Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU), which released a telegram photographing wads of $100 bills spread out on a couch, said it had uncovered widespread corruption at the Supreme Court, where various benefits could be obtained in exchange for payment.
According to the Ukrinform agency, the head of the court, Kňazev, received money from people who represented one of the Ukrainian oligarchs. The forty-three-year-old judge heads the Supreme Court from October 2021.
As DPA notes, a tough fight against corruption is repeatedly promised by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who wants to show that his country is ready to start accession talks with the European Union. The adoption of anti-corruption reforms is one of the key requirements for Ukraine’s entry into the EU. The 27-year-old granted Kiev the status of a candidate country last year in response to the Russian invasion.
In Transparency International’s latest corruption perception index, Ukraine ranked 116th out of 180 countries. Compared to 2022, it improved by one place.
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