: New York Times: Ukraine's unyielding corruption

14:25 Apr. 1, 2016

New York Times: Ukraine's unyielding corruption

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks after he laid a floral basket at the Holodomor Memorial on March 31, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

Fighting corruption remains Ukraine's top priority

The Ukrainian Parliament finally voted to oust Ukraine's odious prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, on Tuesday. 

Watch also Ukrainian parliament dismisses Prosecutor General

The United States and European countries that have provided aid to Ukraine had long pressed for his dismissal; in his year in office, Mr. Shokin became a symbol of Ukraine's deeply ingrained culture of corruption, failing to prosecute a single member of the deposed Yanukovych regime or of the current government while blocking the efforts of reform-minded deputies.

Alas, nothing is likely to change unless President Petro Poroshenko and Parliament agree to install some real corruption fighters and approve serious judicial reform.

Watch also 'Customs service is considered one of Ukraine's most corrupt institutions'

Corruption has been pervasive in Ukraine since independence, fed by close-knit ties between politicians and oligarchs and a weak justice system.

The protests in 2014 that led to the removal of President Viktor Yanukovych were largely fueled by popular fury at his monumental corruption and abuse of power. Yet his overthrow has yet to show results.

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