Pragmatism Prevails over Populism in Ukraine
Successful politics is about getting things done. By that standard, October was a successful month. Not only did the government pass sweeping healthcare reform, pension reform, and judiciary reform, it also staved off populist protests. In short, pragmatism prevailed over populism.
Ukrainian Activists Celebrate Anticorruption Court ’Victory,’ But Cry Foul Over New Judicial-Reform Bill
While activists in Ukraine have welcomed news that Petro Poroshenko conceded to their demand to create an anticorruption court on October 4, their enthusiasm was curbed knowing that legislation that could hinder corruption investigations is awaiting the president’s signature.
Human rights groups warn of dangerous legislative offensive against NGOs in Ukraine
A coalition of major Ukrainian human rights organizations has added its voice to demands that Ukraine’s government put an end to the mounting attack on non-governmental organization
How to Finish the Revolution in Ukraine
More than three years after the Euromaidan, Ukraine still hasn’t successfully prosecuted any high-level crooks, and we’ve got plenty here.
Road To Dispossession: Locals Pushed Aside For The Trans-Crimea Highway
People in Kerch and other locations along the planned highway route are already feeling the pain of dislocation.
Rehabilitation Package of Reforms slams discriminatory bills on NGO public reporting
The draft laws proposed "contain a number of provisions that contradict national and international legislation, are discriminatory and consequently should be withdrawn"
Ukraine is breaching international standards with new laws regarding NGOs
Protest is mounting in Ukraine over two draft bills which would impose discriminatory and excessive demands on NGOs receiving international grants. Prominent human rights activists believe them to be in clear violation of international standards on freedom of association.
Ukraine: From targeting anti-corruption NGOs to "a witch hunt on all civic activists"?
While President Poroshenko’s planned cancellation of the requirement for anti-corruption NGOs to fill out e-declarations has been welcomed, alarm has been expressed at proposed amendments to the Tax Code, These would affect all NGOs receiving foreign or state funding, but not supposedly non-profit-making organizations created by political parties or business concerns.
Ukraine’s Least Sexy Reform Is Transforming Villages with New Roads, Police, and Even a Telescope
It used to be dark, and children had to jump from stone to stone to get to school. Now, the roads are smooth and brightly lit. Water flows from the mountains by gravity, and thus is free of charge and available to everyone. This is what the residents of southwestern Ukraine’s Poliana village say decentralization has done for them.
What Will Ukraine’s Next Big Reform Be?
Luckily, pension reform—unlike land and healthcare reform—has few vested stakes, and it has a good chance of passing
Transparency International urges the Prosecutor General to take constructive criticism less emotionally
The Prosecutor General of Ukraine and his press office used accusations towards international organizations in response to the critical statement of the anti-corruption network Transparency International concerning the apparent lack of progress in the anti-corruption investigation against the grand corrupts officials of the former regime.
The Reform Story Isn’t Over in Kyiv
In the West, many people are ready to write off Ukraine. They wrongly believe that Ukraine’s reforms are stagnating, corruption is widespread, and the country is at war. But Ukraine’s reforms are definitely not done.
Poroshenko signs anti-Maidan law against NGOs & journalists fighting corruption
President Poroshenko has signed into law a dangerous bill which could be used to put pressure on NGOs, investigative journalists or activists, especially those most actively seeking to expose and eradicate corruption. He has in short allowed a law which his predecessor, now in hiding in Russia, would be proud of.
Three years after the Revolution of Dignity: Why reforms are slowing, and how to prevent backtracking
On the reasons why reform is slowing down
Courthouse Drama: Jailing Of Ukraine Tax Chief Could Signal Watershed In Fight Against ’Corrupt Untouchables’
A ruling by a Kyiv district court to place Ukraine’s top tax official under arrest pending trial on embezzlement charges is being heralded as a landmark win for the country’s independent anticorruption agency and civil society as a whole in its uphill battle against entrenched graft.
Mystery Surrounds Blockade Forcing Kyiv’s Hand
With only "a little more than 100 men" among the blockaders, according to Semen Semenchenko, a lawmaker and former volunteer-battalion commander who supports the blockade and is the voice behind the livestreamed video, many have questioned the initiative’s grassroots narrative. In particular, they question how it has managed to force Kyiv’s hand so quickly with seemingly little financial support.
Ukrainian court sabotages fight against judicial corruption
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau [NABU] has reacted with anger after a court rejected its application to have a Kyiv judge caught taking a huge bribe remanded in custody. The agency pulls no punches, calling the move sabotage and rejecting the court’s attempt to hide behind a dubious ‘statement’ issued recently by the High Council of Justice.
Top Ukraine court posts for super-rich judges & defender of Yanukovych’s dictatorship laws?
Among the candidates for posts in the Supreme Court [SCU] are the former President of the Court who justified Viktor Yanukovych’s draconian ‘dictatorship’ laws and judges involved in politically motivated prosecutions. The CHESNO civic movement has sounded the alarm to ensure that purportedly fair competition does not re-establish the heavily tarnished status quo.
Ukraine’s High Council of Justice fights back against measures to combat judicial corruption
Corrupt judges can breathe a sigh of relief. An amendment to Ukraine’s Constitution restricting judges’ immunity from arrest in cases where they have been caught committing an offence has been deftly ‘readjusted’ by the High Council of Justice
Germany’s Siemens Company accused of scam to bypass Crimean sanctions
A new twist has been reported in the story of Siemens gas turbines which could be used to deliver the turbines to Russian-occupied Crimea without Germany’s Siemens openly bypassing EU sanctions. A check is urgently needed since the scam suggested would cast a shadow over Siemens and demonstrate serious failings in sanction controls.