The Ukrainian Parliament approved on Thursday a first reading of a draft law that would create an anti-corruption court that was demanded from reformers and Western allies Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.
A Georgian court sentenced former president Mikheil Saakashvili in absentia to three years in prison for abusing his pardon powers in a high-profile murder case, The New York Times reported Friday.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told CBC on Monday that his country does not need an independent anti-corruption court as corruption will be dealt with by all courts in the country.
For six days in April, President Petro Poroshenko and his lawyers repeatedly said that none of the offshore companies Poroshenko set up in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Cyprus and the Netherlands have bank accounts or conduct any financial activities.
On Sunday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said he is quitting amid allegations his government is corrupt, reported BuzzFeed.
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), warned Ukraine’s government to “act now” to improve governance and fight corruption or risk losing out on critically-needed funding.
At an anti-corruption committee meeting today Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, former head of Ukraine’s Security Service, accused lawmaker Ihor Kononenko, of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, of money laundering.
Former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili will give up his Georgian citizenship to take on an appointment as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, which he called a “front line” against graft in the region.
Activists gathered in front of Ukraine’s Parliament in Kyiv today to demand the suspension of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the establishment of a committee to investigate corruption among government officials.
An annual survey of press freedom calls 2014 “the worst period in Ukraine’s history since independence,” while Azerbaijani reporters are warned to “shut up, flee abroad or be jailed on trumped-up charges.”
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