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).
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)