Contents tagged with corruption in Ukraine

  • US ambassador: Those who fight corruption are heroes, but the adherents of old Ukraine have gone to war with them

    US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch wrote an article for Novoye Vremya advocating the creation of an Anti-Corruption Court and the reformation of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP).

    “Four years after Maidan, the question is haunting: isn’t the urge to bring Ukraine into the future fading? Political attacks on the NABU (National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine) and SAP (Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine) hinder their ability to take down …

  • Top-official from the Yanukovych era was appointed to Ukraine's anti-corruption committee

    A corrupt official from the era of former President Viktor Yanukovych, Andriy Skibiak, was appointed as a chief consultant to the anti-corruption committee, as reported by the Anti Corruption Action Centre on their Facebook page.

    It was noted that Skibiak worked for the Lviv tax authorities, then later in the tax service of the Transcarpathian region, and in 2007 he became the Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations under Nestor Shufrych. Skibiak then worked as the first deputy head of the …

  • Swiss ambassador: corruption is the main hurdle for investors in Ukraine

    Corruption and the absence of the rule of law in Ukraine are serious problems for potential foreign investors, stated the Swiss Ambassador to Ukraine and Moldova, Guillaume Scheurer, during his interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

    "Corruption is an issue. It is a fact that there is no respect for the rule of law. These are the two elements that make many businessmen somehow uncertain about coming to Ukraine. They are ready to deal with competition, business issues and production problems, but not …

  • EU accuses Prosecutor’s General Office of undermining operation of Ukrainian anti-Corruption Bureau

    On Tuesday evening, the European External Action Service (EEAS) distributed a statement signed by press secretary Maya Kosyanchich on the state of the fight against corruption in Ukraine. The document was published on the official EEAS website.

    In this statement, for the first time, the EU sided with the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) in the conflict between Ukraine’s law enforcement structures, and blamed the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (GPU) for exacerbating the …

  • US expresses concern over arrest of the employees of Anti-Corruption Bureau in Ukraine

    The US State Department stated that arrests of employees of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) could undermine the international support provided to Ukraine.

    "Recent events in Ukraine, including the disruption of the high-level corruption investigation, the arrest of NABU employees, and the seizure of NABU’s classified files cast doubts about Ukraine's commitment to fighting corruption," as indicated in the Department’s statement.

    It was underlined in the State Department …

  • Ukrainian MP: West must shoulder its share of responsibility for corruption in Ukraine

    Western countries are a little dishonest when they blame rampant corruption solely on Ukraine because they often themselves provide cover for Ukrainian oligarchs and other super-rich, as stated by a member of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament of Ukraine), Hanna Hopko, to LB.ua.

    “When our western partners reprimand us and point to Ukrainian oligarchs who continue to hold a strong grip on the country, in particular, on the energy sector, I always ask: aren’t they often citizens of EU countries?  …

  • US Senator: Russia benefits from Ukrainian corruption

    US Senator Chris Murphy has shared impressions from a recent trip to Ukraine, Voice of America reports.

    The purpose of the trip to Ukraine was to “learn more about the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and how the United States can support our allies in eastern Europe against an increasingly aggressive Russia," Senator Murphy wrote on the website Medium.

    During the trip, he delivered a speech at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, where he noticed that his students were concerned …

  • Prosecutor General of Ukraine investigates the financing of some Ukrainian regional governments with Yanukovych’s money

    The Prosecutor General's Office (GPU) is investigating the funding of the former heads of the Regional State Administration of the Khmelnytskyi and Rivne regions, Vasyl Yadukha and Vasyl Bertash, from the so-called black accounting department of the Party of Regions, Ukrainski Novyny reports, citing court documents.

    The Prosecutor General's Office asked the court to provide access to documents which are currently at Khmelnytskyi and Rivne regional administrations and which contain samples of …

  • Politician: Only a fraction of the money stolen by Yanukovych was returned to the Ukrainian budget

    The billions that Yanukovych obtained by corruption were invested in domestic government bonds. The story of the bonds did not end with Yanukovych’s flight from Ukraine. Only a small part of this stolen money was returned to the Ukrainian budget, writes Yehor Firsov, head of the Alternativa political movement wrote about this in his article for ZN.UA. The author notes that the bonds were used not only as a tool for storing funds but also for withdrawing money from state-owned banks.

    "State …

  • National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine to create special unit for investigation within Ministry of Defense

    The National Anti-Corruption Bureau intends to create a special unit to investigate corruption in the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, as indicated on Tuesday, October 17th, the director of the NABU, Artem Sytnik, in Brussels, UNIAN reports.

    "We have completed the creation of detective units and we will now have a separate unit that deal specifically with the Ministry of Defense. This is a huge budget, the biggest budget in the state, and therefore we will pay a lot of attention to it," he said. …