E-Declarations Deadline: Ukraine politicians' huge cash piles exposed in reform drive - BBC

16:42 Oct. 28, 2016

Ukraine politicians' huge cash piles exposed in reform drive - BBC

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The revelations will do little for public trust in politicians in a country where the minimum monthly wage is a meagre USD 55 

Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, who was appointed in April to lead the country's government, has revealed that he and his wife possess USD 1.8m in cash.

He also has USD 100,000 in several different bank accounts, 15 properties and a collection of 12 luxury watches.

Mr Groysman published a list of his assets in line with Ukraine's new anti-corruption rules, which compel all senior public officials to declare their wealth in a new electronic database.

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He is not the only Ukrainian politician to possess an eye-watering amount of cash. Another member of parliament, Viktor Romanyuk, has declared that he has USD 753,000.

And the controversial mayor of Ukraine's second biggest city Kharkiv, Gennadiy Kernes, has declared that he has more than USD 1.6m in hard currency.

Around 50,000 top public officials, including judges, politicians and civil servants, are expected to publish their declarations by Sunday.

The revelations will do little for public trust in politicians in a country where the minimum monthly wage is a meagre USD 56.69.

Some 51% of people said they "strongly disapproved" of the current government in a survey of 2,400 Ukrainians, to be published by the International Republican Institute next week.

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