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Ukraine's Cabinet sacks senior official for bribe

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June 2, 2010, 1:40 p.m. |
Ukrainian officials say a deputy environment minister has been sacked for accepting a bribe of $200,000, the first major official in the country's new government to fall as a result of corruption. Prosecutors say they caught Bogdan Presner taking a bribe in exchange for helping appoint a regional official.

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Wednesday the government would grant no leniency to corrupt officials.

Azarov was appointed head of government in March after the election of President Viktor Yanukovych, who pledged to fight the country's endemic graft.
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Anonymous June 2, 2010, 1:43 p.m.    

200.000 more to go.........

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Anonymous June 2, 2010, 1:54 p.m.    

Thats bull, until someome is prosecuted and sent to jail with confiscation of property we will not believe the false propaganda. Consider this a minieter appointed to public office and paid with taxpayer's money is just sacked for accepting a bribe, how about returning the stolen money and how about prosecuting him and the people that gave the money. All this give the appearance that things are being done but is not so in reality.

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Anonymous June 3, 2010, 3:50 a.m.    

Obviously this man rejected the 190,000 bribe offered by the Donetsk mafia.

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Anonymous June 4, 2010, 2:30 p.m.    

Unfortunately other mafia people (like a deputy Glynyanchuk,head of minister's office Klokotsky) are still in the Ministry. No word about environmental protection - only money. Hopefully, it will be changed on demand of NGOs and public.

See http://helsinki.org.ua/en/index.php?id=1274984994 ; http://helsinki.org.ua/en/index.php?id=1273150385

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