Erdogan Rejects Accusations of Pressuring the Media

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured here), of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), argued at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) that the independence of the media was not under attack in Turkey despite the recent arrest of 26 journalists, as the Prime Minister noted that the journalists were not arrested for crimes related to their profession.

The PM asked the Council of Europe to send representatives to Turkey in order to assess the situation on the ground for themselves, with CoE Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland saying that he had accepted the invitation and that This [was] a constructive approach and a move forward in the discussion about media freedom in Turkey.

The PM later went on to state that the journalists were arrested in conjunction with the fight against those who advocate a military coup in Turkey, stating that this was not a problem that European countries faced.

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The photo of PM Erdogan comes courtesy of Reuters.

Run-Off Elections’ Results in HaiTI Delayed Due to Fraud

Haitian officials, hours before the winners of Haiti’s run-off elections that brought Michel Martelly (pictured here) to power were supposed to take office, delayed the publication of final results amid accusations that at least 18 seats, possibly 19, were tainted by fraud.

The United Nations and other major international donors had expressed concern over 18 of the seats, with Haitian officials adding a possible nineteenth to the count. President-elect Martelly called for an independent probe into the manner to be conducted and for the international community to not recognize the results of the March 20th elections.

For the original story from RJR news, please click here.

Gamal Mubarak to Appear Before Egyptian Panel on Corruption

Gamal Mubarak, son of the former Egyptian President Hosni and the once-presumed heir to his father’s rule, has been summoned to appear before an Egyptian panel by the country’s newly created anti-corruption body in order to explain the sudden growth in his personal wealth.

Gamal Mubarak is not alone either – he is the third person from his father’s former regime to be called up recently by the anti-corruption body to be brought before the panel. Hosni Mubarak’s former Chief of Staff, Zakaria Azmi, and the former Interior Minister are also suspected of corruption, with the former planned to appear before the panel this Friday.

While Hosni Mubarak is currently under house arrest at the Red Sea town of Sharm-el-Sheikh, the assets of his wife, Suzannea, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, and their wives have been frozen under the request of the new Prosecutor General Abdul Majid Mahmud.

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Kyrgyz Commission to Investigate Former Deputy Prime Minister

The Kyrgyz parliament has set up a commission to look into alleged matters of financial irregularities leveled against former Deputy Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov (pictured here) by former Prosecutor General Kubatbek Baibolov one day after Mr. Babanov resigned from his post in order to clear his name. The accusations from Mr. Baibolov came one month after he was fired from his position in the government.

Kyrgyzstan’s three-party coalition has descended into squabbling only a short time since forming after the most recent parliamentary elections that were held at the end of last year.

For the full AP story, please click here.

The photo of Mr. Babanov comes courtesy of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Corruption Still a Problem in Funding Spanish Political Parties

GRECO (the Group of States Against Corruption) released a report on April 1st where Spain was criticized for not having done enough to improve transparency in the funding of political parties, especially at the local level, where 25% of a party’s funding typically comes from.

The European report was also highly critical of the level of financing done through bank loans and the amount of debt that Spanish political parties had due to these loans, amounting to approximately 144 million euros in 2005. GRECO made six recommendations for Spain to work on two years ago, with GRECO saying that Spain had not done enough to improve in these areas.

For the original article from the Spanish daily El País (also available in Spanish), please click here.

Please note that GRECO’s trademark is their copyright, with the picture being taken from their website, found above.

Kyrgyzstan Still Fighting Corruption One Year After Ousting of Bakiev

One year after popular protests forced Kyrgyz strongman Kurmanbek Bakiev to flee the country for Belarus, the government of interim President Roza Otunbaeva (pictured here) is still struggling to fight corruption and organized crime says First Deputy Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov.

While some accuse the government of having done very little over the past year other than rename a mountain after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Mr. Babanov denied these claims. Fighting rampant corruption, bribery, and organized crime amidst soaring accusations against the government and infighting has never been done before in Kyrgyzstan, according to Mr. Babanov.

Nevertheless, Kyrgyzstan faces a myriad of problems, including the pro-Bakiev party being the largest party in the governing coalition, a weak economy, and the ever-present unrest of many of the country’s youth.

