Where is Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Reform Heading?

The speakers discuss the risks entailed with and prospects for anti-corruption reform.

Research event, Roundtable Recording
25 November 2020 — 2:00PM TO 3:30PM

Where is Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Reform Heading?

— Speakers discuss the risks entailed with and prospects for anti-corruption reform.

President Zelenskyy won his election in 2019 largely on a promise to ‘put corrupt officials to jail’. Since he came to office and with absolute majority in the parliament, he has made some progress by launching the High Anti-Corruption Court and reinstating the law on illicit enrichment.

But his record in fighting corruption remains questionable: the Constitutional Court took a series of decisions that exposed the fragility of the anti-corruption infrastructure created since 2014. The head of the National Anti-Corruption Agency (NABU) was ousted, and the system of electronic declarations for government officials was abolished.

The speakers mark out the key opposing forces and offer an update on the state of judicial reform. Their remarks also cover what failure in the anti-corruption policy could mean for Ukraine’s relations with the West.


Eka Tkeshelashvili, Head, EU Anti-Corruption Programme

Yaroslav Yurchyshyn, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament (Golos Party); First Deputy Chair of Anti-Corruption Committee

Mykhailo Zhernakov, Head of Board, DEJURE Foundation

Chair: John Lough, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

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