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Kyiv Post - - Independen­ce Special -

E-dec­la­ra­tions Ukraine’s long-awaited elec­tronic as­set dec­la­ra­tion sys­tem went live last year. De­spite at­tempts to sab­o­tage the sys­tem by pub­lic of­fi­cials, and gen­eral skep­ti­cism, it has worked. By Nov. 1, nearly 200,000 pub­lic dec­la­ra­tions by of­fi­cials and mem­bers of par­lia­ment had been made, mark­ing a new stage in the fight against cor­rup­tion.

The stag­ger­ing wealth of Ukraine’s poorly-paid of­fi­cials cer­tainly stirred dis­cus­sion over how they had come by hun­dreds of mil­lions in cash, man­sions, cars, and lux­ury goods. More­over, not a sin­gle top of­fi­cial has been in­ves­ti­gated over the sources of their wealth, or been pun­ished for mak­ing fraud­u­lent earn­ings.

The first, and so far only “big fish” on trial for cor­rup­tion is Ro­man Nasirov, the for­mer chief of the State Fis­cal Ser­vice. The Na­tional Anti-Cor­rup­tion Bureau has linked him to an em­bez­zle­ment scheme with the state-owned gas pro­ducer Ukrgazvy­dobu­van­nya. He was ar­rested in March and is cur­rently in cus­tody.

Chornobyl safety tium No­varka and cost $1.6 bil­lion, funded by the Euro­pean Bank for Re­con­struc­tion and De­vel­op­ment (EBRD).

IMF tranche

For­mer Chief of State Fis­cal Ser­vice Ro­man Nasirov lies in a bed in the de­fen­dant’s cage dur­ing his trial on cor­rup­tion charges in Solo­mi­an­sky Dis­trict Court in Kyiv on March 4. (Volodymyr Petrov)

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