Uncleansed: Justice Ministry says bureaucracy is foiling lustration

Originally posted here. The new Ukraine looks too much like the old Ukraine under ousted President Viktor Yanukovych. And that’s the problem, say reformers. Last week, civic group Reanimation Package of Reforms gave mediocre to dismal scores on the nation’s progress to improve electoral legislation, public administration, the law enforcement and judicial systems and the […]


Justice Ministry’s Vyshnevsky says Ukraine bar association stalling judicial reform

Originally posted here. The Ukrainian National Bar Association doesn’t take well to criticism. Andriy Vyshnevsky, the director of the Ukrainian Justice Ministry’s Coordinating Center for the Provision of Legal Aid, found that out after delivering a stinging rebuke to the bar at a judicial conference on June 15. He’s now facing a one-year suspension because […]


Liechtenstein court freezes $13.6 million belonging to Ukrainian judge

Originally posted here. A court in the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, on July 28 ordered the arrest of 13.1 million Swiss francs ($13.6 million) on accounts owned by the wife of a Ukrainian judge, Ukraine’s State Financial Monitoring Service has reported. The service, together with the financial intelligence services of Liechtenstein, discovered that five companies, […]

2015-07-09 UABA Conference Announcement

38th Annual Ukrainian American Bar Association Conference

UCBA Executive member Andy Semotiuk has had discussions with the Ukrainian American Bar Association regarding their annual convention. This year, it will take place in New York City on October 23-25 at the Roosevelt Hotel. UCBA members have been invited to attend! Here is the invite:


Ukraine Must Put Reform Agenda in Overdrive While There’s Still Time

Originally posted here. Kyiv is vibrant with intellectual and political discussions. As after any revolution the debate is about what is wrong and what should be done. Policy people acknowledge that reforms are proceeding but too slowly, while a typical business verdict is that corruption is as bad as before, but it has become more […]

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Company linked to Yanukovych lays claim to ex-president’s former Mezhyhirya estate

Originally posted here. It appears that Ukrainian authorities haven’t used the full extent of the law to take control of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s lavish Mezhyhirya estate. Prosecutors allege that the disgraced former head of state had, via a series of sham property swaps using proxies, got hold of Mezhyhirya in the village of Novi Petrivtsi […]