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Ukrainian officials received over Hr 12 million in bribes this year

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March 10, 2011, 3:52 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Bribery remains the most common crime in Ukraine, the Interior Ministry has reported.

"The total amount of bribes received was Hr 12.62 million, and the average size of a bribe was Hr 177,000," the Interior Ministry has reported. Acting Chief of the Interior Ministry's Main Department for Combating Organized Crime Eduard Fedosov said that bribes taken by high-ranking officials had been reported in Cherkasy, Kyiv, Ternopil, Donetsk regions, as well as a number of other regions.

Bribery remains the most common crime in Ukraine, Fedosov said.

He also said that the largest bribe demanded by a criminal was Hr 8 million.

Fedosov noted that about 30-40% of the current cases of bribery had been already been sent to the courts.
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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 4:20 p.m.    

multiply it by 10,000 times and you might a a close idea. You can not even get a single bureaucratic stamp on paper without paying some low level power thirsty idiot. How ever this was only the "Opposition" who took these bribes. The current President would never allow corruption in "his" Ukraine.

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 4:37 p.m.    

Oh please come on. Only 12 million hrv? Do polititians not realize how they ridcule themselves?

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 7:33 p.m.    

it is quite interesting article.

i have only one question - how did they calculate all these statistic data ???

if somebody aware about methodology of this researches, plc, share with your knowlege.

TIA

YC

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 7:45 p.m.    

Yanukovych decreed that bribery is not a crime in Ukraine. How else could he account for &quot;winning&quot; the election?

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 7:50 p.m.    

I agree with the comment below, how in the worlds name does this number come up?

Secondly, if these are reported numbers (reported to the Ministry of Interior), why have these not been made public to shame for all and to set an example of what will happen if you try it. Public shame and pictures in news should do it i guess.

However, have they looked into the politicians business interests and seen how many of these companies have generated business just to get into a sector. This is well known strategy within Energy sector to recieve &quot;bribes&quot; as &quot;consultancy&quot; fees from their private owned &quot;consultancy&quot; companies.

I think the comitee has to look into this and make rules of politicians and administrators to reveal their business interest and actively monitor hability issues between cases in business and political/adminsitrative decisions made.

Until then, just forget this number game, no one seen, no one heard and we can continue, no ramifications for what we do. Just not be so obvious as the guy who got caught or a gentle slap on the fingers for the &quot;criminals&quot; who took bribe and say - no no, do not do it like this - you should do it like this, so no one can see you.

Handbook in bribes for politicians and administrators within the officials.

Instead it should be a handbook on what will happen if taken -

1. Public announcement of case and the involved parties, that investigations have been initiated

2. When (if it ever will happen) public announcement of punishment and ban from ever to take public office or become PM in Ukraine - ever

3. All assets to be taken away from not only the person employed, but from his family, where it can be a hint of suspicion that the money has been spread amongst all generations and genders within the family.

4. Ban on doing business in Ukraine - ever, even not allowed to be passive owner of any Ukraine entity or entities owned by foreign companies where these persons have ownership offshore wise.

5. Next - no prison, but forced labour activity as punishment - take job as renovation or cleaning of streets for a minimum of 5 years with a pay og 700 UAH per month. I bet that will sit good.... Join the 22% in UKraine (9 millions) that have less than 700 UAH per month.

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Anonymous March 10, 2011, 7:53 p.m.    

How many in the offical ranks in public administration sit on a board of a company in Ukraine and receieve his/hers fees for his/her activities - or lack of such?

Just wonder, i know about several..... Would be interesting to know if this comitee has any knowledge and listing of these engagements and what link these have to activities in various business sectors in Ukraine.....

Just wonder,,,,, i know no one will have an answer, just to tell, there will never be a solution to these Crimes unless there is transparencey in ownerships/appointments/interest amongst the officials in private business and what decisions they are allowed to participate in due to hability reasons.

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Anonymous March 11, 2011, 8:18 a.m.    

Here in the USA bribes are called &quot;political contributions.&quot;

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