Ukraine

Ukraine – Country Ruled By Most Corrupt Regime in the World

by Dmitry Minin
Strategic Culture Foundation
March 7, 2015

Mezhyhirya, former President Yanukovych’s private residence (--Telegraph) Not really so grand for a President.

Mezhyhirya, former President Yanukovych’s private residence (–Telegraph) Not really so grand for a President.

If somebody asked those who joined the Maidan protests a year ago what were the reasons for doing so, they would probably say that the rampant corruption was the last straw. The protests have become a thing of the past, the government has changed, and corruption has spread to be become practically all-pervading. The corruption in Ukraine is a unique and unparalleled phenomenon. The old hierarchic corruption system had its own rules and restrictions. Now corruption has no boundaries going out of running control. It’s impossible to know who pockets what, in what quantities and why. It’s free for all. The modernization of corruption is the only thing the new regime has modernized. Nobody has rushed to shoot footages of new rulers’ luxury mansions that make pale the Mezhyhirya, the former President Yanukovych’s private residence – the symbol of Ukrainian corruption in high places that has been given too much attention for too long to make people sick of the whole shebang. Actually it was nothing special just another large, vulgar-style country house. In its article Welcome to Ukraine, the most corrupt nation in Europe the British Guardian reports that according to the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index – the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide – rates Ukraine 142nd in the world, alongside Uganda. In the latest ranking, it fell behind Nigeria leaving only primitive tribes behind. The article says «Since 1991, officials, members of parliament and businessmen have created complex and highly lucrative schemes to plunder the state budget. The theft has crippled Ukraine. The economy was as large as Poland’s at independence, now it is a third of the size. Ordinary Ukrainians have seen their living standards stagnate, while a handful of oligarchs have become billionaires».

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Rada Deputy Sergey Kaplin, a lawmaker from Poroshenko’s coalition, says that actually all ministries have bribe collectors. 80% of schemes practiced in the days of old regime remain in force. Loopholes for tax evasion continue to exist (wire transfers turned into cash). New schemes appeared. It has become impossible to keep track of money flows. According to Kaplin, the Yatsenyuk government’s corruption record has left the cabinet of Azarov far behind.

No matter how tragic it is, the ongoing war provides great opportunities for money laundering. The government reports say weapons systems and equipment are sent to the battle zone in huge quantities against the background of servicemen laments. The military say they lack everything. It’s easy to guess why. On paper it’s all sent to the front area while in reality the military supplies are sold to those who offer a better price. It has been reported many times that go-betweens take equipment from storages to sell it for the price exceeding three times the real cost. For instance, Ukrspetsexport and Ukrinmash state holding companies wanted the defence industry to pay kickbacks plus 10% commission charged for «consulting services» etc.

Ukroboronprom IDEX 2015 (--Ukroboronprom)

Ukroboronprom IDEX 2015 (–Ukroboronprom)

Now the probability of increasing the military strength by one third up to 250 thousand is discussed at top level. One can imagine how much money will be pocketed! Ukroboronprom is a state-owned conglomerate (approximately 130 defence and engineering organisations) in Ukraine specializing in development, production and realization of arms products. It is placed in charge of the military-industrial complex in the country. It reaps benefit from the «Red Harvest» of war. Its current head Roman Romanov is only a nominal figure. Oleg Svinarchuk, the owner of Bogdan Corporation involved in a wide range of businesses, is the shady owner of the conglomerate, he is the one who calls the shots. Svinarchuk serves a link connecting the military-industrial complex to President Poroshenko, his personal friend and former partner, who has made him the Bogdan corporation majority shareholder. As a result of spot check of Ukroboronprom-owned 17 companies conducted by prosecutor’s office in mid-2014, 189 transport and armor vehicles and 440 artillery, aviation and other systems were missing. Nobody was found guilty.

