The Washington Post. Blow to hopes of Ukraine on reform: a senior official has resigned, citing corruption

«Dealing a blow to hopes that Ukraine will be able to overcome in coming decades against corruption and inept management who studied in the West, the Minister of economy resigned Wednesday, saying he cannot resist corruption, reports Michael Birnbaum for The Washington Post. Economy Minister aivaras abromavicius said that faced with pressure from high-ranking allies of the President who tried to force him to appoint loyal people to positions in public companies, as well as to do unskilled persons and their deputies to give them control over the most profitable sectors of Ukraine».

«This resignation has strengthened the growing anxiety of the allies of Ukraine, concerned about the fact that this country never got out of dishonest transactions in the nearly two years that have passed since then, as members of Pro-Western protests toppled President Viktor Yanukovych, who was censured for corruption,» the article says.

«Abromavicius said that he had decided to resign after one of the closest allies of [Ukrainian President] Poroshenko, a businessman and a lawmaker Igor Kononenko, tried to appoint unqualified persons as Deputy Ministers of the economy and to entrust them with control over state gas company «Naftogaz» and the Ukrainian defense manufacturers, according to Birnbaum. Kononenko, Deputy Chairman of the political party with which the Ukrainian President, and so close to Poroshenko, he received the presidential nickname «the gray cardinal». Last year the former head of the security service of Ukraine Valentyn Nalyvaichenko accused the newspaper of money laundering. Kononenko denies these accusations».

The resignation of Abromavicius Kononenko called simply «the attempt to shift legislators from our party responsibility is not solved in a year issues,» the article says.

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The Washington Post. Blow to hopes of Ukraine on reform: a senior official has resigned, citing corruption 04.02.2016

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