Ukraine’s anti-corruption agency shows its teeth with new detentions

Ukrainian activists have long fought for anti-corruption institutions to be created. This wasn’t an easy fight, but it was totally worth it. In the latest glimmer of hope for an end to the endemic corruption that has stunted the country’s growth for years, the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine detained former MP Mykola Martynenko on April 20.

A few hours later, NABU also detained Serhiy Pereloma, first deputy chairman of state oil and gas company Naftogaz, on separate charges of creating a criminal organisation and using a government position for personal enrichment. Innocent until proven guilty in both cases, of course, but it’s encouraging to see law enforcers doing their job.


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