Shameful deception as MPs quietly shelve restrictions on own salaries
The first parliament elected after the ‘Revolution of Dignity’ in which a coalition of ‘pro-Maidan’ parties hold a constitutional majority has deftly removed provisions to the law on the budget that would remove generous additions to their basic salaries, obviously hoping it would go unnoticed.
Damning criticism of new Anti-Corruption Bureau draft bill
Both KHPG’s Gennady Tokarev and Mykola Khavronyuk, leading specialist in criminal law and member of the board of the Centre for Political and Legal Reform, have written blistering critiques of the draft bill tabled by Yury Lutsenko on amendments to legislation regarding the planned National Anti-Corruption Bureau
Kremlin-backed militant ‘rallies’: machine guns and ‘humanitarian aid’ sold cheap
Leaders of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ have responded to the generally catastrophic humanitarian situation in Donbas and mounting disgruntlement by staging ‘rallies’ with the enticement being free food and / or products sold at very cheap prices
In Donbas protests against militant rule – and hunger - mounting
The Kremlin-backed militants in Sverdlovsk have come up with pitiful amounts for public sector workers following the angry protests by over a thousand residents last week.
Donbas Ukrainians feel betrayed
The Ukrainian government has issued a blow to people living in areas under the control of Kremlin-backed militants. That at least is how many view measures which could leave some of the most vulnerable people in Donbas without pensions, or access to hospitals, etc.
Part of Mezhyhirya returned to the State
Almost 1.8 hectares of the former State residence and grounds at Mezhyhirya illegally privatized by Viktor Yanukovych has been restored to public ownership
Positive anti-corruption laws passed with dubious amendments
The adoption of vital anti-corruption legislation, including on the creation of a national anti-corruption bureau was marred by criticism of amendments which anti-corruption campaigners believe may cripple the body
Law against front organizations passed
Claims that an end has been put to the offshore age may be overly optimistic, however the law passed on Tuesday making it mandatory to name the real owners of companies is undoubtedly a good step.
Vital anti-corruption legislation passes first hurdle
Draft laws aimed at creating an independent anti-corruption bureau, transparent funding of election campaigns and other measures vital for really fighting corruption in Ukraine were passed at their first reading on Tuesday. They could be adopted in full on Oct 14.
Journalist investigating prosecutor deal receives threats
One of the journalists on the investigative programme ‘Nashi Hroshi’ on TV ZIK has been threatened while reporting a story. Most disturbing is the fact that the feature in question was about the Prosecutor General’s Office
Kremlin-backed militants continue ‘appropriating’ vehicles
On the same day that parliament in a secret vote passed a law giving areas controlled by pro-Russian militants special status, a Luhansk website reports another case where a car has simply been taken away by armed members of the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic
Veto Crimea bill or shame Ukraine
Ukraine’s parliament has adopted a bizarrely inappropriate bill on a ‘free economic zone’ in the Crimea which would seriously infringe the rights of Crimean Ukrainians and, by effectively recognizing Russian occupation, cast serious doubts over Ukraine’s position on Crimea.
Crimean authorities get green light for forceful purchase of private property
A new law adopted by the occupation regime in the Crimea permits the regional authorities to forcibly purchase private property owned by individuals or legal entities. Experts believe that the wording of the document makes it possible for not only land or real estate to be forcibly purchased, but any company
Corruption watchdogs warn of danger to public procurement transparency
If some urgent decisions are not taken now, in two weeks there could be large-scale disruption to publication of information by tens of thousands of contractors throughout the country
Akhmetov’s miners go on strike
The miners are not demanding anything excessive, only an increase in their wages to the average wage for the Donbas region. They need publicity to ensure that they’re not just given the sack
Crucial move to cut secrecy on public spending
A minimum majority in the Verkhovna Rada (226 MPs) has managed to pass an important law opening up information about public procurement and revoking legislative moves under the previous administration which hid vast amounts of public funding from public view
Parliament kills vital anti-corruption law
The Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday passed one important law on increasing transparency of public procurement and then proved incapable of passing another law which would have prevented concealment of real estate ownership
Ukraine’s economy remains repressed
According to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, Ukraine’s record has only improved by 9 points over the last 20 years and is ranked 155th out of 178 countries in the study, and the worst out of 43 countries in Europe
5 reasons why corruption is rampant in Ukraine
These include "extremely muddled laws which are also not understood by the public. And that makes it possible to abuse them"