Two years after adoption of the Public Information Act, Roman Kabachiy from the Institute of Mass Information writes that officials either don’t know their duties or know them enough to write formal fob-off responses. There remain also areas of great importance which the public are prevented from knowing about.
During 2012 the President’s Administration paid 100 thousand UAH to Tantalit - a firm believed to have links with the Yanukovych family - for renting an office for Viktor Yanukovych in the latter’s sumptuous residence at Mezhyhirya.
Oleksy Khmara from Transparency International in Ukraine believes the President’s "royalties" for non-existent publicaitons, as well as the entire business of Yanukovych’s elder son may be about trying to legalize income
Mega-earnings in royalties for a second year running with not a word published and from a printing firm not known for publishing books - everything ripe, you’d think, for a grandiose scandal and some very hard-hitting questions. Not, however, in Ukraine.
Well-known journalist Serhiy Leshchenko’s appeal was lodged after the first instance court upheld the Constituitonal Court’s refusal to show the submission claiming that it contained official information and personal data
The Head of Ukraine’s State Archive, Olha Ginzburg from the Communist Party continues to assert that Ukraine’s archives are the most open in the world and still maintains her position that they should be much more restricted.
Olexander Afronin, President of the Ukrainian Publishers and Booksellers Association has never heard of royalties (like the President’s 15 and a half million UAH) for books which have not been written where there isn’t even a plan for it
OPORA has drawn attention to the questionable situation where public funding is allocated to pay MPs substantial amounts for “assistants”, yet the public and media are refused information about who these assistants are
Serhiy Leshchenko, well-known Ukrainska Pravda journalist is asking the European Court of Human Rights to confirm his right to know how much the President paid for a State-owned piece of land within Mezhyhirya
The Regional Press Development Institute are preparing an application to the European Court of Human Rights over refusal to provide information about public funding allocated for each official of the Rivne Regional State Administration
The European Court of Human Rights’ assessment must be sought since all Ukrainian court instances have denied the apparently irrefutable right of a Ukrainian journalist and citizen to know how much the President paid for a State-owned piece of land within Mezhyhirya.
Ukrainians still have restricted access to city plans. While this may not seem like scintillating reading, such access would make it possible to identify – perhaps even prevent – all kinds of corrupt dealings.