Law cutting social benefits quietly pushed through
The Verkhovna Rada has passed a law on guarantees of implementation of court rulings which envisages cancellation of benefits for specific categories of the public
Public funding spent on Euro 2012 – none left for the elderly and ill
Kharkiv spent more than a billion UAH from the city and regional budgets on preparations for Euro 2012. It’s now very difficult to find money for joint projects with charities. The situation is similar in Kyiv.
On the single bidder public procurement for the President’s flights
8.1 million UAH on servicing the President’s plane flights will go to the only bidder in the public procurement, “Tsentravia” which would seem to be connected with the company which owns the President’s residence at Mezhyhirya
SBU chief corruption fighter’s expensive way of telling the time
The First Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] and Head of the Central Department for Fighting Corruption and Organized Crime, Volodymyr Rozhytsky wears a watch that would have cost him more than his year’s salary
Confederation of Free Trade Unions accuses authorities of pressure
Following an all-day search in Kamyanets-Podilsk, they accuse the authorities of putting the Confederation of Free Trade Unions under pressure in the run-up to planned protests on 21 May against the new Labour Code.
Hundreds die each year due to traffic police corruption
Ukraine gets a pitifult 2.4 out of 10 in the Transparency International rating, while for 10,000 vehicles there are 104.4 road deaths. In Finland, where the corruption index stands at 9.2, there are only 8.2 road deaths for the same number of vehicles.
Victims of Chornobyl: past and present
On the 26th anniversary of the Chornobyl Disaster former Chornobyl clean-up workers gathered to honour the memory of those who sacrificed so much and to protest against the cynical refusal to remember our debt before all Chornobyl veterans
Fighting corruption: fine words and hard-hitting reports
Of 25 recommendations which Ukraine was given in 2006, less than half (12) have been more or less successfully implemented. Since 2009 when GRECO stressed that 17 recommendations remained unimplemented, only four have been fulfilled
President’s Administration can’t provide Yanukovych’s copyright agreement
The President’s Administration has informed Ukrainska Pravda that it does not have the agreement according to which President Yanukovych apparently sold rights to his books – past and future - for 16.4 million UAH ($2 million).
Ukrainian President’s millions in book fees raise eyebrows
An income declaration published on his presidential website claims that in 2011 Yanukovych earned more than 16.4 million hryvnyas ($2 million) in copyright fees for numerous books, including "A Year in Opposition," "A Year in Office," and "How Ukraine Should Live Further," as well as any books he may pen in the future.
Ongoing pressure on Afghanistan War veterans since action snubbing the President
Members of the organization “Nobody but Us” say that they have been subjected to repression since their action on 15 February when they demonstrably turned their back on Viktor Yanukovych
Pit No. 8: Illegal Mines in Ukraine
Towards the end of March, illegal mines or “kopanki” attracted public attention over the scandalously abrupt and unexplained removal of the film “Pit No. 8” from the contest at the documentary film festival Docudays.UA.
Constitutional Court allows MPs to not inform this year’s voters about income
The Constitutional Court has passed yet another judgement reducing the scope of anti-corruption legislation. On 20 March it published its judgement which allows National Deputies to not make public their expenses for the second half of 2011
I never promised you a rose garden
Analysis of the promises made last week by President Yanukovych to increase social payouts in preparation for the upcoming presidential elections
Afghanistan War Veteran alleges pressure after veterans snubbed Yanukovych
Members of the NGO “Nobody but Us” which defends the rights of Afghanistan War veterans assert that the law enforcement officers are trying to arrest the organization’s leader, Oleksand Kovalyov
More victims of Donbas’ illegal mines
The Donetsk Regional MIA has reported that the bodies have been found of six men who died in an explosion at a kopanka or illegal mine near Yenakiyeve in the Donbas region on 29 February
Ukrainian farm workers could be left without pensions
Former kolkhoz workers are unable to prove how long they have worked and therefore receive the pension they earned. The problem could be faced by thousands of Ukrainians who have worked on the land all their lives
Kharkiv Chornobyl clean-up workers picket regional prosecutor’s office
Former Chornobyl clean-up workers assert that not only is the prosecutor failing to defend their rights and not ensuring that court rulings are enforced, but is also allowing the police to trump up criminal investigations against members of their movement
While the Finance Ministry works to assuage fears that Ukraine could be hurtling towards default, others in power appear more concerned with keeping their dealings well away from public scrutiny or the clutches of the law.