Petro Poroshenko, IDEX 2015 (--Ukroboronprom)

Petro Poroshenko, IDEX 2015 (–Ukroboronprom)

 

A Ukrainian delegation headed by Petro Poroshenko (did he pursue private interest?) looked rather peculiar as it visited the recent Abu Dhabi arms exhibition. The President said that he allegedly reached agreements of arms deals to boost he capability of the forces taking part in the «anti-terrorist operation».

 

IDEX 2015 (--Ukroboronprom)

IDEX 2015 (–Ukroboronprom)

Arabs were surprised to hear that. They denied the information. Until now they have been arms importers, not exporters. It would be logical to surmise that it was not purchases that the Ukrainian team discussed but rather arms sales abroad as the «anti-terrorist operation» made some systems happen to be surplus. Otherwise what made the Ukrainian President, the man with such a busy schedule, go to the Persian Gulf?

Another deed of Ukroboronprom was the purchase of a significant number of obsolete British Saxon armoured personnel carriers produced as far back as the 1960s. The vehicles are no good for fighting in open terrain.

British Saxon APC (--Wikipedia)

British Saxon APC (–Wikipedia)

No matter a significant sum of money was allocated and spent, nobody saw the armoured carriers on the battle field. Experts believe it will take a long time for Saxons to get to the combat area as additional money will have to be spent on the vehicles’ upgrade. Ukroboronprom officials have an axe to grind being involved in the process. Andrei Ivanchuk representing alcoholic beverages industry and Nikolay Martynenko involved in fuel and energy sector production are close associates of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The Prime Minister ordered to privatize the strategic state enterprise Ukrspirt and make Andrei Ivanchuk its owner. The decision may deprive the country of tax revenues. Nikolai Martynenko serves his fourth term as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Fuel and Energy, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety Committee. The things he does together with the Prime Minister may lead to great financial losses and man-made disaster. In late January Energoatom, an enterprise which to some extent operates under Martynenko’s control and Holtec International signed a $300 million amendment to their contract to build a central used fuel storage facility (CSFSF) at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the supply of used nuclear fuel dry cask storage systems. The details of the contract are kept secret. The equipment will be delivered by the end of 2020, with the “key developmental stage” set as 2015-2017. During this period, the design and construction of the storage facility will be completed, Holtec’s equipment and technology will be installed and the CSFSF will be commissioned. Journalists say the price tag is three times higher than it should be. For Ukraine it’s a shackling agreement without any safety guarantees. According to experts’ estimates, the implementation of the contract will lead to rise of energy prices for final consumers under the disguise of complying with the conditions imposed by the International Monetary Fund which envision bringing the energy prices up to market level. The final fate of multi-million deal concluded with South Africa on coal supplies is hanging in the air.

There is a plethora of cases proving the fact of merciless corruption going rampant in Ukraine. The deaths of State Property Fund Valentina Semenyuk and Mikhail Chechetov are a good example. The both knew a lot about state funds embezzlement schemes practiced by Ukrainian officials and tycoons.

Foreigners, especially those who come from Georgia and the Baltic States, have preferences when it comes to distribution of responsible government positions related to property issues. Some of them face corruption charges back home. Mikheil Saakashvili faces financial abuse charges in Georgia. He is a candidate for a position of the chairman of Ukraine’s anti-corruption bureau. At the same time Saakashvili lobbies in US and other countries for arms to be sent to Ukraine. But what could the foreigners, who have joined the Yatsenyuk’s cabinet, do when common laws of economic development have no relation to Ukraine’s economy? The economic rudder is under manual control and one should know all the ins and outs of dealing with shady business. All these outsiders can do is help to more effectively hide away what remains of Ukraine’s national wealth.

