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Old 23rd September 2014, 18:27
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Corruption in Ukraine

Journalist alleges threat after investigating property linked to Yarema’s deputy
Sept. 23, 2014, 7:55 p.m. | Oleg Sukhov

Investigative journalist Alina Strizhak alleges that she and her family were threatened by an unknown man shortly before she broadcast a story on the possible illegal acquisition of property linked to Deputy Prosecutor General Anatoly Danilenko.

Danilenko was Prosecutor General Vitaliy Yarema's chief of staff during Yarema's stint as first deputy prime minister from March to June. After Yarema became the nation's top prosecutor, Danilenko went to work for him there.

Prosecutors did not respond to a request for comment from the Kyiv Post and refused to discuss the issue by phone.

Strizhak's allegation comes amid a series of scandals linked to Yarema’s office, with critics accusing the prosecutor of preserving the corrupt practices of former President Viktor Yanukovych’s regime. The latest scandal was triggered last week by the office’s decision to close the criminal case against Evhen Bakulin, former head of state-owned oil and gas monopoly Naftogaz. Prosecutors reacted to the public outcry by resuming the investigation.

Strizhak works for Nashi Groshi, a show on the Lviv-based ZIK television channel that has extensively covered alleged corruption at the Prosecutor General’s Office and other government bodies. On Sept. 23, ZIK aired an episode of the show called “A deputy prosecutor general seizes more land and lakes than Yanukovych.”

“Several days before the show (on the property linked to Danilenko) was aired, I received a letter supposedly written by a colleague of mine,” Strizhak said, according to Nashi Groshi’s website. “The letter contained files that turned out to be a virus. On the next day, an unknown man came and threatened me and my family. He advised me not to carry out investigations.”

Strizhak told the Kyiv Post that, although the man who threatened her did not mention Danilenko or the Prosecutor General’s Office specifically, the only plausible reason was her story about the Danilenko family’s property. She said it would have made no sense to threaten her in connection with her earlier stories because they had already been aired.

Denys Bigus, head of the Nashi Groshi project, said by phone that this was the first such threat in the show’s history. He added that the Prosecutor General’s Office had not yet reacted to the scandal.

“They’re still silent,” Bigus said. “I hope the Prosecutor General’s Office will wake up.”

Bigus also said the Security Service was supposed to investigate cases in which officials of the Prosecutor General’s Office were suspects.

Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to the interior minister, wrote on Facebook on Sept. 23 that he had talked to Bigus and that police officers would help Bigus create a facial composite to find the culprit.

Vitaliy Shabunin, head of the Anti-Corruption Action Center, also commented on the Danilenko scandal.

“If Vitaly Yarema doesn’t jail his friend and deputy Danilenko, the prosecutor general is also implicated,” he wrote on Facebook. “If Petro Poroshenko allows Yarema not to do anything about this case, he is also implicated. Corruption always has names.”

The story reported by Nashi Groshi targeted 140 hectares of ponds near the villages of Mala Soltanivka and Velika Soltanivka in the Kyiv Oblast’s Vasylkiv district that they said were illegally privatized by a firm called Soltanivka Kaskad. Under Ukrainian law, the ponds could not be privatized and could only be leased.

Soltanivka Kaskad used to be owned by Vyacheslav Danilenko, the son of Anatoly Danilenko; Nikita Ilyin, the son of Gennady Ilyin, who is former head of President Petro Poroshenko’s security guards and a deputy chairman of the Kyiv city council’s anti-corruption committee representing Mayor Vitaly Klitchko’s UDAR party, and Ruslan Skarboviychuk, a member of the Verkhonva Rada and a former member of the Communist Party, Nashi Groshi reported.

Currently, Soltanivka Kaskad belongs to Ilyin’s nephew Yevgeny and Skarboviychuk’s sister Lesya Shvets, according to Nashi Groshi.

The company’s telephone number is registered at the address of Myroslava Chubuk, a business partner of Alexei Lisa – a co-founder of Kyiv-invest, a firm controlled by the Danilenko and Ilyin families, Nashi Groshi reported.

Near Soltanivka, there is a luxury estate owned by Anatoly Danilenko in the village of Khlepcha, according to the Nashi Groshi show. Bigus said by phone that Danilenko’s security guards had stolen Nashi Groshi journalists’ camera tripod when they tried to investigate the estate.

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Lviv mayor’s party wants more power for local authorities and implementation of lustration law
Sept. 23, 2014, 7:26 p.m. | Anastasia Forina

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadoviy’s party Samopomich, or Self-Help, is running for parliament along with around 200 other parties the Oct. 26 snap parliamentary elections.

On Sept. 23, Sadoviy -- considered a rising political star for his revival of Ukraine's unofficial western capital -- laid out his agenda. Giving more power to local authorities, creating new defense system and implementing a law on lustration are among the priorities of the party, which is not represented in the current parliament.

Sadoviy, who is 50th on the party list, believes that authorities in the cities and villages should have more responsibilities, including protection of public order on local level and financing of the cities, villages. He also would like to hold elections to local councils. Cancellation of non-aligned status of Ukraine is another aim of the party.

Pavlo Kyshkar, who serves in the volunteer Donbas Battalion is No. 7 on the party list. Budget financing for the scientific research of military projects, development of the military industry and education are among other concerns of the party, according to Kyshkar.

