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Ukraine clamps down on corruption as Western supporters cast watchful eye

By David L. Stern

19 Jun 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. Ukraine's main anti-corruption body has accused the chief justice of the country's Supreme Court, Vsevolod Knyazyev, of being involved in a $2.7 million bribery scheme.

KYIV, Ukraine - The photos showed hundred-dollar bills laying in piles on furniture and jutting out of a safe - the results of what officials from Ukraine's main anti-corruption body said last month was a $2.7 million bribery scheme involving the chief justice of the country's Supreme Court, Vsevolod Knyazyev.

Last month, anti-corruption investigators said they caught Knyazyev "red-handed" receiving a payment of about $450,000 - a "second tranche of illegal benefits" in a corruption scheme potentially involving other members of Ukraine's Supreme Court and judiciary. The cash in the photos was found at his home and office, officials said. Knyazyev was arrested and dismissed from his position, and a criminal investigation is ongoing.

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