Anti-Corruption laws - Ukraine (It’s not the laws but ineffective implementation)

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One of the (United-ish) opposition platforms for their next term in opposition has been stated as creating more anti-corruption laws as outlined here. As I wrote only a few days ago, Ukraine does not need more anti-corruption laws.  It has plenty. In fact, not only does Ukraine have plenty of anti-corruption laws, the laws it has […]

Must be something in the water……


Many readers will not have a clue what or who IDS Group Ukraine is. IDS Group Ukraine is part of IDS Borjomi International, owned in part by influential shareholders from France, the UK and USA amongst others - and The Netherlands where IDS Borjomi International is headquartered. IDS Group Ukraine is most well know for […]

Freedom House partners new Ukrainian anti-corruption blog


Bloggers against Corruption -  That seems fairly straight to the point as far as website titles go. It is the latest civil society platform for bloggers to bring to the attention of others, corruption great and small - be it local, regional or national in Ukraine. The platform has been created by the Institute of […]

Russian Defence Ministry formally complains to Ukraine of UESU debt

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Well it was bound to happen eventually and really there is no surprise it is happening now. Ms Tymoshenko’s activities and those of her former company, United Energy Systems of Ukraine, will now come under further scrutiny as the Russian Defence Ministry has now lodged a formal complaint with Kyiv over an outstanding debt which […]

Securities as instuments of tax evasion - Ukraine


Well who would have thought it? Banks and financial instruments being used to avoid tax! Well yes, we all would have thought it.  We’ve all got fairly used to the idea that banks, financial markets and financial instruments are not the bastions of goodly deeds - regardless of which bank it is, where ever it […]

Tax Service statements are as unclear as the tax laws it seem


The Ukrainian tax laws, whilst recently revamped and somewhat easier to follow than they once were, are still a labyrinth set with multiple traps for the unwary. That said, there is a very large proportion of Ukrainian society that simply ignore the tax laws at any given opportunity due to the varying shades of grey […]

Ukrainian Cypriot relations

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The EU’s very naughty boy, the offshore tax haven of Cyprus, and Ukraine are getting ever more friendly. Last week, the Cypriot President paid his first ever visit to Ukraine, and this whilst Cyprus is also holding the EU Presidency. Amongst the somewhat more bizarre things to happen whilst in Ukraine, President Chrsitofias was given […]

Sky high pricing - Ukrainian National Aviation University


How much does a trainer aircraft cost?  Do you get discount for volume?  As a government entity, do you go through a foreign unknown finance agency for the funds? It seems the National Aviation University of Ukraine, on 23rd July, signed a contracted with Diamond Finance Services GmbH (Austria) for 7 training aircraft at a […]

Another international PR disaster for Ukraine - Or is it?


In yet another international PR disaster, forgetting the domestic ones, it seems Volodymyr  Gerashchenko from the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee has been caught in a British media sting relating to the sale of Olympic tickets on the black market. In a nutshell, he apparently agreed to sell about 100 Olympic tickets to a journalist posing as […]

Corruption - A good article thereon

OK.  I am tired.  Late to bed Saturday night due to the tradition of being in Orthodox churches at an ungodly hour for Easter, followed by far too much food, far too much wine and far too much family yesterday, again finishing at an ungodly hour. I will leave you with this very insightful article […]