by Eric Zuesse, The Duran:
On August 9th, Ukraine’s censor.net news site headlined “International partners are ready to accept that we may have corruption, it is impossible to overcome it quickly, – Marchenko”, and reported that Ukraine’s Minister of Finance, Serhii Marchenko, said that day in an interview on the radio network “Svoboda” (meaning “Freedom”), “Our partners [U.S.-&-allied governments] understand that the cleansing of the government cannot be done” by denying that the problem exists, and then he went on to say that, “They are ready to accept that we may have corruption. Because no one will say that we are at war and corruption is over. Because corruption may have moved to a different format during the war.”
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Almost three weeks earlier, on July 23rd, censor.net had bannered “The dismissal of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) prosecutor”, and reported that,
On July 3, the prosecutor of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office Oleksandr Omelchenko, who handled the case of Knyazev, the President of the Supreme Court … was made redundant along with his position. This unprecedented step of removing the prosecutor along with his position immediately after the detention of one of the country’s highest officials for bribery was carried out by the decision of the head of the SAPO [Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor Office] Oleksandr Klymenko together with the general prosecutor Andrii Kostin.
Klymenko’s and Kostin’s decision could be justified if a criminal case had been opened against Omelchenko, or if he had been detained while committing a crime, but in this case there are no official claims against Omelchenko at all.
On May 15, it was Omelchenko, together with a unit of NABU detectives, who exposed Supreme Court President Knyazev for bribery. …
At the moment, no grounds for making redundant the position of the prosecutor have been officially announced.
So: five weeks after the removal of Omelchenko and the cancellation of his office — the Prosecutor in the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office — that removal, and that cancellation, both remained unexplained (a full five weeks later).
However, the record is clear that this removal, and this cancellation, had occurred on July 3rd, which was around six weeks after Omelchenko had arrested Supreme Court President Vsevolod Knyazev for bribery.
On 15 May 2023, the news-site of Michael Bloomberg, one of the many U.S. billionaires who has strongly supported Ukraine against Russia and never complained about Obama’s having grabbed Ukraine in a February 2014 coup in order to turn Ukraine’s government against its neighboring Russia, had headlined “Ukraine’s Supreme Court Under Scrutiny in Anti-Corruption Probe: Prosecutors say they’ve uncovered ‘large-scale’ wrongdoing: Widespread graft was a key complaint during 2014 protests”, and opened:
Ukrainian investigators found “large-scale corruption” at the Supreme Court, as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s government has come under pressure to root out graft as a condition for joining the European Union.
Some judges on the court received “illegal gains,” the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, or NABU, and anti-corruption prosecutors said, without giving further details.
NABU announced the investigation late Monday in a statement on Facebook. Calls to the Supreme Court made after business hours were not answered.
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