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Early promise of Ukraine’s war on corruption fades by the day, - The Washington Times
17:30, 1 December 2017
Early promise of Ukraine’s war on corruption fades by the day, - The Washington Times

No top official was accused of corruption since the beginning of the work of these entities and one of the most prominent examples is the case of Ihor Kolomoisky

17:30, 1 December 2017

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The institutes on the fight against corruption in Ukraine failed to fulfill their promises and the anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine are on the brink of the collapse. L.Todd Wood, the famous political analyst wrote this at his article in The Washington Times.

He mentioned that he met the heads of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine two years ago when these establishments were just founded.

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'The two newly minted organizations, part of a group of four anti-corruption agencies set up in concert with Western partners, were fresh, shiny entities filled with hope and promise. Young, newly hired prosecutors and detectives roamed the halls, radiating a fascinating yet naive energy to correct their country’s course in preparation for eventual association with the European Union', he wrote.

However, the time passed and the NABU, SAP along with the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) failed to succeed in the anti-corruption efforts despite all provided conditions to fulfill the promises, such as support of the West, good salaries and funding.

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No top official was accused of corruption since the beginning of the work of these entities and one of the most prominent examples is the case of Ihor Kolomoisky, the former owner of PrivatBank before it was nationalized.

The anti-corruption establishments did not provide any action towards the losses in the sum of 600 million of dollars. Moreover, there was the particular information on the secret deal between Mister Kolomoisky and Mister Sytnyk, the Head of the NABU that led to the stop of the investigation.

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Moreover, there was a case with the Zaporizhiia Regional Power Distribution Company when the corruption inflicted harm in the sum of 12.8 million dollars. A lot of Ukrainian oligarchs were involved in this case but the corruption case was concealed by NABU for six months and it was not investigated.

Finally, L.Todd Wood commented on the current situation in the country and expressed his view of the future for Ukraine.

'As the infighting continues, any momentum to fight corruption in Ukrainian society seems to be lost'.

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'The alleged corruption in the Ukrainian prosecutor general's office has been widely discussed in Washington, Brussels and Kiev.  It now seems the anti-corruption agencies in Ukraine also deserve more scrutiny. The Ukrainian people deserve as much. The fate of future aid from international agencies also rests on Ukraine's ability to put the legacy of Soviet corruption behind it'.

As we reported earlier that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained the agent of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) during the attempt to bribe Dina Pimakhova, the First Deputy Head of State Migration Service.

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Dina Pimakhova, the First Deputy Head of the State Migration Service revealed her version of the incident with the agent of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU). According to her, Serhy Boyarsky, the NABU agent established the informal friendly relations with her and began to offer a bribe to legalize the foreigners.

Also, the SBU reported on the holding of searches at the NABU

Later Yury Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine held a briefing on this case and stated that the workers of the NABU had no right to offer the bribe the worker of the Migration Service.

 

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