Changes in Odesa: Saakashvili's ally also steps down

14:03 Nov. 14, 2016

Saakashvili's ally also steps down

Yulia Marushevska (L), Ukraine's PM Groysman (C) and Mikheil Saakashvili (UNIAN Photo)

Odesa Customs chief Yulia Marushevska leaves her position after a year in office 

The chief of Odesa Customs Yulia Marushevska announced her resignation in a statement at the press briefing on Monday, November 14.

The announcement arrived days after Mikheil Saakashvili stepped down as the Odesa governor, accusing Ukrainian political leadership of corruption. 

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

Marushevska, 26, said she had decided to resign, because the implementation of the reforms was no longer possible, placing responsibility on the country's officials.

‘The government doesn't have political will to conduct the reform of the Customs service. Kyiv doesn't have a vision of the reforms', she said.

In her statement Marushevska claimed that the reform is blocked ‘on all levels, including the authorities of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine'. 

She refuted the claims, coming from the Fiscal service, that the Customs was underperforming, saying the institution was able to step up its efforts to improve the work, attracting new companies.

Read also: Saakashvili era in Odesa: TOP-10 promises examined

Marushevska was appointed the chief ot Odesa Customs in October 2015, following her service in Saakashvili's team. 

Her unexpected appointement was criticized, due to Marushevska's young age and lack experience in the field. 

Earlier Marushevska received a service incompetence note from the chief of the Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov.

Last April in a statement, addressed to Ukraine's PM, Marushevska said Nasirov was blocking reforms and called for his dismissal. 

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