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You're reading: Asset declaration in Ukraine akin to window-dressing

In 2011, the Verkhovna Rada managed to
piece together only the basic framework for a new system, and the
2012 follow ups meant to clarify the process. However, the law that
came about, “On
Rules of Ethical Conduct of Public Servants
”,
is so vague that no one is quite sure how to implement it.

Despite some encouraging provisions,
such as mandating disclosure of any expenditures over 15,000 euros,
the new legislation carries over almost all of the disabling
components of its predecessor: the complete lack of an investigative
or regulatory body in charge of verifying the accuracy of reports, as
well as no provision for electronic publication.

This latter component means the
Ukrainians’ only access to information on their public employees’
finances are through the ministries’ official periodicals, which are
print-only documents that are not normally seen in the wild in
quantities higher than five or ten. Their propensity to disappear
entirely means that they are roughly as effective a means of
communication as writing in the sand at Yalta slightly before high
tide.

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