Original

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

News from Novorossiya

Tuesday November 27, 2018 - Breaking News from DONETSK and LUGANSK Today

News from Novorossiya

EVIDENCE: Kerch Incident Was Planned Provocation – Pretext for US Aid, Martial Law, War in Donbass - 21st Century Wire - November 26, 2018

Quemado Institute – Syria

The Secret Power Behind Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - First Lady Asma al-Assad: The Most Courageous Woman in the Mideast Firmly Stands With the Bravest Head of State - VIDEO - Millennium Report - Posted November 26, 2018

Quemado Institute Opinion

Must View VIDEOS of California Firestorm Analysis: California Fires and the Fallout of the Purposeful Destruction of a State - State of the Nation - November 27, 2018

News from Novorossiya

Editorial on Donbass Elections, Donetsk Leadership and Quemado Institute Future Coverage / By Karl Pomeroy, Quemado Institute Chief Editor / Quemado Institute / November 4, 2018

News from Novorossiya

"There is every reason to believe Kiev regime behind Zakharchenko’s murder." -- Maria Zakharova on the assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko - TASS - August 31, 2018

Alternate Search Engines
DuckDuckGo
Bing
Cuyahoga Libnet
MyWay.com
*** BOYCOTT GOOGLE ***

Quemado Institute World

We Told You That Once The Establishment Silenced Assange, The Rest Of The Media Would Be Next: We Were Right - By Elizabeth Vos - Disobedient Media - August 17, 2018

Quemado Institute Opinion

Opinion: The Eulogy Of An Immortal Russiagate Scandal - By Elizabeth Vos - Disobedient Media - August 17, 2018

Quemado Institute Report

Quagmire Gets Deeper as Globalists Push for War – Finian Cunningham, James George Jatras, Brian Cloughley - Strategic Culture Foundation - August 13, 2018

Quemado Institute Opinion

Freedom of speech in the United States was finally strangled. Who is next? -By Andrey Afanasyev - Katehon.com - August 17, 2018

Quemado Institute World

Julian Assange in Immense Danger - James Cogan - May 14, 2018 - Ecuador Hints It May Hand Over Assange

Quemado Institute Culture Page

Puccini's Most Beautiful Aria - Adriana Martino sings "Quando men vo", Scala, 1965 - From the 1965 movie production of the opera La Boheme, directed by renowned Italian film-maker Franco Zefirelli, under the musical direction of Herbert Von Karajan.

Day of Sorrow August 31 2018

Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko, one of the greatest of world leaders, was assassinated today, August 31, 2018, no doubt by Ukrainian saboteurs. He gave his life willingly for the freedom of his country. Let us know he has not died in vain.

For those who mourn the death of DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko, there is some consolation to be found in the comment section at The Saker.

Full Report at NEWS FROM NOVOROSSIYA

Quemado Institute – Syria

Syrian Refugees Return Home: Buy Why Not From Europe? - By Sophie Mangal - August 16, 2018

News from Novorossiya

Ukrainian forces shell DPR with two dozen rounds over past 24 hours – JCCC / Thursday, March 8, 2018

Quemado Institute – Syria

Situation Worsens in Syrian South: US Defends Terrorists while Israel Strikes Deal with Russia - By Sophie Mangal - June 20, 2018

Quemado Institute World

Does S400 Make F35 Obsolete? Full Analysis by Defense Updates - The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II which is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters is undergoing final testing by the United States.

Quemado Institute Report

Syria Strike Fails: US, Britain, France Bomb Damascus Friday April 13 2018 - By Kennedy Applebaum - Based on as-it-happened on-site reports by Twitter source AJSB

Quemado institute – Syria

How British Media Publish Hoaxes on Syria - April 8, 2018 - An article from The Guardian titled “Biggest airstrikes in a year hit Syria after rebels shoot down Russian jet” claims that “Russian and Syrian jets have bombed up to 18 towns across north-west Syria . . . Click image to read more.

Quemado Institute Modern Physics

Quantum Theory of Gravitation - by Vasily Yanchilin - Posted April 12, 2018 - A fascinating new approach to gravity and cosmology, this film is about The Quantum Theory of Gravitation discovered by Russian scientist Vasily Yanchilin.

