Category Archives: Corruption

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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Bittersweet justice?

In the 21st century, it’s common enough to see a therapist for help addressing problems and personal issues you cannot solve or manage on your own. Sometimes that outside perspective from a trained specialist can be exceedingly helpful. On the other hand, it would be highly counterproductive for a person to depend on a therapist to make all their decisions

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Head of Kyiv District Administrative Court Pavlo Vovk put on wanted list

The anti-graft agency is probing him and six other judiciary officials over the alleged “power seizure” plot. The National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has put on the list of wanted persons seven defendants in the case of the alleged power seizure conspiracy by the leadership of the Kyiv District Administrative Court (OASK) who the agency believes grabbed control of

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Police, protesters clash after Belarus presidential vote

Demonstrators run away from police as they gather to protest against a result of the Belarusian presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Police and protesters clashed in Belarus’ capital and the major city of Brest on Sunday after the presidential election in which the authoritarian leader who has ruled for a quarter-century sought a sixth term in office.

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Sergii Leshchenko: How corrupt Ukrainian court helped Giuliani’s conspiracy

By Sergii Leshchenko Leaked audio recordings of Ukrainian officials are the soundtrack for Ukrainian politics. There were quite a few recently. In January, then-Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk was targeted in audio leak where he was caught making unfavorable comments about President Volodymyr Zelensky. In May, Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach released tape fragments with voices resembling those of former U. S. Vice President Joe

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Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts go up in smoke

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson In the early hours of July 23, the home of leading Ukrainian anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin was badly damaged in an apparent arson attack. Luckily, he and his young family were not at home at the time, while Shabunin’s parents were able to escape the blaze unharmed. Nevertheless, the incident is being treated as a dangerous

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Chicken Kiev: Why Is Zelensky Afraid Of Reform In Ukraine?

Ukraine’s biggest problem isn’t Russia. It’s internal corruption. by Melinda Haring Doug Klain Ukrainians’ once bright dreams of reform are going up in smoke—literally. Early on the morning of July 23, one of the top anti-corruption activists in Ukraine, Vitaliy Shabunin, had his house burned down in what his watchdog organization, the Anti-Corruption Action Center, is calling an “assassination attempt.”

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Steven Pifer: We’ve seen this movie before

Volodymyr Zelensky swept to victory in Ukraine’s spring 2019 presidential election because he promised renewed reform and a real fight against corruption. Today, the reality looks quite different. Zelensky has fired a reformist prime minister and cabinet, replaced a prosecutor general who had begun weeding out bad eggs among prosecutors, and triggered the resignation of a National Bank of Ukraine

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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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