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TI Calls on Egypt to Strengthen Anti-Corruption Laws

Transparency International announced via its website last week that it has called upon the Egyptian military regime to strengthen its anti-corruption laws and has hailed the ongoing investigations into former Mubarak-era officials, including former President Hosni Mubarak as well.

Starting yesterday (Sunday), TI Egypt held a workshop entitled Towards a new integrity system in Egypt that ended today. Furthermore, starting tomorrow, TI will be hosting A practical guide to asset recovery: How to guarantee accountability during the Egyptian revolution.

For the original press release, you can go to TI’s website, which can be found here.

Transparency International’s logo, found here, is their property.

Six Romanians in Airport Management Indicted for Fraud

Six employees of Bucharest’s Baneasa Airport, including four managers, were indicted last Friday by Romanian prosecutors for fraud in dealing with a contract to repair the airport’s runways, inducing losses of approximately 5.8 million euros.

The contract for the repairs dates back to 2007 but was amended with a new formula to calculate compensation – one that was incompatible with the legal provisions for this type of work – resulting in losses to both the airport and the state budget (taxpayers).

The accused include Florin Paul Fulger, the airport company’s general manager (and later technical manager), Luliana Pop, the economic manager, and Dorian Vlasceanu, legal counsel, along with three others for related crimes.

Please click the appropriate links for the original article from (English) or EVZ.RO (Romanian)

Foreign Charities Must Register With Gov’t Says Haitian Pm

So many foreign NGOs work in Haiti that even before the devastating 2010 earthquake it was jokingly referred to as the Republic of NGOs. Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive wants NGOs to register with the national government in order to cut down on the duplication of services, some of which compete with government services, and to improve coordination.

Many aid workers, however, are concerned about working with a government that they see as corrupt and inefficient. Making the system worse, according to many in the government, is the fact that foreign aid organizations offer better pay than the government, luring away the most talented Haitians away from government service.

Michel Martelly, the recently-elected President, at least according to the preliminary election results, also supports Bellerive’s desire to have foreign charities register with the national government.

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Former Greek Defense Minister Being Investigated for Bribery

Lawmakers from the ruling PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement) proposed on Friday (the 15th) to establish a parliamentary inquiry committee to investigate allegations of bribery from the former Defense Minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos (pictured here).

Mr. Tsohatzopoulos is suspected of accepting kickbacks over the controversial purchase of four German submarines a decade ago for the Greek Navy. The Greek Parliament is scheduled to discuss the proposal to create the inquiry committe on April 29th.

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Zurich Banker Acquitted of Money Laundering, Bribery, and Falsifying Documents

Eight years after Oskar Holenweger (pictured here, left) was accused of laundering money for South American drug cartels, a Swiss Federal Court cleared him of all charges last Thursday (the 21st). Mr. Holenweger, who was also accused of bribery, falsifying documents, and mismanaging clients’ assets, was also awarded the equivalent of $476,730 in compensation.

According to the original article from Swissinfo, The verdict is a blow for prosecutors who had described the case as an attempt to bolster Switzerland’s efforts to get tougher on corruption.

Furthermore, the case has implications beyond Mr. Holenweger and any possible appeal. The Federal Prosecutor for the case, Erwin Beyeler, may be in trouble in connection with the use of testimony from José Ramos, a Colombian drug baron, which was obtained illegally, although Mr. Beyeler has denied any connection.

The link to the original article can be found above, from where the photo of Mr. Holenweger was also obtained.

Armenian Pm Wants New Anti-Corruption Initiative

Armenia’s Prime Minister, Tigran Sargsyan, says that the government must implement measures that raise the quality of Armenia’s service and fight corruption. PM Sargsyan pointed to the annual vehicle check-up controls, the police force, and the issuance of driver’s licenses as starting points.

Mr. Sargsyan said that Our citizens must realize that the measure is supposed to put an end to the practice of extortion of money from them. While saying that the issuance of passports is now mostly devoid of corruption issues, at least according to recent reports, there needs to be an increase in general transparency in order to fight corruption in government services, as this is an area that is plagued by citizen complaints.

