Those two events highlighted just how corrupt and wasteful state procurements have been in Ukraine. Up to a third of the nation’s $30 billion (Hr 370 billion) national budget has been lost to corruption in the past years.
But parliament’s struggle to find a bare 226-majority – after a first vote that failed – shows how rigid the system is, and how difficult it will be to uproot it, even with the best of intentions. The law was sabotaged by the former ruling Party of Regions, the Communists and independent deputies; in other words, by those political forces that benefited the most from the system in place.
Fortunately, we see progress in anti-corruption investigations. On April 9, Deputy General Prosecutor Mykola Holomsha said 14 financial institutions were uncovered to have laundered Hr 140 billion, for example.