A great cover up at the customs in Lviv in Ukraine has distracted media and public from the what is really going on: a ‘war’ for the power to continue corruption and accept bribes.
Reporter: Taras Zozulinskyi, posted May 17th, 2011.
It is well known to the public and law enforcement how customs officers earn cash – devaluing cargo, roofing `black’ goods, reloading trucks into personal cars – these are a few of the schemes that bring untaxed cash to customs.
Each officer has to share the `income’ with their supervisors up the chain – there is an entire system of rules and oversight inside the customs system.
Furthermore, the investigation showed how the “fight against corruption” at customs is a nice way to cover up a `war’ for the power at the Lviv customs.
It appears that recent arrests of customs officers who accepted bribes was only a way to get rid of the staff at specific customs posts on the western border and bring in new groups.
The whole process of arrests and catching bribes was just another scheme created by head customs officials, distracting the media’s and public’s attention.
The general conclusion is that public as well as the Ukrainian treasury has been and are still being cheated while certain people are taking turns making fortunes on customs activities.
The story was published by Informator, the newspaper of the Agency for Investigative Journalism, in its February 24-March 2 and March 3-9 issues.
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