Rigged and Secretive Fight against Corruption?
Scandal does not go away by being muffled, and how else can you view the refusal to allow anti-corruption investigative journalists into the first meeting of an anti-corruption commission?
Government accused of rigging anti-corruption selection commission
Civic activists have accused the Cabinet of Ministers of rigging the selection committee for members of the National Anti-Corruption Agency and demand that NGOs actively engaged in fighting corruption be included in the process.
Fighting Corruption the Ukrainian Way
The article looks at the specific features of corruption in Ukraine, and the process for appointing the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau
It’s Tax Time In Ukraine, And Financial Discrepancies Suggest Corruption Endures
The gaps between officials’ incomes and their assets are a painful reminder of the deep-rooted corruption and insider deals that continue to plague Ukrainian politics, despite being the main cause of two revolutions
We haven’t lost a day
Kharkiv Human Rights Group Director Yevhen Zakharov answers criticism about the selection process for the director of Ukraine’s new National Anti-Corruption Bureau
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