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28.03.2013

Wage arrears cross the billion mark

According to the State Statistics Service, in February Ukrainians were owed more than 1.1 billion UAH in unpaid wages. Since the beginning of the year arrears have risen by 23.4% | detail

Visits 956
07.03.2013

They’re stalling anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine

This was the title of a civic protest by Transparency International in Ukraine and other NGOs angry at the stalemate over the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and State Programme on Preventing and Countering Corruption | detail

Visits 1699
06.03.2013

Shadow Procurement: the first figures

Six months after a scandalous law which removes state enterprises from the tender system, the civic watchdog “Nashi Hroshi” [“Our Money”] reports that the amounts of public funding now unaccounted for has risen sharply | detail

Visits 1290
28.02.2013

Nothing to say about Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Committee

Over the three years since it was created, the Committee has effectively done nothing. Far from one fifth of its members being from NGOs, the one civic representative left in August 2011 in protest at Yanukovych’s signing of a law removing around a third of public procurement from tender procedure | detail

Visits 2494
11.02.2013

Illegal mine resumes work after fatal accident and police look the other way

The head of the Horlivka Police, having consistently denied the existence of the kopanka or illegal mine, is now trying to claim that the man who died organized it | detail

Visits 1237
30.01.2013

Ukraine continues its slide in corruption ratings

Hardly surprising results in the 2012 Corruption Perception Index given that the President’s “National Anti-Corruption Committee” hasn’t met for over a year, a law has removed a third of public procurement from tender procedure, and more … | detail

Visits 1851
17.01.2013

Elections out of the way – now the prosecutions begin

As feared, Volodymyr Derkach, one of the leaders of the protest by Donetsk Chornobyl clean-up workers in 2011 and candidate in a single-mandate electoral district during the last elections, is facing criminal proceedings in a case with very worrying features | detail

Visits 951
15.01.2013

For friends in high legal office?

The public spending watchdog Nashi Hroshi [Our Money] reports that the High Council of Justice has entered into another contract with the only bidder being Masterbud and without any detail about the work required | detail

Visits 1039
14.01.2013

MPs quietly reinstate generous benefits

With no elections on the horizon, MPs were no longer inclined to suspend the norms of the law which entitle them and former MPs to considerable perks | detail

Visits 1863
11.01.2013

Azarov’s Cabinet of Ministers increases spending on itself

Despite the crisis and reduction in social benefits, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has decided to increase funding for its official apparatus and has created new services. Expenditure on the government is increasing together with the country’s debts. | detail

Visits 1933
03.01.2013

Charge of “hooliganism” against Chornobyl protest leader

Another criminal case may have been concocted against a leader of the 2011 Donetsk Chornobyl clean-up workers’ protest 2 months after he ran for parliament as United Opposition candidate | detail

Visits 1225
31.12.2012

The President’s guaranteed luxury

Nashi Hroshi [Our Money] journalists decided that since since the President will doubtless tell the country in his New Year speech how much he’s done for the country, they would calculate just what the country had done for the President. | detail

Visits 2340
21.12.2012

Luhansk miners protest over huge wage arrears

The amount owed is huge – 3.8 million UAH in a very poor region where mines (including illegal “kopanki”) are often the only work available. | detail

Visits 884
20.12.2012

Chornobyl Exclusion Zone – No money, no pay

Chornobyl workers are not being paid, while the enterprises within the Exclusion Zone are not getting all the money needed for basic needs. The need for proper funding at this, of all sites, needs no explanation | detail

Visits 1608
17.12.2012

Yet another threat to public procurement procedure

A number of NGOs, including those monitoring corruption in Ukraine, have addressed an open appeal to the President asking him to take immediate measures to safeguard public procurement procedure | detail

Visits 1814
14.12.2012

The President’s requirements …

Forbes.ua has investigated how 635 million UAH of public funding was spent on President Yanukovych: on hunting, fishing, cars, reception of guests and other expenses. None on open tender, and with absolutely no transparency | detail

Visits 2131
10.12.2012

Organizer of illegal mine imprisoned

A court in Yenakiyevo in the Donetsk oblast has sentenced the organizer of a “kopanka” or illegal mine in which six men died after an explosion on 29 February 2012 to eight years’ imprisonment. | detail

Visits 1305
06.12.2012

No funding for anti-corruption measures – or any sign of them

During the year a group of NGOs investigated how measures from the anti-corruption programme were being carried out. On 28 November they announced their conclusion – that the programme exists only on paper. | detail

Visits 2333
05.12.2012

Ukraine has worst corruption rate in Europe

In Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception Index for 2012 scores lower than 5.0 indicate that a country’s citizens see the country and its officials as highly corrupt. Ukraine’s score was 2.6, one down from 2011 | detail

Visits 1613
12.11.2012

Urban population getting poorer

For the fourth year in a row there has been a narrowing of the divide in terms of poverty between city and rural area. This, unfortunately, is because people in urban areas are becoming poorer | detail

Visits 733
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