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Ukraine/Moldova Investigations

Kicked out of Office – But not of His Official Flat

High ranking Ukrainian officials who were lustrated for their connections to the corrupt government of president Viktor Yanukovych have managed to stay in flats, they got because of their job. This is just one result of a new investigation of free housing for public servants I the city of Lutsk done by the Rivne Agency […]

How to Make Personal Profit from a National Park

Oleksandr Vertsekha, a former advisor to the governor of Rivne, has managed to turn a job as manager of the Dermansko-Ostozkiy National Park into a profitable business for himself. Reporter Dmytro Bondar from ‘Fourth Power’ investigated the scheme. Oleksandr Vertsekha became the director of a national park in Rivne thanks to lobbying from the Party […]

Deputy Ministers Make Rules for Their Own Businesses

Conflict of Interest: According to Ukrainian legislation, any person obtaining a job in the government has to leave management positions in private businesses.But reporters Yuriy Vinnichuk and Dmitriy Korol of Insider proved that some ministers and deputy ministers neglected this legislative requirement. The three-part investigation show that many ministers and deputy ministers not only own […]

Undercover in a Filthy Kitchen

A correspondent of “Komsomolskaya Pravda” in Belarus worked for a month without a health certificate at a kitchen with Asians and learned what was hidden from the eyes of customers. Olga Deksnis’ series was published in six parts. Read the original article: Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part […]

How to steal a flat

Ukrainian judges, police officers, state prosecutors and other officials are entitled to a flat when the have to move to another city to take up a new position. This has developed into a scheme where officials systematically convert these publicly owned flats into their private property. Reporters from the Rivne Agency for Investigative Journalism Fourth […]

Masters of a Ski Paradise

The Ukrainian skiing resort Bukovel is a perfect example of how the business elite around former president Viktor Yanukovych – his son and bodyguard included – got hold of profitable companies. This investigation looked into the ownership of the biggest, most developed, and most profitable downhill skiing resort in Ukraine, Bukovel, which is visited by […]

Cheap land for the president

The Tsar Village in southern Kyiv is a very expensive residential area where the Ukrainian elite is living in  magnificent mansions. It turns out that Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko also owns property there, and that he got it very cheap. Dmytro Korol from the internet portal Insider investigated the matter and published two articles about […]

Cheap Margarine and Rotten Carrots for Children

The reporters Lyubov Chayka and Aleksandr Ofitserov from the website of Mestnie Vesti were chocked when they checked the quality of food in the Kindergartens of the city of Melitopol. Cheap margarine and rotten carrots are on the menu. Nobody cares about the quality of the food for the children, even if there are very […]

Oligarchs’ Sudden Love for Ukraine and Democracy

The investigative agency ’Fourth Power’ took a closer look at four millionaires running for parliament in the region of Volyn at the election on October 26th this year. They all used to be close to former president Viktor Yanukovych and also supported him during most of the Maidan-campaign for reforms, but now present themselves as […]

Unhealthy Tenders in Volyn

In the Volyn Regional Clinic Hospital in Ukraine, the private enterprise Alteia-Farm is extraordinarily successful, when the hospital is calling for tenders. The company is always able to deliver the equipment or drugs needed and is therefore winning most of the tenders. But as the reporters Valentyna Kuts and Yuriy Horbach from the investigative journalism […]