Implementation of the law on lustration which was passed last week is the priority for Yegor Sobolev, activist of EuroMaidan revolution and head of the civic committee on lustration who is 13th on the party list. The law should make it possible to fire officials who can’t disclose the sources of their incomes and former KGB employees, according to Sobolev.

Aside from that, the party wants Ukraine to become the member of G20, increase purchasing power parity from $7,000 to $20,000 and life expectancy from 69 to 75 years, according to Viktor Kryvenko, chairman of the board of the charity fund Kolo (Circle) who runs 5th on the party list.Lviv mayor’s party wants more power for local authorities and implementation of lustration law
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Old Article from April 2014 Washington Post

What is lustration and is it a good idea for Ukraine to adopt it?

Lustration (from the Latin verb lustrare, to ceremonially purify) refers to a policy that seeks to cleanse a new regime from the remnants of the past. The process involves screening new officials (elected or appointed) for involvement in the former regime and sets some consequences if they are found to have been involved. These consequences can range from publicizing information about collaboration in the previous regime, through dismissal and banning from holding certain offices. read in its entirety:What is lustration and is it a good idea for Ukraine to adopt it? - The Washington Post

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Avakov: 91 policemen, including 8 generals, fired under lustration law
29.10.2014 | 13:59 UNIAN

The Interior Ministry has begun to apply the law on lustration, firing more than 90 police officers, including eight police generals, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

“The Interior Ministry, in accordance with the requirements of the law ‘On the cleasning of power’ has begun the process of lustration,” Avakov wrote.

"As a whole, in the first phase yesterday, I gave orders for the dismissal of 91 workers, some of whom held senior positions in the ministry, as well as others in the ministry's territorial bodies," he said.

According to the minister, the lustration law has already cost eight police generals their jobs.

Among the dismissed officers are the the chiefs of regional offices of the Interior Ministry in Kyiv, Donetsk, Chernihiv, Ternopil, Khmelnytsky, and Poltava, and the leadership of the Security Service Department at the State Automobile Inspectorate.

The lustration law came into force on October 16, the day after its publication in the official government and parliament newspapers.Avakov: 91 policemen, including 8 generals, fired under lustration law : UNIAN news
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15:47 30.10.2014 INTERFAX-UKRAINE
Klitschko: 3 employees of Kyiv administration fall under lustration, almost 50 people fired earlier

As of today, three employees of Kyiv City State Administration have fallen under the effect of the lustration law, Kyiv Mayor and Head of the Kyiv City State Administration Vitali Klitschko has said.

"Three people have fallen under the lustration for now," he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.

In addition, Klitschko urged not to speculate about a number of lustrated officials, as a couple of dozens employees of Kyiv City State Administration, not fit for their positions, had been fired before the law's coming in effect.

"I'd like to attract your attention to [the fact that] without waiting for the lustration law the leadership had been renewed... nearly 50 employees, who didn't meet the key criteria and weren't effective, were fired from Kyiv City State Administration," he added. Klitschko: 3 employees of Kyiv administration fall under lustration, almost 50 people fired earlier
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Sunday 02 november, 2014, 15:25

Lustration of officials picks up in Western Ukraine
Many officials, prosecutors, customs and police officials have been dismissed in Western Ukraine under the law to cleanse the power. However, officials try to put off the lustration by going on sick leaves, our correspondent reports Nov. 2.

n the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, 7 officials have been dismissed – 2 prosecutors, 4 high-ranking police and 1 customs official.

In the Ternopil oblast, 2 police officials and 1 prosecutor fell under the axe.

In the Rivne oblast, 9 officials have been dismissed – 4 customs officials, 2 prosecutors, 2 police officers and the head of the Korets rayon administration.

In Zakarpattia, 9 officials have been fired – 2 police officers, 3 customs officials and 4 prosecutors.

Lviv oblast takes the lead for the number of purged officials, with 12 officials dismissed.

Officials are in no hurry to comply with the lustration law. It is important that the media and NGOs join in the campaign, the author of the lustration law Yehor Sobolev says.

In total, about one million officials are to be screened by the law.

Officials are to be screened for their unaccountable wealth or loyalty during the Miadan revolution.
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Yatsenyuk: Ukraine to start 2nd phase of lustration on Nov. 10
Nov. 5, 2014, 2:12 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ukraine plans to start the second stage of a lustration inquiry on Nov. 10, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.
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Yanukovych-Era Counterintel Chief Arrested In Ukraine
November 10, RADIO FREE EUROPE

A state security officer who was Ukraine's counterintelligence chief in the final weeks of former President Viktor Yanukovych's rule has been arrested on suspicion of "high treason."

The head of Ukraine's Security Service (SBU), Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, said in a televised interview late on November 9 that Volodymyr Bik is suspected of helping "a foreign country to prepare saboteur activities in Ukraine."

Nalyvaychenko said Bik was arrested on November 8.

He had been appointed on February 5, weeks before Yanukovych fled to Russia following huge protests over his decision to abandon plans to tighten ties with Europe.

Nalyvaychenko said investigators are still searching for former SBU chief Oleksandr Yakymenko, who is wanted for alleged giving a command to shoot at the protesters.

Yakymenko and Bik disappeared after Yanukovych’s ouster.

Nalyvaychenko said 25 high treason probes have been launched against Yanukovych-era SBU officials.
Yanukovych-Era Counterintel Chief Arrested In Ukraine
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