New bill would oblige deputes to come clean on income and spending

Opposition Deputy, Ruslan Knyazevych has proposed that the Verkhovna Rada clarify the list of officials whose income declarations are not treated as information on limited access. National Deputies would also have to publish their income declaration in official media outlets | detail

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Kharkiv civic organizations evicted from rented premises

Police were out in force on Friday to implement an eviction order on a number of Ukrainian civic organizations from the Kharkiv Economic Court. They ignored a judgment from the High Economic Court suspending same eviction order | detail

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Ukraine’s Mines remain deadly

The death rate at Ukrainian mines is one of the worst in the world. Each year Ukraine extracts 70 millions tonnes of coal. Each million costs the lives of two miners. | detail

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Ukraine: Reality vs. Façade

Oleksandr Stepanenko from Helsinki Initiative XXI writes about the opportunity Independence Day gave residents of the town of Chortkiv in the Ternopil region to clearly observe the divide between the reality of their lives and the façade presented by officialdom | detail

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In 20 years of independence Ukraine’s population has fallen by 6 million

The State Statistics Service has published population figures which show that as of 1 July this year the population stood at 45 million 675 thousand, this being 6.27 million less than 20 years ago | detail

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State Tax Service: More than 95% of Ukrainian employers infringe labour laws

Recent checks found also that one in five pays wages below the subsistence minimum, while an even greater figure pay wages "in envelopes", i.e. bypassing the tax authorities | detail

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Ukrainian rural women’s life close to slavery

An international conference in Lviv last week heard that the life of village women in Ukraine borders on the level of slavery. 27 percent of rural inhabitants live below the povery line | detail

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Miner who complained of inhuman conditions after mine disaster “transferred”

Following considerable publicity over reports that Ihor Smetanin, the miner who spoke out about inhuman conditions at the Sukhodilska-Eastern Mine had been fired, the Head of the Luhansk Regional Administration has now stated that Mr Snetabub has been moved to another mine | detail

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Ukraine’s Miners: Put at Risk and Exploited

While the coal output from Ukraine’s mines brings millions to its owners, the miners and their families find it hard to make ends meet. This is in part due to gross exploitation and violation of labour laws, making the miners’ wages dependent on being in the management’s good books | detail

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Another methane explosion at a Luhansk region mine

Twenty six miners have been injured in yet another methane explosion, this time at the Krasnokutska Mine. According to the Emergencies Ministry, 5 men are in intensive care while 21 received injuries of moderate severity and are in hospital | detail

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No End to the Deaths in Ukraine’s Mining Disasters

Why do all State commissions look only at the fact directly leading to the death of miners, but never analyze the reasons behind these terrible and inevitable tragedies, the fact that miners cannot live on their wages unless they agree to conditions and a pace placing their very lives in jeopardy? | detail

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Union blames Mine Owners for Fatal Blast

The Head of the Confederation of Free Mining Unions, Mykola Koziuberda believes that the blast at the Sukhodilska-Eastern Mine which claimed the lives of at least 20 miners is the result of the owner’s “greed” and the intense pace with which the coal faces are being worked | detail

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Inconsistent reform on benefits and pressure on the court

According to the Executive Director of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, the government is not only trying to restrict social payments as much as they can, but is directly pressuring the courts. | detail

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UHHRU asks Human Rights Ombudsperson to intercede for pensioners and others

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union expresses concern over a new law transferring the authority to determine the size and procedure for receiving social benefits to the Cabinet of Ministers and asks Nina Karpachova to make a submission to the Constitutional Court | detail

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New Anti-corruption Law comes into force

Analysts are most doubtful about how the new legislation will be implemented. A special body should oversee its implementation, yet this is only to be created next year. For the moment its functions will be carried out by the Ministry of Justice and the Security Service | detail

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NGOs present President with proposals to improve Public Procurement amendments

"It is clear that the President cannot sign a law which he himself acknowledges carries the risk of corruption. For this reason we have passed Viktor Yanukovych the proposals from civic experts on reworking the tender draft Law No. 7532 | detail

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The Ministry of Justice and fighting corruption

Viktor Yanukovych has instructed the Ministry of Justice to fulfil the functions of a specially authorized body on fighting corruption until such a body is created. The opposition points out that the Ministry is not a law enforcement body | detail

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International bodies also call on President to veto Public Procurement Bill

According to Kommersant-Ukraine, the European Commission and World Bank have formally set out their objections to Law No. 7532 On Amendments to Legislation on Public Procurement | detail

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Constitutional Court: home of debtor can be entered by force

In a judgement made public on 2 June, the Constitutional Court [CCU] says bailiffs may get a court order to enter the home of a debtor in order to execute a writ. | detail

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Yanukovych may veto scandalous law on public procurement

While they had urged Ukraine to pass a law on public procurement, the law adopted is so obviously aimed at fuelling, rather than preventing corruption, that it is believed that the European Commission and World Bank are pushing for its veto | detail

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