Category Archives: Corruption

In Time-Tested Spoiler Tactic, Russian Opposition Candidates Face Rivals With The Same Names

“This is the only way these crooks can fight against me,” Boris Vishnevsky said about two rival candidates with the exact same names.

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Court headed by graft suspect suspends ruling on Naftogaz CEO

Ukraine’s most controversial court on June 18 blocked an order to fire the new CEO of state hydrocarbon monopoly Naftogaz, Yuriy Vitrenko. In April, the Cabinet of Ministers fired former Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev and replaced him with Vitrenko. Naftogaz and Ukraine’s western partners criticized the dismissal, saying it violated Ukraine’s corporate governance norms. On June 15, the National Agency

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Ukraine’s choice: corruption or growth

UkraineAlert by Willem Buiter Since it regained independence in 1991, Ukraine has exhibited systematic economic under-performance. The main driver behind this thirty-year record of disappointing growth is bad governance and, more specifically, corruption. Comparisons of Ukraine’s economy since 1992 with neighboring Poland and Russia illustrate this problem. In 1992, GDP per capita in Poland was USD 2,459. By 2019, this

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White House freezes Ukraine military aid package: report

18 June, 2021 – By Thomas Barrabi | Fox News The package is valued at as much as $100 million. The White House has placed a temporary hold on a military aid package for Ukraine that included an arsenal of lethal weapons, according to a report Friday. The package is valued at as much as $100 million and could have included an assortment of weaponry, including

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EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden-linked firm allegedly offered Ukraine official ‘access’ to Hillary campaign

4 June, 2021 – By Brooke Singman | Fox News Blue Star Strategies, the lobbying firm linked to Hunter Biden and Burisma, reportedly under federal investigation for potential illegal lobbying. EXCLUSIVE:  Former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko told former Obama State Department official George Kent he had been “pitched” by a Hunter Biden and Burisma-linked lobbying firm to give him “access” to “high levels”

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Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveaway

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow March 10, 2011. Biden is on the second day of an official visit meeting top officials in the Russian capital. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA – Tags: POLITICS) (Reuters)

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Kleptocracy Threatens Democracy

Edward Lucas Democracies do not fully realize the scale of the threat. This week I will be giving evidence to a hearing on Capitol Hill on “Understanding Authoritarianism and Kleptocracy in Russia”. I’m delighted that U.S. lawmakers take the issue seriously. I wish other people did too, notably in Germany, where the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline exemplifies Russia’s penetration

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Austrian leader Sebastian Kurz investigated by corruption inquiry

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said he is being investigated by anti-corruption prosecutors over allegations that he made false statements to a parliamentary commission. MPs have been investigating claims of nepotism, including the appointment of party loyalist Thomas Schmid as head of Austria’s state holding company. WhatsApp messages on Mr Schmid’s phone suggest Mr Kurz may have more to answer

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Is Ukraine about to cut the Gordian knot of judicial reform?

UkraineAlert by John Lough Ukraine’s old “judicial corporation” is facing a serious challenge to its monopoly of power. Under pressure from its international partners, the Zelenskyy administration is again pushing to overhaul the procedures for appointing members of Ukraine’s 21-member High Council of Justice. The Council has overall responsibility for recruiting and disciplining judges. Until now, the Council of Judges,

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Fairytales for MPs: what Venediktova lied about in her speech in the Verkhovna Rada

Originally published on Zn.ua According to the latest social polling, more than 70% of citizens do not trust the Prosecutor General’s Office. Even more eloquent is level of trust to the Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova personally. Only 5% of citizens trust her, which is even less than in the Russian propaganda media (8.4%). In autumn last year, Volodymyr Zelenskyi stated

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US State Department gives award to ex-Ukrainian prosecutor general

The U.S. Department of State on Feb. 23 launched a new International Anti-Corruption Champions Award and gave it to a number of individuals including ex-Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Riaboshapka. “Around the world, corruption threatens security and stability, hinders economic growth, undermines democracy and human rights, destroys trust in public institutions, facilitates transnational crime, and siphons away public and private resources,” Secretary

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Ukraine harshly criticized in European Parliament’s report on Association Agreement implementation

The European Parliament approved a resolution on Ukraine’s implementation of the Association Agreement: corruption inhibiting reforms, lack of political will to ensure the independence of judicial institutions, and more – Ukraine has been harshly criticized. The resolution was supported by 676 MPs. The results of the vote, which took place on Wednesday evening as part of the plenary session of

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1 in 4 Russians Watched Navalny’s ‘Putin Palace’ Investigation – Poll

More than one out of every four Russians, or 26%, have watched opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s recent investigation into President Vladimir Putin’s alleged $1.3 billion palace, according to a poll by the independent Levada Center published Monday. Navalny’s team released the in-depth YouTube investigation — which alleges that Putin and his close associates laundered money to build the opulent Black

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Controversial oligarch Firtash allegedly opened illegal accounts through shady German bank

Fugitive Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash is at the heart of yet another international scandal, German media Stern and Capital reported on Jan. 27.  According to internal emails obtained by Stern and Capital, Firtash had a series of accounts in Wirecard, an insolvent German bank, whose top staff was arrested or implicated in criminal proceedings last year. German officials are investigating Firtash’s accounts for reported

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Taras Kozak has been connected with “LPR / DPR” since 2014 through his Cyprus company

On February 2, 2021, Volodymyr Zelensky imposed sanctions on Taras Kozak, Member of Parliament of the OPzZH and right-hand man of Viktor Medvedchuk, and eight legal entities, where he is indicated as a beneficial owner. These companies own three TV channels – ZIK, NewsOne and 112 Ukraine. Meanwhile, the media learned from sources in the SBU and the NSDC that

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