Category Archives: Corruption

Attempt to destroy the High Anti-Corruption Court: what you should know about connection between the judge of the CCU and disgraced KDAC

Originally published on Liga.net Ukraine is under threat while judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and other subjects of the NABU cases, whom the Court granted an indulgence, celebrate the collapse of cases against them. For the fourth week in a row, Ukraine has been in constitutional crisis due to the decision of the Constitutional Court regarding demolitionof the

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“War” if Rada sacks Constitutional Court judges, one of them claims

Zelensky has earlier tabled in Rada the bill to dismiss all Constitutional Court judges. Constitutional Court Judge Ihor Slidenko has threatened President Volodymyr Zelensky with grave consequences if Parliament moves to pass the president’s bill on sacking all CCU judges – including “war” and the country’s “disintegration”. The judge has commented to an UNIAN correspondent on today’s presidential audio address

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New tapes document links between scandalous judge Vovk and Avakov

A new film by the Slidstvo.Info investigative journalism agency provides a look into the shady dealings of controversial judge Pavlo Vovk and his deputy.  Among the new discoveries are the duo’s links with Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and his allies.  The show released new wiretapped conversations that were recorded as part of a corruption case against Vovk, the head of the Kyiv

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Seizure of power attempt: Criminal case initiated against CCU judges

This will allow dismissing the judges complicit in the offense without destroying the Constitutional Court institution. Ukrainian Member of Parliament with the Holos (Voice) Party Yaroslav Yurchyshyn says criminal proceedings have been initiated against judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU) over their possible conspiracy to seize power in the country. “At my initiative, proceedings have been launched on

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Zelensky proposes terminating powers of all Constitutional Court judges

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada proposing to terminate the powers of all Constitutional Court judges. According to Ukrinform, the bill “On Restoration of Public Confidence in the Constitutional Judiciary” has been posted on the website of the Verkhovna Rada. The document proposes to recognize that the Constitutional Court decision of October 27, 2020

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Zelensky convenes urgent closed meeting of NSDC due to impact on country’s achievements in anti-corruption sector – President’s Office

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has convened an urgent closed meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) to choose measures for an urgent appropriate response from the government to attempts by “certain subjects” to revise the principles of zero tolerance for corruption and any form of non-transparency in public administration. “We are forced to say that

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Constitutional Court destroys crucial pillar of Ukraine’s anti-graft infrastructure

Ukraine is probably closer to losing its anti-corruption infrastructure, Western funding, and visa-free travel with Europe than at any time in recent years. The nation’s anti-corruption infrastructure, created after the EuroMaidan Revolution that drove President Viktor Yanukovych from power in 2014, has come under unprecedented attack. On Oct. 27, the Constitutional Court effectively destroyed Ukraine’s entire asset declaration system for

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ukraine: Markiv case: new evidence, witnesses confirm Ukrainian’s innocence

28.09.2020 18:00 – Ukrinform Ukraine, convict’s relatives hope court of appeal will restore justice. Vitaliy Markiv, a Ukrainian serviceman, has been behind bars in Italy for three years now: a National Guard member was sentenced to 24 years in prison. In Italy, he is accused of his involvement in the deaths of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter

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Hunter Biden Offered $10 Million Annually by Chinese Energy Firm for ‘Introductions Alone,’ Email Shows

By MAIREAD MCARDLE – October 15, 2020 – 9:38 a.m. – NR Hunter Biden entered into a consulting contract with China’s largest private energy company that initially earned him $10 million a year “for introductions alone,” according to leaked emails. In an email chain from Aug. 2, 2017, Biden discussed a deal with the former chairman of CEFC China Energy, Ye Jianming,

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Hunter Biden emails under investigation by Senate Homeland Security Committee after hard drive report emerges

14 October, 2020 – By Brooke Singman | Fox News Chairman Ron Johnson said the panel is working on ‘validating’ the information The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is investigating newly released emails that reveal that Hunter Biden introduced his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings in 2015 at Hunter’s request.  Committee

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China, Russia Among Rights Abusers Elected To UN Human Rights Council

October 14, 2020 00:07 GMT – By RFE/RL China and Russia were among 15 countries elected to the UN Human Rights Council on October 13, drawing sharp criticism from rights groups and the United States over their abysmal human rights records. The 193-member UN General Assembly also elected Ivory Coast, Gabon, Malawi, Cuba, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, France, and Britain to the 47-member

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WHO warns against COVID-19 lockdowns due to economic damage

