Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has proposed the introduction of a new anti-corruption law after the the country’s Constitutional Court annulled the president’s previous anti-graft bill, a move that raised both domestic and international concerns that the country is backtracking in the fight against corruption.
In 2015, the Ukrainian parliament passed a law criminalising illegal enrichment as a pre-condition to receive a 17.5 million-US dollar bailout from the International Monetary Fund.
Ukraine’s highest court announced the law as unconstitutional stating that it violated the “the presumption of innocence” principle by obliging suspects to prove their assets were obtained legally instead of obliging the authorities to show proof that the assets were obtained by corrupt practices.
“The decision by the constitutional court is a step backwards in Ukraine’s anti-corruption struggle and a step towards the revenge of the old system,” the National Anti-Corruption Bureau summed up in its statement.
The Ukrainian office of Transparency International estimated that more than 50 corruption cases have to be closed down due to the court ruling.
“I am commissioning a presidential bill which takes into account the remarks [of the court], but preserves the key position – the inevitability of criminal punishment for illicit enrichment,” the Ukrainian president said.
Mr Poroshenko’s move comes just weeks before Ukraine’s presidential elections. Earlier this week, Yulia Tymoshenko, one of the other major presidential candidates, as well as opposition MPs, called for the president’s impeachment.
Move by pro-EU Prime Minister to turn August 23 into a day of remembrance for victims of totalitarianism may trigger an ideological fight with her pro-Russian coalition partners – who celebrate the victory in 1944 of the Soviet Red Army on that day.( ) Read all
Sept. 1 marks the 80th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland — an event that heralded the beginning of World War II. Two years later, the United States entered the war as an ally of both Great Britain and the Soviet Union. By that time, France and numerous other...( ) Read all
One of the most celebrated diplomats of his generation, Richard Holbrooke helped normalize U.S. relations with China; served as U.S. ambassador to a newly reunified Germany and then to the United Nations; and, most famously, negotiated the 1995 Dayton peace agreement that ended the war in...( ) Read all
Russia wants to strike a short-term deal with Kiev on gas transit to Europe when the current 10-year agreement expires in order to buy time to complete pipelines that will bypass Ukraine, four sources familiar with Russian thinking said.( ) Read all
Looking for a combined wine and gastronomy vacation? Looking for something adventurous and a bit off the beaten track? Try Moldova. This is probably not the first country that pops up in your mind. Some people may not even know it as a wine country. But it definitely is one. And an old one at that.( ) Read all
The Commission has resumed budget support assistance to the Republic of Moldova by disbursing €14.54 million today to support the implementation of the EU-Moldova free trade agreement, to finance vocational education trainings and to assist the implementation of the visa liberalisation...( ) Read all
Red faces in Moscow this weekend, with the news that hackers have successfully targeted FSB—Russia's Federal Security Service. The hackers managed to steal 7.5 terabytes of data from a major contractor, exposing secret FSB projects to de-anonymize Tor browsing, scrape social media,...( ) Read all
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Moldova's new pro-European government to continue on the path of reforms and step up the fight against widespread corruption, saying Berlin would offer Chisinau its support.( ) Read all
Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale congratulated Moldova's new prime minister, Maia Sandu, and expressed U.S. support for her government during a July 13 meeting in the Moldovan capital.( ) Read all
The first batch of oil from the USA arrived at the port of the Ukrainian city of Odesa. According to the press service of the port, 75 thousand tons of Bakken grade oil was purchased by PJSC Ukrtatnafta and will be processed at the Kremenchuk oil refinery.( ) Read all