The Security Service of Ukraine has arrested two public officers suspected of taking bribes in Kharkiv Oblast

хабарAs reported by Vladislav Abdullah, Head of the Press Center of the State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in the Kharkiv region, the SBU, with the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Kharkiv region, has exposed and stopped the illegal activities of directors of one of the border control agencies, which regularly demanded and received illegal benefits from businesses engaged in international trade.

The SSB found, in particular, that the agency’s director, in collusion with his employees, are demanding 4,500 UAH from private companies to expedite laboratory research and the relevant ruling required for exporting wood. Continue reading

Businesses Forced to Pass On up to 50% of Their Turnover as Bribes in Recent Years – FEU

9_1_small (1)Business entities in all economic sectors and segments in Ukraine, without exception, are facing the problem of corruption. Depending on the type and area of their activity, businesses have been forced to pass on up to 50% of their turnover in recent years as bribes. This is the figure announced on February 26 by Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Federation of Employers of Ukraine (FEU) Dmytro Oliynyk in the course of an expanded meeting of Kyiv City employers.

“We understand that entrepreneurs are frequently subjected to demands for bribes by officials; however, once businesses refuse to comply with unlawful demands of government representatives and to enter into corrupt conspiracies, corruption as a social evil in business and in the state will be defeated,” emphasized Oliynyk. Continue reading