Category Archives: Corruption

Putin’s Relative Elected as Head of Anti-Corruption Party

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first cousin once removed was elected on Sunday to head the People Against Corruption political party, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported. Roman Putin, son of President Putin’s cousin Igor, said he aimed to run with the party in the upcoming regional elections in September, and then in the elections to the State Duma, where

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Ukraine’s central bank chief resigns leaving Zelenskyy’s reform credentials in tatters

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund Ukraine’s reform agenda suffered a serious blow on July 1 when Yakiv Smolii, the highly respected governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), resigned due to what he called “systematic political pressure.” At a time when a wide range of Ukrainian reforms are facing rollbacks and reversals, Smolii and his reformist colleagues at the NBU

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Ukraine sold 18 tons of medical masks to Russia during Covid-19 pandemic, – ex-MP

18:10, 26 June 2020 – 112 UA The data state that Ukraine first sold 80 tons of masks to China in January-February and then bought Chinese ones in March. Ukraine exported more than 500 tons of medical masks prior to the coronavirus epidemic: 18 of them – to Russia. At the same time, Moscow was buying masks for less price than other

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Zelensky’s undoing

He doesn’t know it yet, and his approval ratings certainly don’t suggest it yet, but President Volodymyr Zelensky looks finished politically — a one-termer in the making. And the cause of his demise will be the same rake that he and all of his predecessors stepped on: Lack of rule of law, the politicization of law enforcement and the criminal

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Our new team investigating London’s role in international corruption

Have you ever wondered to what extent top-paid business execs, lawyers and political advisors in the UK’s capital are enabling oligarchs and dictators around the world? Granted, it may not feel like a pressing concern for most of us day-to-day. But the City of London is the home of international finance and when that involves money laundering, sanctions evasion and

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Ukraine’s courts are trying to jail a corruption fighter, but a sea of public support is getting in the way

Article by: Olena Makarenko Scuffles between protesters and police erupted in Kyiv on 15 June as a court was choosing the preventive measure for Serhiy Sternenko, a corruption fighter from Odesa charged with murder for an incident when he defended himself from the third armed attack on himself. Sternenko tore up the decision for a measure of detention as soon

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Russian hypersonic missiles manufacturer under investigation for fraud

One of Russia’s leading military corporations may be implicated in large-scale fraud. Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has started investigation into the fact that for 16 years the Russian JSC Tactical Missile Weapons Corporation, actively working on the development of hypersonic weapons, cruise missiles, coastal missile systems, etc., was receiving money for the use of software, which simply did not

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Power To The Putin: What’s In Russia’s Constitutional Reforms Package?

June 11, 2020 04:27 GMT – RFE/RL Russian President Vladimir Putin has introduced a package of constitutional reforms that would potentially allow him to remain in power until 2036, but that’s not all that’s changing. One official compared the package to a fixed-price meal. We took a look at what surprises Russians are being served along with their borsch and

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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

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E-mail voting to be possible in Russia

21:13, 24 May 2020 – 112 New rules will be applied to local and governor elections. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on the possibility of distant voting in elections and referendums at all levels. The text of the document is published on the official Internet portal of legal information. The possibility of electronic voting, as well as voting by mail, is

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Ukraine: Protesters gather in Kyiv, demanding Zelensky stop surrender to Russia (Photos)

23:59, 24 May 2020 KYIV – UNIAN 2020 About 500 people took part in the event. A rally dubbed “Ukraine will resist” was held in Kyiv on Sunday, May 24, as part of the No Surrender initiative; protesters demanded that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “stop the policy of surrender to Russia.” Participants in the event were holding national flags, however,

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Health ministry takes heat for delayed delivery of biohazard suits

By Igor Kossov. A growing scandal has engulfed the Ministry of Health, raising the old specter of corruption that has haunted it for decades.  Controversy already surrounded the ministry’s decision to halt a domestic tender for protective suits and instead have different suits delivered from China at almost twice the cost. These suits were supposed to arrive in Ukraine on May

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Zelensky seeks probe over leaked audio of Biden linking US aid to Ukraine prosecutor’s ouster

20 May, 2020 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for an investigation Wednesday of leaked recordings purportedly depicting then-Vice President Joe Biden telling Zelensky’s predecessor Petro Poroshenko that his country would receive U.S. aid once top prosecutor Viktor Shokin was replaced. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee already has acknowledged such an arrangement publicly. But the leaked audio revived criticism that Biden was engaged in a kind of

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