: Transparency International: In Ukraine, fines for bribery are smaller than bribes

14:27 Apr. 9, 2016

Transparency International: In Ukraine, fines for bribery are smaller than bribes

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In a report, Transparency International states only one fifth of corrupt officials are in prison

Despite the loud statements of the Ukrainian authorities on active corruption counteraction, there is still a significant increase in the amounts of bribes in Ukraine, according to a report by Transparency International Ukraine.

Last year an average size of a bribe was UAH 40 k, while corrupt officials took UAH 30 k in 2014. Total sum of bribes in 2015 was UAH 19 mln., which is 3 mln. less than in 2014. It can partially be explained by the increase of the dollar rate: corrupt officials keep abreast of the times and raise the tariffs on their 'services'. The representatives of TI Ukraine and Persha Instantsiia/First Instance online platform on judicial disputes presented these survey results at a press-conference. Up to a thousand of cases under the Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine On Bribing were analyzed in the period from 2014 to February 2016. The survey has been conducted within the framework of The First Instance is Under Control project, with the support of the Embassy of the United States.

Only one fifth of officials (19%) that were tried for extortion or bribery are in prison now. This is a very low indicator, taking into account that every part of the Article 368 of the Criminal Code provides imprisonment for bribery. The average term of imprisonment was 4 years and 7 months. However, the maximum term for illegal enrichment is 12 years in prison. Not a single corrupt official for the last two years has received a term like that. 9% of the convicted were acquitted and 38% of them received probation. The average probationary period was 2 years 2 months. 34% of offenders were fined. The average amount of the fine barely exceeded UAH 20 k.

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