31 Mar 2011

France Suspected of Blackmailing Poland over Relations With Russia

According to a leaked diplomatic cable via
31 Mar 2011

Junior Judge Sacked for Embezzlement

Denitsa Ouroumova, the daughter of Supreme Administrative Court judge Nikolai Uroumov, held a junior judge position in the Blagoevgrad District Court until she was fired, mediapool.bg reported today. While Ms. Ouroumova is the first magistrate to lose their job over the real estate scandal in Primorsko, a resort town on the Black Sea, she is […]
31 Mar 2011

Kyrgyz Mp Vows to Resign if Corruption Is Proven

Irkhak Pirmatov, a Kyrgyz MP of the Respublika party, vowed to resign from his post if Omurbek Tekebaev, the former speaker of the Kyrgyz Parliament, could prove his allegations surrounding Pirmatov’s time as the head of the Kyrgyz oil and gas company. If not, Pirmatov vowed to strip Tekebaev of his parliamentary immunity and have […]
31 Mar 2011

Ukrainian Officials Have Received over €1 Million in Bribes This Year Alone

Acting Chief of the Interior Ministry’s Main Department for Combating Organized Crime, Eduard Fedosov, reported that Ukrainian officials have already collected more than €1.1 million (12.62 Ukrainian Hr) in bribes this year alone. Furthermore, the average bribe amounted to more than €16,100.00 (177,000 Ukrainian Hr), with the largest single bribe amounting to more than €728,000.00 […]
31 Mar 2011

Romanian Mps’ Greed Exposed by Journalist’s Sms

A journalist from Romania Libera, posing as a business from the United Arab Emirates, sent a text message (SMS) to 460 Romanian MPs and Senators offering to make a deal with them. According to Euractive.com’s report, An ‘explosion’ of telephone calls followed – 113 calls and 68 SMS messages – requesting a meeting. Only nine […]
31 Mar 2011

Former Romanian Minister Defends Himself Against Involvement in Corruption Scheme

Vasile Blaga, a former minister in Romania, is under suspicion of having taken part in a customs corruption scheme. Defending himself on Wednesday, Mr. Blaga stated that he had never recommended anyone to head customs offices, in direct contradiction to his own words in an interview in February with the local newspaper Puterea. An aide […]
31 Mar 2011

Romania Redoubles Efforts on Border Corruption

As Romania prepares to enter the Schengen Agreement, Romanian police and anti-corruption agents have increased raids at border check points throughout the country. This comes at a time when Western European countries like France and Germany are concerned about Romanian efforts to combat smuggling on its borders. While over 100 officers were arrested during a […]
31 Mar 2011

Some Indian Pilots May Have Forged Licenses

Indian lawmakers in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house in the Indian parliament, are concerned that national aviation officials are not taking accusations that some Indian pilots may have used forged documents to obtain their licenses serious enough. While a member of the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation said that the problem was most likely not […]
31 Mar 2011

Indonesia’s President Considers Wikileaks Attack to Be Character Assassination

American diplomatic cables realeased via
31 Mar 2011

Yanukovych Urges Parliament to Consider Anti-Corrutpion and Deregulation Bills

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has urged the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, to consider bills dealing with anti-corruption measures and the deregulation and liberalization of the national economy. President Yanukovych stated that the passing of the anti-corruption bill was necessary because Without combating corruption, we cannot make any progress in the development of the country. […]
31 Mar 2011

Iraqi National Development Programs Get $600 Million Investment from from Un

Three different United Nations agencies have agreed to invest $600 million into Iraqi National Development Programs in order to support their development. UNICEF (United Nation’s Children Fund), UNDP (United Nation’s Development Program), and the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund agreed to the deal with the Iraqi government so that Activities will be undertaken to build […]
31 Mar 2011

Protest in Indonesia over Claims of Corruption

Neither Indonesia’s independent anti-corruption watchdog, the Corruption Eradication Commission, nor Indonesia’s leading anti-corruption NGO, I
31 Mar 2011

Police Probe Into Faked Indian Air Licenses

Following up on an earlier post on this site this week, one of the Indian pilots recently arrested for obtaining a flying license by forging documents has begun naming his source – allegedly have paid between Rs 10-12 Lakhs for the documents (1 Lakh = $2,564). Within the last week, Indian authorities have arresed Parminder […]
31 Mar 2011

