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Ukraine/Moldova Investigations

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 […]

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 […]