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Mon Oct 31, 2016, 10:22 AM

Ukrainians shocked as politicians declare vast wealth

Source: Reuters

An anti-corruption reform requiring senior Ukrainian officials to declare their wealth online has exposed a vast difference between the fortunes of politicians and those they represent.

Some declared millions of dollars in cash. Others said they owned fleets of luxury cars, expensive Swiss watches, diamond jewelry and large tracts of land - revelations that could further hit public confidence in the authorities in Ukraine, where the average salary is just over $200 per month.

Officials had until Sunday to upload details of their assets and income in 2015 to a publicly searchable database, part of an International Monetary Fund-backed drive to boost transparency and modernize Ukraine's recession-hit economy.

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The online declaration system is intended to represent a show of good faith that officials are willing to open their finances up to public scrutiny, to be held accountable, and to move away from a culture that tacitly allowed bureaucrats to amass wealth through cronyism and graft.

However, the public reaction has been one of shocked dismay at the extravagant lifestyles conjured up by many of the disclosures.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-corruption-idUSKBN12V1EN

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bananas Oct 2016 OP
itsrobert Oct 2016 #1
Ghost Dog Oct 2016 #2
Tommy_Carcetti Oct 2016 #3
moondust Oct 2016 #4
okaawhatever Oct 2016 #5

Response to bananas (Original post)

Mon Oct 31, 2016, 10:32 AM

1. I'm sure RT.com and the Russians will exploit this

But I hear it is even worse in Russia.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Mon Oct 31, 2016, 10:36 AM

2. The IMF should require this of all member states.

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Mon Oct 31, 2016, 10:43 AM

3. At least they're one step ahead of Trump. nt

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Mon Oct 31, 2016, 12:26 PM

4. Just like the good old days

as a republic in a single-party totalitarian state.



Here's the little place Pooty's boy Yanukovich built for himself while all those moochers were pocketing their $200 a month:

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Response to moondust (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 31, 2016, 11:47 PM

5. Yes, and his only source of income was his official salary which wasn't more than 100k. He didn't

come from wealth either, so it's not like he had it before holding office.

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