Success, then suppression for Ukraine anti corruption agency

By on December 11, 2017

MAY 19, 2014: Most rating Ukrainian presidential candidate, ukrainian politician, businessman and millionaire Petro Poroshenko during a election meeting in Kyiv. Mark III Photonics / Shutterstock
FILE: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (Kyiv. Mark III Photonics via Shutterstock photo)

KIEV, Ukraine — An anti-corruption agency established in Ukraine two years ago was expected to be a driving force behind combatting the endemic graft that has depleted the nation’s resources and worried its Western allies.

But the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine instead has come under fire from allies of President Petro Poroshenko who are trying to curtail its operations and authority.

NABU chief Artem Sytnik told The Associated Press in an interview that fear of his agency’s work is behind the attempts to weaken it.

Sytnik said: “The old and new elites are quite scared” after realizing “there are no untouchables anymore.”

Poroshenko’s failure to uproot corruption has caused growing public outrage in Ukraine and triggered calls for his impeachment led by Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgia president turned opposition leader.