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[email protected] | 29Dec2017 | Will Zuzak
NABU: An independent National Anti-Corruption Bureau of
The year 2017 saw a determined effort by anti-corruption
Ukraine and around the world to establish an independent National
Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU)
Unfortunately, there was also a determined effort by the
Office (PGO) of the Presidential administration and the political
within the Verkhovna Rada to subvert the independence of the NABU.
This stalemate led to an ultimatum by Ukraine's partners in
Union (so-called Venice Commission) and the IMF on the night of
as archived on my website at
They threatened to cancel Ukraine's "Visa-Free Travel"
privileges unless the
independence of the NABU was assured.
The administration backed down and on 26Dec2017 president
a new proposal #7440 concerning the composition and operation of the
anti-corruption court. Experts have already pointed out many
and are expected to demand many amendments during the first and second
readings scheduled for mid-January 2018:
The recent world-wide drive to confront organized crime,
money laundering has been spearheaded by the OCCRP (Organized Crime and
Corruption Reporting Project), who recently uncovered the "Russian
Laundromat", and ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative
Journalists), who have publicized and continue to analyze the Panama
Paradise Papers. Their activities can be easily followed on the
They are continually looking for volunteers to help with their work.
Let us hope that the year 2018 will see significant progress
the corruption that is threatening world society.
Will Zuzak; 2017.12.29