Lytvyn signs procurement bill that may fuel corruption

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July 24, 2012, 7:08 p.m. | Politics — by Yuriy Onyshkiv

Ukraine's parliament speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn (third from left) signed on July 17 a controversial state procurement bill. The law is now under consideration by President Viktor Yanukovych, who is second from left in this photo next to Prime Minister Mykola Azarov at far left.

Yuriy Onyshkiv

While the country was shocked by the adoption of the language law on July 4, pro-presidential lawmakers passed another law that could end up costing the nation much more. The controversial bill on state procurement further reduces competition and oversight of state purchases, which are already bleeding the budget.

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