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Corruption Mentioned As One of the Driving Factors in Arab Revolutions

The Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani, mentioned on Monday that corruption was one of the driving factors of the revolutions unfolding in the Arab region, among increasing unemployment and the increasing cost of living. The Premier went on to say that the Arab nations needed to embrace (political) reform in order to stave off growing unrest.

While the Qatari PM and FM tended to discuss the role of rising unemployment and how this exacerbated already increasing living costs, it is clear that widespread corruption in the Arab world in general, as seen in the recent arrests in Egypt, are not helping the situation.

While the Arab nations have been proactive in order to stimulate their respective economies after the financial crisis of 2008, the Arab region’s growth is still relatively lacklustre, especially when compared to many South American and East Asian economies.

For the original article from Gulf in the Media, please click here.

Haitian Electoral Council Official Questions Results, Resigns

Ginette Cherubin (pictured here) sent her letter of resignation to the Haitian Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) on April 24th, which was published by local media this Tuesday, after disagreeing with the Council’s decision after releasing the final results of last month’s legislative election.

Ms. Cherubin said that the decisions made by the CEP were not in accordance with established election rules, that there were irregularities during the counting of the votes, and that the National Election Tribunal had favored a certain candidate, although she did not mention the candidate.

This is not the first time that doubts over Haiti’s March run-off elections have been voiced in public over fraud and irregularities; several protests have taken place since the announcement of the final results that killed at least one person and injured several others.

For the original article from Xinhua news, please click here.

The photo of Ms. Cherubin comes from the 2010 Haitian Elections’ website.

Goa Opposition Suspects Education Minister Set Free After Phone Call

The opposition BJP Party in India’s wealthiest state, Goa, accused the Finance Minister’s Office of calling Mumbai’s airport customs control in order to let Goan Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate (pictured here) go after he was detained for carrying large amounts of foreigh currency on his person.

The Goan assembly has been stopped for two days over the issue (Tuesday and Wednesday), with Speaker Pratapsingh Rane forced to adjourn early Wednesday morning after the BJP insisted on discussing the issue. The BJP accused Minister Monserrate of being a conduit for smuggled money for politicians throughout the state.

For the original story from The Hindu, please click here.

The photo of Mr. Monserrate is also courtest of The Hindu.

Special Report on “Insider World”” in Montenegran Banking”

An interesting report examining the banking industry in Montenegro right after it declared independence from Serbia in 2006 was released on Tuesday. The report discusses widespread corruption in Montenegro, specifically in the banking industry.

Corruption is not on the only theme, however, as lax governmental oversight, rapid price fluctuations, and cheap money all play a part.

For the full report from Reuters, please click here.

Kosovo’s Former President Says Us Diplomat Handpicked His Successor

Kosovo’s former President Behgjet Pacolli denounced his successor, Atifete Jahjaga (pictured here) as having been handpicked by US diplomat Christoper Dell after his own election was deemed to be unconstitutional.

Pacolli went on to state that he had never heard of Ms. Jahjaga prior to her nomination to succeed him as the President of Kosovo. Mr. Dell responded by saying that the US had worked with Ms. Jahjaga for years and that many within the US State Department had a lot of respect for her after the 36-year old first joined the force in 2000 as a translator.

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The photo of Ms. Jahjaga comes from the

Indian Court Denies Bail to Accused in Telecom Corruption Scandal

The accused in India’s high-profile telecom scandal, which allegedly may have cost the public up to $39 billion, were denied bail today by an Indian judge, citing that the evidence against them was incriminating. The scandal dates back to 2008 when telecom licenses for the 2G spectrum were allegedly sold well below the then-current market price.

Those accused include Vinod Goenka, the director of Swan telecom (pictured here), Sanjay Chandra, the director of Unitech Wireless – and the son of the billionaire property baron Ramesh Chandra, and 3 executives of the billionaire Ani Ambani’s group. A. Raja, the former telecoms minister, has also been arrested on allegations of corruption, which he denies.

Click the links for the original articles from Forbes and Reuters.

The photo of Mr. Goenka comes from the website of Dynamix Balwas Group.

Sri Lankan Anti-Corruption Editor Released on Bail

A dissident Sri Lankan journalist has been released on bail. While Bennett Rupasinghe (68 – pictured above) is accused of threatening a man, independent journalists and rights groups claim that the charges are actually intended to suppress the anti-corruption editor and media in general.

