Committing to the Fight Against Corruption in Ukraine

Lester Mason
December 8, 2017

Lutsenko's empty seat is even more telling as two other key Ukrainian anti-corruption officials, National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine chief Artem Sytnyk and Special Anti-corruption Prosecutor Nazar Kholodnytskiy, have joined the forum.

"The public disclosure of a corruption investigation by the General Prosecutor Office significantly weakens the capacity of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) to effectively conduct investigations and undermines public trust in an effective fight against corruption", the European Union statement added. The draft law suggests that the Verkhovna Rada should have the right to consider dismissal of leadership of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office and the State Bureau of Investigation without inspections.

Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko unexpectedly skipped an invitation to travel to Washington for a high-profile anti-corruption forum, an investigative journalist reported Monday. "We also urge the authorities to move quickly with legislation to operationalize an independent anti-corruption court", Lagarde continued.

The IMF is one of the largest contributors to a $US 40 billion bailout package intended for Ukrainian reforms.

Reflecting the choice of the people of Ukraine, the United States calls on all branches of Ukraine's government to work together cooperatively to eliminate corruption from public life. The country received the grant after the ousting of the Russia-backed president, Viktor Yanukovich, but concerns over the progress of reforms already led the IMF to delay billions of dollars for the fund.

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