“Do as we say, not as we do.” That could be the catchphrase of Ukraine’s politicians.

They talk of fighting corruption while living in mansions that their official salaries could never afford. They talk of working hard but rarely turn up for work in parliament.

According to a former top aide to Deputy Prime Minister Sergiy Tigipko, they also campaign to bring salary payments out of the shadows while paying staff in envelopes. Oleksandra Kuzhel, a veteran politician and government official, made the accusations against her former boss in a newspaper interview on May 15.

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