BY DMYTRO GNAP and ANNA BABINETS
Editor’s Note: The following is an investigation conducted by the Washington-based Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a Kyiv Post partner. The authors are Kyiv-based Ukrainian journalists working for the investigative bureau Slidstvo.info.
ODESA, Ukraine – A stretch of dried-up swamp on the outskirts of Odesa is where probably more cash is exchanged daily than just about any other location in Ukraine. The 50-hectare location is known as Euroterminal, a cargo and customs clearinghouse with a murky ownership structure that has support from Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych, who helped get it started.