Dangerous Smoke from a Giant

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People in the Kherson region in Southern Ukraine are suffering from poisonous smoke from the chemical plant Crimean Titan, which is situated right at the new border between Ukraine and occupied Crimea. In its 20 years of operation, the cancer rates in this region have gone up drastically.
Since Crimean Titan is located on the Crimean ... Read More »

Cyprus Decides the Music in Kramatorsk

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Kramatorsk in Eastern Ukraine  is a typical industrial city where everything was built around large industrial factories.  They are the main employers and main sources of income for the city council, so they more or less dictate what is going on in the city with 160.000 inhabitants.
Only little is known about the owners who hide ... Read More »

A Not so Swedish Family

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At first sight Misen Energy AB looks very much like a Swedish company, although the office in Gothenburg is very small.  But it’s the main shareholder of a large private Ukrainian gas company, Karpatygaz.
The Ukrainian reporter Dmytro Gnap decided to to take a closer look at its activities and owners. He ended up in a ... Read More »

The Real Cost of Elections in Melitopol

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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 ... Read More »

From Ukraine to London with Cash

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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 only ... Read More »

Ukrainian Politicians Broke the Rules of Campaigning

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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 figures ... Read More »

The Army Protects a Very Private Secret

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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 Lviv oligarchs ... Read More »

A Very Special Passport Service

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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 for ... Read More »

Journalist Goes Undercover to Reveal Internet Brothels

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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, and ... Read More »

Driver’s Licenses for Sale

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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, the ... Read More »

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