Quemado Institute Culture Page

Reinhold Messner - World's Greatest Mountaineer - VIDEO Interview set in the Italian Alps

News from Novorossiya

Donbass News - Full Report - December 24, 2017 - SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EDITION

Quemado Institute Syria Page

US supports Kurds in Syria: Turks react - By Mehmet Ersoy - January 27, 2018 - The Operation Olive Branch in northern Syria started five days ago. Five days ago the Afrin region became a possible hotbed of a full-scale . . . CLICK TO READ MORE>>

News from Novorossiya

The Silent War in the Donbas - Frontline Accounts of Volunteers Fighting in the Trenches - VIDEO by Vesti News - December 23, 2017

News from Novorossiya

APU Has Begun Preparations for Seizure of Two Villages in Mariupol Direction - Eduard Basurin - DNR News - November 30, 3017

News from Novorossiya

Kiev launches over 1,200 shells on DPR territory in 24 hours - JCCC - DONi News - November 26, 2017 - The Ukrainian army launched more than 1,200 shells on the front-line localities of the Donetsk People’s Republic over the past 24 hours . . . Click image for more>>

Quemado Institute Editorial

New Lugansk Leadership Offers Hope For Donbass Unity - Eduard Popov - Introduction - LPR Presidential Transition: The Dark Side and the Light Side - By Kennedy Applebaum - Lugansk after the Coup: Towards a Unified Donbass People's Republic? - By Eduard Popov - Fort Russ - November 26, 2017

Quemado Institute Syria Page

Famous White Helmets' FB-accounts Exposed: Look Into Their Eyes Again (Photos) - By Sophie Mangal - November 25, 2017

Quemado Institute – Syria

ISIS Emirs decided to get away from the horrible slaughter near Der-ez-Zorr in Istanbul? - Written by Sophie Mangal for Quemado Institute - September 27, 2017 - Posted October 3, 2017

Quemado institute Syria Page

Russian special forces repel US-planned attack in Syria, denounce USA and issue a stark warning By The Saker - September 21, 2017

Quemado Institute – World

US Gov’t Pesticide Spraying In Wake Of Harvey - A Toxic Boon To Agrochemical Giants - By Whitney Webb - Mint Press News - Posted September 14, 2017

Quemado Institute Opinion Page

GeoEngineeringWatch.org VIDEO - CIA Agent Whistleblower Risks All To Expose the Shadow Government - Posted September 7, 2017

Quemado Institute Editorial

Cataclysm of Planetary Decline: Are Insects Facing Extinction? Apocalyptic Forewarning - By Karl Pomeroy - Quemado Institute - August 30, 2017

Quemado Institute Editorial

Afghanistan Escalation: Full Analysis by Quemado Institute - Donald Trump and the War of the Imperial West - By Karl Pomeroy - August 26, 2017

Quemado Institute Report

Google Censorship Under Scrutiny – By Claire Connelly - With introduction by Quemado Institute - August 19, 2017 - Revised September 4, 2017

Quemado Institute Opinion Page

VIDEO – Are Closed Walmarts Being Converted To FEMA Internment Camps? - These journalists raise troublesome questions we can’t answer - Posted. September 6, 2017

Novorossiya Daily Sun -Official Website Link-

Official Link To Quemado Institute's Dedicated Donbass News Site

Quemado Journal of Gravitational Physics Official Website Link

Investigations in nonstandard theories of gravity and cosmology.

Follow Quemado Institute on WordPress.com

Archives

Categories

Recent Posts

Censorship Looms Over European Union

Quemado Institute editor Karl Pomeroy received a legal threat today in response to a comment he posted on the Russia Insider website about the rise of the R********d banking family. The comment did not mention race, but was of historical content. The threatener accused Karl of “spreading Nazi propaganda,” then repeated the full text of the German Criminal Code Section 130, which outlaws inciting “hatred against a national, racial, religious group or a group defined by their ethnic origins,” which Karl’s comment did not do. A similar law, it was claimed, is now in force in 11 other European countries and carries a penalty of up to five years. The wording of the law is so vague, it could be applied to any criticism of those in power. If a political analyst can accidentally “violate” this totalitarian decree, there is no freedom of speech or press in Europe.

%d bloggers like this: