Gangly, tall and bespectacled, Leshchenko is a common sight in parliament and major political events, pestering power brokers for comments and demanding answers. He is an intrepid investigator who has picked up many scoops over the years and dug deeply to uncover connections between corrupt schemes and powerful individuals.
He is the man behind most investigations that allowed us to see through the opaque ownership structure of Mezhyhirya, the president’s vast estate that has become a symbol of corruption in this era of Ukraine. Other investigations include crooked public procurement schemes worth millions of dollars during the nation‘s construction spree to co-host the 2012 European soccer championship. Most recently, he documented the lavish cars owned by many of the nation’s lawmakers.
This week Leshchenko has not one, but two major achievements of which to boast. Apart from the press freedom award, which he received on June 20, he is officially presenting a book on June 21.