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Partnerships Against Impunity: Support to Anti-Corruption, Human Rights, and Accountability Initiatives in Ukraine

Call for Applications Issuance Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Application Deadline and Instructions:  Applications must be received by Freedom House by 17:00 EST on September 14, 2016.  All grant applications must be submitted electronically using the online system available here. The online application form will be made available on August 19, 2016. If your organization…
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Shelter from the bomb

youtube.com/user/obvioso There is limited information concerning the location, number, capacity and condition of bomb and radiation shelters near Kyiv.  Do residents of Kyiv’s suburbs know where to hide from Russian bombs?  “No to corruption!” has tried to check out bomb shelters outside Kyiv – in Brovary and Brovary raion –  only to learn that the…
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Rada begat lustration, miscarried the Anti-Corruption Bureau

On 16 September, the Verkhovna adopted the lustration bill “On the purging of the government.” Over 231 MPs voted for the document – on the third try. From early morning, about four hundred activists from several political parties, including Svoboda, Hromadska Posytsia, Volia and the Right Sector (Pravy Sektor) gathered in front of the parliament, demanding…
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The Ex deputy defense chief versus a child

At the beginning of blatant Russian aggression in East Ukraine, the Ukrainian army was barefoot, naked, unarmed and defenseless. In spite of major bureaucratic hurdles and thanks to the efforts of volunteers, the army became equipped – financially and technically.  It begs an entirely legitimate question: what were our top military officials doing before, and…
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Will the families of war heroes ever receive municipal housing?

Posted by Nadia Virna   Nearly 600 Ukrainian soldiers have died during the anti-terrorist operation (ATO). When it will stop – nobody knows.  Meanwhile, hundreds of families have lost breadwinners, and need social support, attention and care from the authorities and local governments.  The government has promised to create a State Service of Ukraine for…
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Brovary city hall set to pull scam land decisions

  Dmytro Karpiy | Kyivshchyna Last week, the regular session of the Brovary City Council was accompanied by a massive rally.  Local activists demanded greater transparency as some earlier unseen draft decisions suddenly popped up on the Land Commission’s agenda during the eve of the session.  Neither the city deputies nor the general public had…
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Portraits of corruption: new faces

For the past three weeks, the Prosecutor General’s Office, Security Services, and Ministry of the Interior have been probing the activities of Heorhiy Yaroshenko, who is believed to have created a new corruption scheme in the Ukrainian customs service. However, the incriminating facts are so numerous that the political damage that further investigation may inflict…
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Kyiv syndrome

The monsters of glass and concrete overshadow the golden domes of ancient temples and distort the unique face of the capital. Photo: Ihor Lutsenko Saving the drowning is up to the drowning, says popular wisdom. Kyiv residents are increasingly growing to get accustomed to live by this principle. For years, the city councilmen have abused…
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Winds of change over Brovary

Dmitry Carpiy Last week, Brovary saw several events that can be considered small victories on the way of combating the land carve-up in the town. Firstly, the session of the city hall declined to consider allocation of land to «scandalous» minions of Brovary authorities for the Party of Regions. Instead, the council revoked a previous…
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Business visa or visa business?

Фото з сайту cheap-trip.eu Valentine Novytska | Lviv Today, we'll talk about corruption that became commonplace for those willing to go abroad without much hassle. And those for whom it has become a lucrative and not capital-intensive business. Who benefits from this, who turns blind eye to this, and those who want to remedy the…
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The sad surveillance saga

By Nadia Virna The infamous surveillance cameras installed on the polling stations before the 2012 parliamentary elections seem to have quietly gone into oblivion. Everybody seems to have forgotten that this whim of one lawmaker, Vladislav Zabarsky of the Party of Regions, cost the national budget nearly one billion hryvnia. Forlorn and forgotten, all this…
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The house that the Sadovy bought

Будинок міського голови Андрія Садового. Фото з сайту ЛМР By Valentyna Novytska After the spectacular and noisy purchase of a home for the family of Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy massively covered by Lviv media, the mayor 's housewarming went almost unnoticed. Why? Last summer, "No To Corruption!" said that Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy bought a…
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