Lankaenews, the site that Mr. Rupasinghe works for, has been threatened and attacked multiple times in the past, including a recent fire that many suspected that the government was involved with because the online news site dedicates a lot of time to corruption issues, especially those where the government is involved.

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The photo of Mr. Rupasinghe comes from, which also has further information on the story.

Meps Back Joint Parliament and Commission Lobby Register

The European Union, still reeling from corruption scandals involving several MEPs, backed a proposal on Tuesday night to create a lobby or transparency registry in order to more easily and openly track those with a legislative footprint, which would be attached to the end of EU legislation. MEPs also called upon the Council of Ministers to join the Commission and Parliament on the initiative.

The Italian Center-Right MEP Carlo Cassini, who drafted the report, said that This is a step forward, but obviously we will have to take others after this.There is a desire to name the piece a transparency registry rather than a lobby registry in order to involve non-business-oriented organizations such as churches and think tanks.

For the original story from Euractiv, please click here.

Mubarak Denies Embezzling Money

The former President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak (pictured here), speaking to the public for the first time since his abdication of power, denied the charges of embezzlement leveled against him.

Egypt’s Prosecutor General responded by announcing that he had called in former President Mubarak and his two sons in for questioning over the embezzlement charges. Mubarak’s comments come at a time where many Egyptians are calling upon the Military Council to speed up their investigation into the personal wealth of Mubarak and his sons.

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Drugs and Corruption Creeping Into Dominican Police and Military

Corruption from drug trafficking has increasingly become a problem in the Dominican Republic, as evidenced by the story of Elias Enmanuel Núñez, a former Lieutenant himself, who was fired and threatened after complaining about his superiors’ corrupt actions in the police force.

According to Núñez, I would arrest a drug dealer for having however many kilos of cocaine, and the next day the drugs I seized would be gone, and the guy would be back on his corner… I did not offer myself to that kind of thing, and now I can’t even get a job as a security guard.

Some interesting statistics from the report include:

— The armed forces have fired 2,300 soldiers in the past three years, including two generals and six colonels;

— 1,100 soldiers have been dismissed from the Air Force;

— 1,200 police officers were fired by the last police chief;

— The Army said it fired more than 100 soldiers for drug offenses alone.

For the in-depth story from Acquire Media, please click here.

This story and the photo above are related to the story from the Miami Herald.

Timeline of Mep Corruption Scandal

A timeline of the recent MEP scandal, first disclosed by The Sunday Times, can be found below. For more information on individual events, stories can be found on this site as well as

Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament, Annex I, Article 2: the Members of the European Parliament shall refrain from accepting any … gift or benefit in the performance of their duties;

The aforementioned EP rule has corresponding provisions within national laws regarding incompatibilities and conflicts of interest, as well as within the Criminal Codes of EU Member States (corruption offenses, e.g. bribery or influence-peddling);

· March 20th, 2011: The Sunday Times publishes an article announcing that 3 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have been caught agreeing to accept secret payments to alter European laws, following an undercover investigation by its reporters. According to the newspaper, this will trigger one of the biggest scandals in the parliament’s 53-year history;

· The 3 MEPs were: 1) Adrian Severin, Vice-President of the Socialist group in the EP and the former Romanian Deputy Prime Minister; 2) Zoran Thaler, member of the Socialist group in the EP and the former Slovenian Foreign Minister; 3) Ernst Strasser, member of the EPP Group in the EP and the former Interior Minister in Austria;

· The 3 MEPs agreed to put forward amendments to European laws at the request of several lobbyists, just as the lobbyists had written them. In return, the MEPs agreed to be paid with a yearly salary of €100,000 or with a consultancy fee (they even issued invoices or asked that money be routed through private companies, avoiding the disclosure of such an income). The “lobbyists” were undercover Sunday Times journalists;

· A few hours after, the newspaper published the article and posted video and audio recordings of the 3 MEPs negotiating and accepting the money for amendments on its website. The Austrian vice-chancellor and president of the Austrian People’s Party, Mr. Josef Proll, issued a statement where he apologized to the voters for Ernst Strasser’s unacceptable conduct and asked the MEP to immediately resign from the EP and to leave political life for good. Ernst Strasser submitted his resignation and left the party.