Indian Mp Alleges That Oil Company Attempted to Bribe Him

An Indian MP from the Lower House (Lok Sabha) alleged that representatives of Cairn India Limited, a leader in the oil and gas industry in India, offered him a bribe. Kikrambhai Arjanbhai Maadam alleged during the opening of the Lok Sabha that he was offered a bribe by Cairn India Limited, and then threatened once […]
31 Mar 2011

11 Arrested in Oil Smuggling Scheme in Albania

Police in Albania arrested 11 officials connected to an oil smuggling scheme last Friday, with both political parties in Albania rushing to connect the other ahead of the May 8th elections. According to the
31 Mar 2011

American Businessman Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison in Absentia in Kyrgyzstan

According to the Associated Press, A court has sentenced an American businessman to 15 years in jail in absentia for selling a fuel depot in Kyrgyzstan to a U.S. company at $3 million below the market rate. The businessman, Eugene Gourevich, consulted the previous government under Kurmanbek Bakiyev and facilitated the sale of the fuel […]
31 Mar 2011

Iraqi’s Protest Against Unemployment, Corruption, and Poor Public Services

Following up on protests from late February where thousands protested against the current government in a nod to the trend seen throughout the Arab world, hundreds of Iraqi’s protested recently against the Al-Maliki government. Many of the protesters had red-painted index fingers, a reference to the ink used in order to show that a person […]
21 Mar 2011

Revolutions Against Corruption Continue: Bahrain, Yemen and Libya

While protests against corrupt dictators in Tunisia and Egypt are finally reaching closure,
21 Mar 2011

the European Commission Releases Progress Reports on Romania and Bulgaria

On February 18, the European Commission issued its 8th progress report under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. Romania failed to prove its capacity to tackle high level corruption. Bulgaria has to continue judicial reform. Read more about this topic on Euractiv.com.  
15 Mar 2011

Corruption Arrests in Georgia

On February 4, 2011, Georgian news agencies were reporting the arrest of three officials who had allegedly leased state property illegally. Director of the Children’s National Center, Mr Valery Jokhadze, director of the Vocational Educational Center at the Education Ministry, Mr Zaza Avaliani and his deputy, Mr Murman Khvedelidze, have been detained by General Prosecutor’s […]
15 Mar 2011

Spree of Corruption Arrests at the Romanian Borders

In just one week, 150 custom officers from Siret, Caras Severin and Timis were arrested for 29 days, pending trial. At the same time, a 130,000 Euro bribe in exchange of an appointment as a custom officer led to the dismissal the head of the Halmeu custom, Mr Radu Marginean. Former Interior Minister, Mr Vasile […]
15 Mar 2011

Resignation Following Corruption Charges

Source: Radio Free Europe, Armenian Official Resigns Amid Corruption Charges The head of Armenia’s earthquake-monitoring agency has resigned ahead of his trial on embezzlement charges, RFE/RL’s Armenian Service reports. The Special Investigative Service (SIS) claimed in December that Alvaro Antonian, head of the National Service For Seismic Defense, took 3.3 million drams ($9,100) of a […]
15 Mar 2011

Corruption Caught on Tape Sets Albania on Fire Once More

Source: BalkanInsight.com, cited from Albania Video Corruption Scandal Takes Hollywood Twist, published February 15, 2011 A video released to the local media by former economy minister Dritan Prifit allegedly shows former deputy minister Ilir Meta discussing corrupt deals. Albanian prosecutors have now announced that IT experts found another video on Prifti’s computer, which he voluntarily […]
15 Mar 2011

Pm Vows to Tackle Corruption

Whatever some people may say, that we are a lame duck government, that I am a lame duck prime minister, we take our job very seriously, declared yesterday Indian PM, Mr Manmohan Singh. Following a series of corruption scandals related to members of his cabinet, vowed on Wednesday to stay in office to press ahead […]
15 Mar 2011

Rio Chief of Police Resigns Following Suspicions of Corruption

Following a spree of arrests of allegedly corrupt officers operating within the Rio police, Mr Allan Turnowski – the chief of police – announced yesterday he was resigning from his current position. One of those arrested in Friday’s operation was Turnowski’s former second-in-command, Carlos Oliveira, who is accused of taking bribes from drug gangs in […]