Category Archives: Corruption

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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Russian oligarch Rotenberg claims ‘Putin’s palace’ belongs to him

In an interview with the TV channel Mash, Russian billionaire Arkady Rotenberg said he is an owner of the Palace which is believed to be indirectly owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a three-minute interview with Mash’s editor-in-chief Maxim Ixanov, Rotenberg explained that he decided to speak about it because of the scandal. “There was quite a complex object.

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Kremlin refuses to name direct owners of Putin’s Palace

The palace in Gelendzhik, which according to Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation is “indirectly owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin,” belongs to entrepreneurs whose names “the Kremlin has no right to disclose,” said Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov at a press conference on Tuesday, January 26. When asked about the palace, he noted that “this large object, it is well known in

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Ukraine could bring up Russia’s membership in PACE over Navalny’s detention

08:03, 18 January 2021 – Source : 112 Ukraine The Ukrainian delegation will focus on questioning Russia’s membership in the Assembly, – official In the light of Alexei Navalny’s recent detention in Russia, the Ukrainian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will bring up Russia’s membership in PACE for discussion. Maria Mezentseva, the head of Ukraine’s permanent

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Council Of Europe Urges Russia To Explain NGO Designation As ‘Undesirable’

January 16, 2021 15:35 GMT UPDATED January 16, 2021 17:23 GMT – By RFE/RL’s Tatar-Bashkir Service The head of the Council of Europe has expressed “great concern” after the Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe was added to the list of “undesirable” organizations in Russia. In a letter dated January 14 and obtained by RFE/RL, Council of Europe Secretary-General

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Ukraine today .org – 2020 person of the year

1 January, 2021 – UkraineToday.org – by Red Square Maidan UkraineToday.org announces their Person of the Year that generated the most news in Ukraine. It seems like it has been a long time since Sentsov was released from one of Putin’s modern gulags and since the anti-Ukrainian economic project Nord Steam 2 was shut down, but that was just the

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NABU opens criminal case over Venediktova’s ‘interference’ in Tatarov investigation

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has begun criminal proceedings accusing Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova of interfering in a bribery case against President Volodymyr Zelensky’s deputy chief of staff, Oleh Tatarov.  Maksym Hryschuk, acting chairman of the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, announced the charges on a Dec. 25 broadcast by news outlet Hromadske.  The bureau maintains that Venediktova broke

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Leaked tapes implicate Constitutional Court chief in alleged corruption

Newly leaked audiotapes implicate Oleksandr Tupytsky, chairman of Ukraine’s Constitutional Court, in corruption, according to an investigation published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Schemes show on Dec. 21. Tupytsky has faced harsh public criticism since Oct. 27, when the Constitutional Court issued a ruling that effectively destroyed Ukraine’s entire asset declaration system for state officials, eliminating a crucial pillar of

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Hunter Biden email shows $400G unreported income from Burisma, states he needs to ‘amend’ tax returns

14 December 2020 – Brooke Singman, Jacqui Heinrich | Fox News The President-elect’s son confirmed he is under federal investigation for his ‘tax affairs’. Hunter Biden did not report “approximately $400,000” in income he collected from his position on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings when he joined in 2014, according to an attorney for his firm who noted that his tax

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Judicial gang

The brazen cynicism with which Ukrainian judges are spurning the law and getting away with crimes has few parallels in the world. It acts more like a criminal gang (with some notable exceptions) that has taken a whole country hostage. A good example is Judge Pavlo Vovk, who has been charged with corruption and obstruction of justice and is still

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Iryna Venediktova: It’s time to address corruption, not just talk about fighting it

Dec. 9 was International Anti-Corruption Day, but this is a daily duel for the Ukrainian law enforcement system. The creation of a system of specially authorized entities in the field of countering corruption was not only the dictates of time but also part of international obligations undertaken by Ukraine. Therefore, six years ago, the state launched the process of building

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Hunter Biden ‘tax affairs’ under federal investigation; links to China funds emerge, sources say

9 December 2020 – By Brooke Singman | Fox News The investigation, according to a source familiar, began in 2018. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware is investigating Hunter Biden’s “tax affairs,” President-elect Joe Biden’s son confirmed Wednesday, saying he is taking the matter “very seriously” and is “confident” he handled his affairs “legally and appropriately.” “I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S.

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u.s. Rep. Ken Buck calls for Hunter Biden special counsel in letter to A.G. Barr

7 December, 2020 – By Brooke Singman | Fox News Buck says move would ensure investigation ‘free from political interference’. Republican Rep. Ken Buck on Monday urged Attorney General William Barr to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden‘s business dealings and a laptop purportedly belonging to him in order to ensure an investigation “free from political interference.” In a letter sent to Barr, obtained

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Ukraine’s Parliament Restores Anti-Corruption Legislation Annulled By Highest Court

December 04, 2020 20:06 GMT – RFE/RL Ukraine’s parliament voted on December 4 to reimpose penalties for officials who provide false information about their incomes, defying an earlier ruling from the nation’s highest court. Ukraine’s Constitutional Court in October annulled key parts of the nation’s anti-corruption legislation, sparking a widespread backlash at home and abroad. The decision threatened Western financial

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