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The black market has the backing of local state officials. Corrupt bureaucrats abuse their power to stuff their pockets with cash while they are stripping the nation of important natural resource and robbing poverty-stricken rural population of their private property. The black market causes environmental degradation and undermines sustainable economic development in Ukraine, one of the world’s top grain exporters.

The moratorium has never stopped the black market in Ukraine. According to Ukraine’s State Committee on Land Resources (SCLR), almost 20 percent of farmland changed ownership in the last decade.

And it seems that the black market is booming now more than ever. Kharkiv-based environmental NGO Green Front reports that the number of sales advertisements featuring farmland has increased in local newspapers recently.

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