Fight Against Corruption Ineffective In Ukraine, Says U.S. Department of State

WASHINGTON, DC -- The fight against corruption is still ineffective in Ukraine and the penalties for official corruption are rarely imposed, the U.S. Department of State said in "2010 Human Rights Reports: Ukraine" published on its Web site on April 8.

In the section "Official Corruption and Government Transparency," the Department of State said that though the Ukrainian legislation provides criminal penalties for official corruption, however, corruption was ineffectively prosecuted, and penalties were rarely imposed.

Corruption remained a pervasive problem and was widespread in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government and in society.

"Officials, including high-ranking officials, often engaged in corrupt practices with impunity. On October 5, at a meeting with foreign investors in Kiev, Drago Kos, the president of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), stated he saw no improvements in the country's anticorruption efforts since the Yanukovych government took office," the report reads.

The document says that on April 22, the president announced that the PGO had opened more than 30 criminal cases on charges of embezzlement of state funds by members of the previous government.

Opposition politicians claimed the charges were politically motivated.

Source: Interfax