: Court arrests property of Infrastructure Minister Omelyan appe...

RFE/RL: European Rights Court orders Ukraine to refrain from accessing RFE/RL journalist’s cell-p...

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered the Ukrainian government not to access any data from the cell phone of RFE/RL investigative reporter Natalya Sedletska. Read more here. The post RFE/RL: European Rights Court orders Ukraine to refrain from accessing RFE/RL journalist’s c...

Independent: Journalism under threat and corruption prevails in Ukraine, despite IMF demands

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The European Court of Human Rights may become involved in a case which will have a profound impact on the freedom of the media in Ukraine and efforts to tackle the endemic corruption which continues to grip the country four years after a revolution which was meant to usher in transparency and jus...

The Economist: ‘Moneyland’ is an urgent exposé of the world of mega-wealth

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From the outside, 29 Harley Street looks like any other office block in central London. But it is an entry port to Moneyland, Oliver Bullough’s term for a virtual country populated by the mega-rich and their hangers-on. The building came to prominence when Ukrainian anti-corruption campaigners in...

112.ua: Court releases Omelyan on parole, obliges him to hand over travel passport

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Solomensky District Court of Kyiv released on parole Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan accused of illicit enrichment and declaration of false information as 112 Ukraine reported. Read more here. The post 112.ua: Court releases Omelyan on parole, obliges him to hand over travel ...

Reuters: Ukrainian minister under investigation over cash pile, BMW

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Ukraine’s infrastructure minister, who shepherded the entry of low-cost carrier Ryanair into the country this year, is under investigation by anti-corruption detectives on suspicion of illegal enrichment, national investigators said. Read more here. The post Reuters: Ukrainian minister under inve...

Omelyan rejects accusations against him, not going to resign

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Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan rejects corruption charges brought against him and says he is not going to resign. “I categorically refute all the accusations and charges brought against me. I will defend my name, honor and dignity in a legal way, and I will demand th...

Meduza: Russia’s ruling political party may have bitten off more than it can chew with Natalia Po...

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Russia’s ruling political party is learning that it won’t be easy to silence Natalia Poklonskaya, the former Crimea attorney general now serving in the State Duma, and the only United Russia deputy to vote against controversial draft legislation that would raise the country’s retirement age. Hour...

112.ua: Ukrainian MP Oleh Lyashko suspected in illicit enrichment (VIDEO)

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Leader of Ukraine’s Radical Party Oleh Lyashko may face prosecution, as the anti-corruption authorities suspect him of the illegal enrichment and entering his incomes data short. The Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau intend to bring Lyashko to jus...