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Ukraine/Moldova Investigations

The Real Cost of Elections in Melitopol

One of the main requirements of the Ukrainian election law is for candidates and parties to declare expense for their campaigns. Many of them lied about their actual expenses, declaring much lower ones, while many others decided not to report at all, this investigation documents. All candidates said that the staffs of their campaign headquarters […]

From Ukraine to London with Cash

Property prices are skyrocketing in London. Part of the reason is that elite property is turning into hiding places for dirty money from various countries – among them Ukraine. Oligarchs and politicians such as Rinat Akhmetov, Viktor Pinchuk, Dmytro Firtash and Olha Kaletnyk have purchased penthouses and apartments where they do not live – they […]

Ukrainian Politicians Broke the Rules of Campaigning

Regardless of the new law “On Local Elections,” the Ukrainian election process in October 2015 was again non-transparent, dishonest, and corrupt. Journalists from the Mykolaiv Center for Investigative Journalism looked into expenses for exterior advertising that was officially declared by political parties and candidates and compared that to the real cost. In some cases, the […]

The Army Protects a Very Private Secret

    The Ukrainian army is not only using its Yavoriv training field for training, but also for a private hunting ground and marina. This land was part of the biggest military training field in Ukraine and hunting and fishing was prohibited there. Nevertheless, what was prohibited for some people was allowed for others. Now […]

A Very Special Passport Service

People who apply for international passports or other services at the Rivne branch of the State Migration Service pay extra handwritten bills. Most applicants just pay the bills without asking any questions, despite the fact that they have to pay to an account of an unknown private entrepreneur. Journalist Dmytro Bondar of the Rivne Agency […]

Journalist Goes Undercover to Reveal Internet Brothels

A Ukrainian journalist went undercover to get a job with an Internet brothel in Lutsk, where she gathered evidence from other women working there and from communicating with clients – strip dancing with them. The whole set up is strange: The owner of the company is a former top official from the Volyn police department, […]

Driver’s Licenses for Sale

In Ukraine everybody knows that driver’s licenses can be purchased for money, even without knowing how to drive or knowing the rules. Even though everybody knows about that, the police never arrest anyone and this corrupt scheme flourishes. In the meantime, 5000 people are killed on the roads each year. In order to collect evidence, […]

How to Turn Poison into Gold

The Kalush-region in Ukraine is a very dangerous place to live. There is pollution (hexachlorobenzene) at a scale, one cannot grasp. And the clean-up operation turned into a scandal that made some very rich and left the region just as polluted as it was before. A group of Ukrainian journalists took a closer look at […]

Vinnytsya Water: Every Sip Calls for your Courage

Water from the tap in the Ukrainian town of Vinnytsya smells badly, it tastes badly, citizens don’t like it. But according to the waterworks the drinking water complies to all state norms, and the chief sanitary doctor Iryna Odnostalko sees no problems here: ‘If you drink the water from the tap, trust me, it will […]

It’s Toxic, but It’s Money

Kalush in the Ivano-Frankivsk region in western Ukraine is declared an ‘environmental disaster zone’ and has received a lot of money from the national government for a clean-up. But instead of being used to improve the environment, the money have become a source for fraud and making money illegally. Very little happens to the thousands […]