Contents tagged with Corruption

  • Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk survives no-confidence vote

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk survived a no-confidence vote shortly after Ukrainian MPs voiced their dissatisfaction over the Cabinet’s work. The vote came hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked Yatsenyuk to resign, saying that the public had lost trust in his ability to fight corruption.

    “Is it not clear that successful reforms can only be conducted by a government that enjoys sufficiently high public support?” Poroshenko stated.

    The Prime Minister arrived in the …

  • Berlin: Kiev must continue to Pursue Reforms

    Against the backdrop of accusations of corruption in Ukraine, the Government of Germany warned the authorities in Kiev that a deviation from the initial course of reforms would have consequences. “The scandal surrounding the resignation of the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Aivaras Abromavičius should be a wake-up call for Kiev,” a representative of the German Foreign Ministry said on the 15th of February.

    “We insist that the Ukrainian leadership, Ukrainian Parliament, …

  • Vitaliy Kasko Resigns as Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine

    Vitaliy Kasko has resigned from his post as the Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine. Kasko announced this at a recent briefing attended by an RBC-Ukraine correspondent, who reported Kasko as stating, “I have decided to resign from the Prosecutor’s Office. Here is my resignation notice, signed February 15th.” According to him, he consulted with foreign partners before making a final decision.

    “I consulted with our foreign partners, who have been supporting me morally for all this time. We came …

  • Son of Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Accused of Corruption

    A video of a conversation about the state procurement of backpacks for the use of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine was posted to YouTube. One of the participants in the conversation looks like the son of the Minister of Internal Affairs (MIA), Alexander Avakov, another one looks like the former Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Sergey Chebotar.

    This video was allegedly shot with a hidden camera in the office of Sergey Chebotar. Before he was fired in May 2015, he was in charge of …

  • G7 Ambassadors make statement in support of Ukrainian government's fight against corruption

    The G7 Ambassadors have issued a statement in support of the basic objectives and state policy principles set forth by the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers.

    The statement was posted on the website of the Japanese Embassy in Ukraine.

     “Ambassadors have welcomed the announcement made by the Cabinet of Ministers regarding the main objectives and principles of the state policy, particularly those concerning zero tolerance with regard to political interference and corruption,” the statement said. …

  • Poroshenko submits package of laws required to implement EU visa-free regime

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has submitted a package of three laws to the Verkhovna Rada which are aimed at helping Ukraine comply with the requirements for the introduction of a visa-free regime with the European Union (EU).  This was reported by the presidential press service.

    According to the report, one of these laws was named "On amendments to the law 'On Prosecutor's Office' concerning ensuring transparency in the organization of work of the Specialized Anti-Corruption …

  • Russian Court Strikes down Navalny's Lawsuit against Putin

    The Tver Court of Moscow refused to accept the claim of the founder of the Fight against Corruption Fund, Alexei Navalny, against Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Friday, February 12th, the decision of Judge Tatyana Molitvinaya appeared on the court's web site. It says that in accordance with the Constitution, "the Russian president has immunity."

    As the judge indicated, in the scope of administrative legal proceedings, no requirements can be made of the head of the State "because it would …

  • Ukraine to Transfer Customs Administration to Foreign Firms

    The Cabinet of Ministers intends to transfer the customs administration of Volyn, Lviv, Chernivtsi and Transcarpathia to specialized foreign companies, as announced by the Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    "We want to attract companies that have experience in the fight against corruption at customs, which can absolutely change the customs service system and bring a new management system.  The new system should provide for the simplification of obtaining customs …

  • Ukrainian Prosecutor General's office releases details on state funds appropriated by Yanukovych officials

    In 2015, Ukraine didn't return a single penny of the assets stolen by the former government officials during the reign of fugitive former President, Viktor Yanukovych, said Deputy Prosecutor General, Vitaliy Kasko, in an interview with LІ

    According to Kasko, 300,000 hryvnia had been returned, though none of this had been a part of the assets of former officials.

    The Deputy Prosecutor General said the budget contains provisions relating to refunds resulting from corruption all the way …

  • Aivaras Abromavičius met with Saakashvili before his Resignation

    The Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Aivaras Abromavičius, who recently resigned from his position, explained the reason for his meeting with the Governor of Odessa Oblast, Mikheil Saakashvili, on the eve of his resignation.

    “I appointed Saakashvili as the Chairperson of the Council on State-Owned Business Reforms before he was appointed as the Governor of Odessa-Oblast.  That is why I have a close relationship with him and we fight together against corruption in State- …