Archive for June 3rd, 2010

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How do you stop a fish rotting from the head downwards?

June 3, 2010

Associated Press – Ukrainian officials say a deputy environment minister has been sacked for accepting a bribe of $200,000, the first major official in the country’s new government to fall as a result of corruption.

Prosecutors say they caught Bogdan Presner taking a bribe in exchange for helping appoint a regional official.

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Wednesday the government would grant no leniency to corrupt officials.

Azarov was appointed head of government in March after the election of President Viktor Yanukovych, who pledged to fight the country’s endemic graft.

Jolly good, so he has been sacked……..but did he also lose his parliamentary seat…….and the immunity from prosecution that goes with it? 

I will admit this action is better than no action…….but the full extend of this action is unknown!

(Also it shows a sign of the times, $200,000 is a fraction of what it used to cost……so there is at least some recognition of the economic circumstances)

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