· March 21st, 2011: Martin Schulz, leader of the European Parliament’s Socialists and Democrats group in the EP, asked Adrian Severin and Zoran Thaler to meet him in Brussels following the allegations published by the Sunday Times. Furthermore, Hannes Swoboda, Vice-President of the European socialist group in the EP, added that, after the resignation of the Austrian MEP, the expectations were clear;

· A few hours later, after the Socialist leaders’ statements during a press conference in Ljubljana, Zoran Thaler announced that he resigned from his position at the European Parliament, consenting to a thorough investigation of the circumstances of his involvement in the corruption scandal triggered by the Sunday Times’ investigation;

· Anti-corruption prosecutors in Bucharest announced that they had started criminal investigations for alleged corruption offenses committed by the Romanian MEP, Adrian Severin;

· Jerzy Buzek, the President of the European Parliament, issued a press release, expressing his disappointment and sadness by the news. Corruption cannot and will not be tolerated in the European Parliament. If the facts reported are proven, this type of behavior is a serious breach of the citizens’ trust. The EP has to react in a very serious way, stated the president of the EP.

· March 22nd, 2011: Adrian Severin emphasized during a morning press conference in Bucharest that, unlike his 2 colleagues, he would not resign from his position as Member of the European Parliament. In the meantime, the European Anti-Fraud Office announced that it had started an investigation concerning the 3 MEPs accused of corruption offenses and sealed their offices in the parliament;

· Adrian Severin met Martin Schultz in the evening in Brussels, stubbornly refusing to resign. However, under Socialist group pressure, which threatened him with exclusion from the group and demanded his resignation from the European Parliament, he agreed to leave the group and to become a non-affiliated MEP.

· March 24th, 2011: Adrian Severin was booed at the first session of the European Parliament since the bribery scandal erupted. When the EP President opened the session with this topic and announced that Severin decided not to resign as an MEP, he was booed by his MEP colleagues, especially the Socialists;

· Commenting on Adrian Severin’s repeated refusals to resign from the EP and on his defiance in front of calls by his colleagues and the Romanian media, The Economist notes that such stubbornness is typical in Romanian politics, where the media delights in savaging corrupt politicians, but rarely to any end. Resignations on corruption charges are virtually unknown in Romania, and bribery scandals are so common that they rarely make international news;

· MEP Monica Macovei, a widely praised anti-corruption campaigner and political figure in Romania, a former Minister of Justice, stated in an EUobserver interview that the European Parliament must substantially overhaul its rules following this corruption scandal. MEPs have five years in the European parliament to legislate for EU citizens. It’s a full-time job and I don’t see why they should have another one in parallel.

· March 25th, 2011: The pressure on Adrian Severin to resign from the EP mounts. Even the Romanian Social Democrats, a post-communist party habitually keen on hindering any anti-corruption efforts in Romania, started procedures of expelling Severin from the party.

· March 27th, 2011: The Sunday Times disclosed the name of a fourth MEP, recorded during the newspaper’s undercover investigation, who negotiated the altering of European laws in exchange for an alleged position within an advisory board of a fake company or payment, as the reporters made clear during the discussions. According to the Sunday Times, the name of the fourth MEP was Pablo Zalba Bidegain, shadow rapporteur responsible for the Investor Compensation Schemes (ICS) directive — a proposed new law protecting investors who lose money.

· March 28th, 2011 : Adrian Severin resigns from the Social Democrat Party. Nevertheless, even today he continues to deny any wrongdoings and to consequently claim there are no reasons for him to leave the European Parliament.

an Interview With Antanas Mockus


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How should a Mayor tackle corruption, mobilize the citizenry and fight the drug cartels? Is the rehabilitation of Bogotá a miracle or is it pure management and honesty? These questions have been answered by Antanas Mockus, a two-term mayor of Bogotá, between 1995 – 1997 and 2001-2003, and a former presidential candidate in 2010 (he placed second after Juan Manuel Santos, who won the elections).

R: I was hoping to ask you a few questions about corruption because I find it fascinating how you dealt with the corruption within the greater Bogotá Municipality. My first question is: you said that most of the councilors were corrupt or had connections with all kinds of businessmen. How did you deal with this and enforce your decisions?

