Now it is becoming one of the largest illegal markets in farmland, with approximately $900 million in annual sales, in Eastern Europe. The black market has a backing of local state officials.
Corrupt bureaucrats embezzle 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 of Ukraine, one of the major world 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.