Friday, May 6 2016 22:45 EEST
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt visited the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine
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On May 5, 2016 Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt visited the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and met with Director Artem Sytnyk, First Deputy Director Gizo Uglava and other NABU officials including detectives and analysts.

Corruption is a widespread and growing problem in Ukrainian society. In 2015's Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index Ukraine was ranked 130th out of the 167 countries investigated (tied with Paraguay and the Comoros).

U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine shared on Facebook:

'Since 2015, the Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) office has partnered with the National Anti-corruption Bureau to conduct a transparent and competitive process for the selection of NABU detectives, analysts, and other staff members. Also since last year, the INL office has funded the Anti-corruption Action Center (ANTAC), to conduct a basic five-week professional training for 70 of your detectives. The INL-funded Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT) conducted two workshops for NABU detectives on international cooperation. In 2016, INL funded and escorted a number of NABU detectives for a one-week course on investigation and prosecution of corruption at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Budapest. Just last month, INL and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) donated to NABU a $500,000 scanning equipment, hardware, and software package which the FBI uses in corruption and other complex cases. As of March 2016, an INL-funded, a full-time FBI agent has been working with NABU, overseeing the installation of the scanning equipment packages, in addition to his primary role, advising NABU detectives on best practices in corruption and complex investigations. The Ambassador was also happy to inform Director Sytnyk that INL will provide U.S. Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers to train with NABU’s tactical officers on the execution of high-risk warrants and other tactical law enforcement operations. The U.S. Government is committed to supporting NABU in its vital effort to break the public sector corruption networks that sap Ukraine’s potential.'

The biggest recipients of bribery are the police, the health service and the education system. In the late 2000s and early 2010s, around 67% of Ukrainians who had dealt with government said that they had been directly involved in corrupt transactions.

United States diplomats have claimed the privatization of several Ukrainian state enterprises were rigged in favor of political friends. On a regional level, corruption has been discovered in connection with land allocation.

According to historian Andrew Wilson, as of 2016 progress in reducing corruption was poor. A 2015 survey showed that 72% of adults blamed "corruption of power" for the lack of progress in reform.

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