Since 2014, Ukraine has made remarkable progress in laying the foundations for reducing corruption in public life. Corruption in Ukraine is long established and deeply rooted.

30 January 2018


John Lough, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme


It remains the single biggest obstacle to successful development, creating economic inefficiencies and deterring investment. The achievements of the past three years are welcome, but to build on them and make reforms irreversible will require a further step: renewal of Ukraine’s judiciary, an institution itself riddled with graft and a pillar of the systemic corruption that has plagued the country since independence.

Without a breakthrough in this area, there is a danger that the anti-corruption effort will lose momentum, leaving in place substantial elements of the ‘old’ system through which the elites have diverted much of Ukraine’s national wealth for their own purposes.

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