A.M: By completely blocking their ability to blackmail, by having the conviction to do so, and by having the team convinced that, if during the three-year term, the councilmen didn’t make any decisions, there would be no agreement. Even if they radically opposed our initiatives, we had to be patient; I imagined that a new council would have been installed after 3 years of blockages, I was sure. So they never risked having any boycotts last longer than three months. And there were times when I pressed with stoic resistance; sometimes I didn’t say anything.

R: And in City Hall? Did you remove the previous public servants, or how did you clean up the municipality?

A.M: One of the first important steps was the stabilization of their work. At the national level, there was a law called carrera administrativa– administrative career – and I could have fired a lot of people and organized an exam, but the time limit was very short, so I decided to trust those people, even if they were working with the Mafia at the time. They belonged to a group. So people had two chiefs, a former one and a real political patron. So I decided to break up the patronage by incorporating these people en masse in the administrative career system.

The other thing was respecting the division of labor ; so, for example, the specialists in law. Each time the council made an agreement, they reviewed it to see if it was legal and constitutional. Everybody was amazed because I did the legality review solely from the point of view of legality, not convenience.

Sometimes, things were very funny. During the elections, a transporter called me and said he had three thousands votes. I told him that I didn’t need them and to let them vote as they want.

Another thing that helped a lot in fighting corruption was a very simple policy, using the general and private secretaries wisely. If someone asked for a meeting, the person was given a card to write with their own handwriting the objectives and topic of the meeting. So, during the meeting I had the card and when people tried to speak to me about other things, I said: “I can give you another appointment tonight or tomorrow morning. I like to prepare my appointments, so I will not speak to you about unprepared matters”. So, no one has ever written that they needed a contract or something else.

When we were children we were taught that God sees us everywhere. Today we have cameras.

R: You used cameras when you had meetings?

A.M: We did that once, for people. When we went to various localities, we connected to the local television networks. We did that in the mayor’s office once, but it was more about practicing how to speak about your enemy, your rival, in a way that the other listens to what you have to say. It was not meant to be too offensive. It was, to rephrase it, about saying “don’t ask me or offer me things in private that you would not ask or offer in public”. It’s a precaution.

R: You oversaw a lot of urban changes. How did you manage to do that? In Bucharest we have a problem because a great part of the land is owned by influential businessmen or by people with connections.

A.M: One thing was applying the law literally, and I remember a very rich person demanding a meeting with me. During the meeting, even in the paper, he said that he would like to discuss restrictions – he had to build high structures, a hotel. It’s called Casa Medina, and instead of building it high, he would have to buy all of the houses in the surrounding area and arrange them respecting the external appearance, because of patrimony. And when we met I said that there was a patrimony committee; I said: you cannot imagine how they would look at me, asking them to do this favor for you. Perhaps I lost his support, but I think he understood the arguments that I made. It’s an independent expert commission… the decision to keep or destroy is a very delicate question, arbitrary, because, at a certain point, he wanted to insinuate that I was the committee or a committee member and I said that I was not.

Society has high division of labor. Many times I used my metaphor of a circus in order to defend the division of labor. There were tigers, in a big cage, and the notary said: “I will not marry you, the circus yes, but not the tigers”. And I said: “we will have two specialists in managing the tigers and we have to trust them, because it will be an example of division of labor”. So let the decision be made by the experts.

Ukrainian Government Ministers Richest in the World

Sonia Koshkina, considered to be one of Ukraine’s leading journalists, has accused the Ukrainian government of being a de facto plutocracy, with the 16-member cabinet claiming at least 5 multi-millionaires and one billionaire. While this is common knowledge in Ukraine, government officials still find ways to avoid publicly reporting all of their financial assets.

Ms. Koshkina, whose real name is Ksenia Vasilenko, who was speaking on behalf of online media site, disclosed these details at an event in Brussels organized by the EU-Ukraine Business Council.

While Ukrainian diplomats were among those in attendance, they did not seem to be all that surprised by the disclosure, while many Western European attendants seemed to be shocked both by the information and the lack of any attempt to counter or explain those claims on the part of the Ukrainian diplomats.

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