President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sept. 30 appointed to the High Council of Justice a daughter of a top prosecutor who served ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, preferring her to several candidates with a reputation for integrity.
Zelensky’s appointment of Oksana Blazhyvska has triggered indignation among anti-corruption activists. She is a daughter of Yevhen Blazhyvsky, an ex-deputy of Yanukovych’s infamous Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka. Moreover, Blazhyvska has violated professional ethics and integrity standards and asset declaration rules, according to the AutoMaidan anti-corruption watchdog, the Anti-Corruption Action Center, the DEJURE legal think tank and Transparency International Ukraine.
Blazhyvska and the Presidential Office did not respond to repeated requests for comment.