Category Archives: Corruption

Ukraine Arrests Alleged Crime Boss After Six-Year Manhunt

Ukraine’s National Police have arrested alleged mafia boss Yevhen Anisimov, who has been wanted for six years on numerous charges mainly related to extorting money from businesses in the Zaporizhzhya region located in the southeastern part of the country. Anisimov, 44, was apprehended in the capital Kyiv on February 16 by an elite police unit and taken to Zaporizhzhya where

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Zelensky responds to Trump's claims: 'It's not true that Ukraine is a corrupt country'

In his first major interview since President Donald Trump was acquitted of two impeachment articles earlier this month, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky pushed back on Trump’s claims that Ukraine was corrupt and said he was willing to talk with the president again.  During an interview at the Munich Security Conference, Zelensky told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Trump’s claims of widespread corruption in Ukraine

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Oleg Sukhov: Zelensky’s reform drive appears to have stalled

By Oleg Sukhov. After he was elected president in April, Volodymyr Zelensky announced a radical overhaul of Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies to introduce the rule of law and eliminate corruption.  He said the reforms would be fast and radical. In its first weeks, the new Verkhovna Rada indeed seemed to be making great progress.  More than half a year later, many

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Ukraine down in Corruption Perceptions Index – Transparency International

The studies of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) in Ukraine showed a fall of two points, in connection with which the country fell to the 126th place in the world rating and stopped at the level of 2017, Transparency International indicates in its report. “The CPI is based on research for the past two years. Since the beginning of 2017,

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Suspect in major criminal case re-elected as court chairman

The Kyiv Administrative District Court on Jan. 21 re-elected Pavlo Vovk, a suspect in a high-profile obstruction of justice case, as its chairman, triggering a backlash from civil society. Vovk had been the court’s chairman since 2010. In August, he temporarily stepped down and was replaced by Volodymyr Keleberda. Vovk’s resignation came after he was charged with issuing unlawful rulings and obstructing justice.

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Abkhaz Leader Resigns, 'Not Going To Run' For New Term

January 13, 2020 11:49 GMT Raul Khajimba, leader of the self-proclaimed breakaway Georgian republic of Abkhazia, who resigned following four days of protests in the regional capital, Sukhumi, does not plan to take part in a new election. Separatist Vice President Aslan Bartsits told lawmakers, who accepted the resignation on January 13, that Khajimba “will continue to take part in

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Court in Ukraine rules to arrest ex-vice PM Arbuzov in absentia

The former official is on the international wanted list. The High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine on Friday, January 3, convened to select a preventive measure to be applied to former First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Serhiy Arbuzov, who was part of the team of the disgraced ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, and is being tried on corruption-related charges. “The investigating judge

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ORDIL: looting day

Why the economic crisis is deepening in the occupied Donbass As long as the fate of ORDILO is resolved in international negotiations, the economic situation in the territories under control of the militants is inevitably worsening. And according to the feelings of people living in unrecognized “republics”, the fall rate accelerated this year. If in 2015-2016 there was even a certain revival

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Ukrainian MPs strengthened their immunity from prosecution by adopting a bill meant to lift it

On 18 December, the Ukrainian parliament or Verkhovna Rada satisfied one of the main demands from society as MPs adopted a bill that stripped them of immunity from prosecution. However, it turned out that canceling the parliamentarian immunity was just in words. In fact, the new legislation made the “untouchables” even more untouchable. The expert community immediately criticized the legislation.

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Putin Stresses ‘Responsibility’ At Ruling Party Congress

November 23, 2019 13:07 GMT Russian President Vladimir (the KGB office boy) Putin told a congress of the ruling United Russia on November 23 that the party has prospered by prioritizing “citizens’ interests [and] the interests of our Motherland” and urged his allies not to fear “difficult decisions that don’t yield situational popularity and extra points at elections.” The congress

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Ukrainians know all about Trump’s corruption — and even have a special word for it

By Katya Gorchinskaya, DCReport @ RawStory– Commentary When Donald Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate his opponent Joe Biden, it wasn’t just political dirt he was trying to import to the U.S., but a whole phenomenon. It has a name in Ukraine which can be roughly translated as “problem-solving.” A whole class of people who provide that service. The

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Kremlin offers Ukraine to refuse from claims at European courts for conclusion of gas contract

16:16, 29 October 2019 Earlier the trilateral gas talks between Ukraine, Russia and EU on new gas transit contract took place Dmitry Peskov, the Spokesperson of Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Ukraine should exclude judicial claims from the agenda to reach the agreements on gas transit as TASS reported. “The positions of Russia yesterday (during the trilateral consultations of Russia, EU and Ukraine,

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Biden on son’s connection with Ukrainian gas firm: “He did not do a single thing wrong”

09:25, 28 October 2019 In response to President Trump’s ongoing calls to investigate his son further for his work with the company, Biden leveled his own challenge. Joe Biden said his son did nothing wrong while serving on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while the former vice president was serving under the Obama administration. In an interview with

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