President Viktor Yanukovych is running around the world, touting the independence of Ukraine’s judiciary wherever he goes and whenever he’s asked about the Oct. 11 show-trial conviction of his defeated presidential rival, ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

The truth about Ukraine’s judiciary is far different from the rosy picture that Yanukovych portrays. The truth is that Ukraine’s judicial system is one of the most corrupt and untransparent in the world – with the administration essentially controlling who comes and goes as judges, and widely believed to be deciding how judges rule in important matters.

There are no jury trials and judicial proceedings are shrouded in secrecy, with prosecutors and police having excessive powers.

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