12 Oct. 2020 – New York Post – Fox News Dr. David Nabarro suggests lockdowns should be a last resort only. The World Health Organization has warned leaders against relying on COVID-19 lockdowns to tackle outbreaks — after previously saying countries should be careful how quickly they reopen. WHO envoy Dr. David Nabarro said such restrictive measures should only be treated as a last

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Prosecutor general fires deputy who spearheaded case against Judge Vovk

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova fired her deputy who spearheaded the high-profile corruption case against Pavlo Vovk, the head of the Kyiv Administrative District Court and one of Ukraine’s most notoriously controversial judges, on Sept. 24. The deputy, Andriy Lyubovych, confirmed that he was fired the same day. The Prosecutor General’s Office did not respond to requests for comment. The Kyiv Administrative

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FinCEN Files: Sanctioned Putin associate ‘laundered millions’ through Barclays

One of Vladimir Putin’s closest friends may have used Barclays Bank in London to launder money and dodge sanctions, leaked documents suggest. Billionaire Arkady Rotenberg has known the Russian president since childhood. Financial restrictions, or sanctions, were imposed on Mr Rotenberg by the US and the EU in 2014, which means Western banks could face serious consequences for doing business

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Ukrainian MPs endanger independence of key anti-corruption body and country’s international support

Article by: Olena Makarenko On 17 September, Ukrainian MPs voted for a decision that puts international financial support for the country under risk and threatens the independence of a key anti-corruption institution. In particular, the Parliament voted for the members of the commission which selects the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office. Previously, NGOs fighting against corruption, Ukraine’s international

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Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Prosecutor general blocks bribery charges against Zelensky lawmaker

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) on Sept. 15 said it had drafted bribery charges against Oleksandr Yurchenko, a lawmaker from President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the People party, and published evidence of the alleged bribery. According to law, charges against Verkhovna Rada members must be approved by the prosecutor general. However, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said on the

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Vovk tapes reveal corruption as lifeblood of Ukrainian law enforcement

The criminal cases against one of Ukraine’s most controversial judges, Pavlo Vovk, demonstrate in minute detail that corruption has permeated throughout Ukraine’s entire judicial system. In 2017, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine opened an illicit enrichment case into the wealth of Vovk, head of the Kyiv District Administrative Court. Since then, Vovk has tried to obstruct the work of

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Deep concerns in Brussels about the fight against corruption in #Ukraine

Brussels observers of the fight against corruption in Ukraine have expressed deep concerns about the efficiency of policies put in place in the last five years, during an online dialogue between the Polita think tank in Kyiv and the Brussels Press Club on 2 September, writes Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers. On 28 August, the Constitutional Court declared a

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Halyna Chyzhyk: Is Zelensky involved in covering up corrupt judges?

By Halyna Chyzhyk. On July 17, the detectives of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) conducted searches on the premises of the notorious District administrative court of Kyiv (OASK). The same day NABU published a new portion of the recordings of the head of court Pavlo Vovk. The recordings reveal large-scale crimes supposedly committed by judges. However, instead of immediate

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navalny: ‘He needs to be transferred to Europe’

5:40 am, August 20, 2020 : Meduza ‘Meduza’ interviews Navalny’s physician about the opposition politician’s apparent poisoning in Siberia and what should happen now. On August 20, a plane carrying Anti-Corruption Foundation founder Alexey Navalny was forced to make an emergency landing in Omsk after Navalny became violently ill during the flight. He was immediately hospitalized. He reportedly lost consciousness and

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Zelensky, Rigterink discuss anti-corruption program at Ukravtodor

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Acting President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Jurgen Rigterink have discussed by phone the preparation of a joint project between Ukraine and the EBRD and assessed the ongoing implementation of projects, the press service of the head of state has reported. According to the report, Zelensky noted the positive results of bilateral

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U.S. Embassy concerned by incidents targeting journalists in Ukraine

03:15, 19 August 2020 – UNIAN The Embassy urges a swift and comprehensive investigation. The U.S. Embassy has expressed concern over incidents targeting journalists in Ukraine. “Free media is a critical element of a vibrant democracy, and journalists must be allowed to report without harassment and intimidation. We are concerned by recent incidents targeting Radio Svoboda staff, including the burning

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Ukraine’s new anti-corruption bodies lock horns with deep state over rotten court

Article by: Olena Makarenko This July has seen the biggest scandal yet involving Ukraine’s judiciary. The National Anti-Corruption Bureau suspects the notorious Kyiv District Administrative Court judges of creating a criminal organization and aiming to seize state power. The bureau presented a 45-minute video including audio recordings of conversations between the head of the court and a court judge illustrating

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