Ukraine official spins mouse tale to highlight corruption

A Ukrainian official’s announcement that mice had eaten some 30 million dollars worth of grain in the state reserves – enough to fill some 2,700 containers – has stirred a wave of concern in the country.

Mykhaylo Apostol, an adviser to the interior minister, quickly clarified that he was really talking about shortages caused by corruption and that his reference to mice – who “have names, job titles and must be brought to account in line with the law” – was intended to draw attention to a problem ignored for decades.

Most people responded with mirthful disbelief on social media.

Entrepreneur Roman Grabezhov laid out long calculations to argue that it would take “almost a billion mice” to eat that much grain and a popular Facebook community Baba i Kit featured a mugshot of Mickey Mouse holding a sign and admitting to his guilt.

But others said the situation was far from funny.

Corruption in Ukraine is a massive problem which has been compounding the country’s challenges in dealing with Russia’s incursion into its territory since 2014 and the coronavirus pandemic.

Second most corrupt in Europe

In 2019, Ukraine ranked 126th out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index – making it the second most corrupt country in Europe after Russia.

President Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration came into power last year vowing to tackle the issue, but has not reached all its anti-corruption targets.

A much-needed 5.5-billion-dollar loan from the International Monetary Fund, which is crucial to the country’s economic recovery, has been dependent on such reforms.

State reserve is ‘only 3% full’

The shortage of grain was discovered during an audit of the State Reserve and a criminal case has been launched into it.

The “safety net of a country of 40 million people has been blatantly stolen and sold,” Apostol said.

Ukraine’s state reserves are empty,” the Zerkalo Nedeli website reported.

Zerkalo Nedeli also pointed out that the former head of the State Reserve Agency, Yaroslav Pohorilyy, who had initiated and carried out spot checks in state companies that were part of the State Reserve, had been dismissed in May without clear grounds or any explanation.

In an interview with the site, Pohorilyy said agency audits had shown “blatant abuses, large losses… and [that] the state reserve itself is only 3 per cent full”.

Reporting by Yana Lyushnevskaya

(c) BBC

8 comments

  • This has nothing to do with nice, but a nest of filthy rats lead by this guy.

    Liked by 5 people

  • Zelensky brought corruption to a new level.

    Liked by 4 people

  • The Mouse King’s vassals at it again.

    Liked by 4 people

  • It has been well known in Ukraine for many years that the companies who run the grain elevators; some of which are private, some partly govt-owned, are virtually all as bent as fuck. When a big order is received, truck loads of product surplus to the order disappear into the night to hidden storage facilities and then get sold off; very likely to putlerstan. All this means that the directors of the elevators have flash cars, model-type wives and beautiful homes hidden away in the countryside. These homes have all the trappings of rich crooks: swimming pools, exotic animals, landscaped gardens, security men etc etc.
    But again it must be stressed that this activity goes way back. Zel has done nothing about it, neither did Poro, Yuliya, Yushchenko or anyone else. Under putler butt boy Yanukovich it increased dramatically. One of the ways he thieved his $billions was via cronies in the elevators.
    Foreign companies are involved also in this lucrative business.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    “The shortage of grain was discovered during an audit of the State Reserve and a criminal case has been launched into it.”
    “The “safety net of a country of 40 million people has been blatantly stolen and sold,” Apostol said.
    “Ukraine’s state reserves are empty,” the Zerkalo Nedeli website reported.

    And, what will come of it? Will there be repercussions?
    Under the TV clown, no.
    What will it take to put so much filth that runs free in Ukraine behind bars?

    Liked by 4 people

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