After the Revolution of Dignity, Ukrainian Parliament created a sophisticated anti-corruption legislation and ensured independence of anti-corruption bodies.
However, during the past year, no steps forward have been made. De facto association of the former and current authorities is trying to intimidate public activists and take control over the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO).
This is why the immunity has not been lifted from MPs and the law on proportional vote based on open lists has not been passed. Instead, a strategy of subjugation NABU is consistently being implemented, as well as searching for loopholes in e-tax reporting, sabotaging anti-corruption court establishment, forcing members of anti-corruption public organizations to report income and eliminating political opponents are taking place.
“Samopomich” insists on selecting an independent and authoritative auditor for the Anti-Corruption Bureau, adopting the law on anti-corruption court, where judges would be selected with the help of international experts, and which will finally bring to responsibility high-ranking corrupt officials in Ukraine. Restricting deputy immunity is similarly important in order to regain trust of the population, as it proves that everyone is equal in the eyes of the law. The new electoral law cancelling elections in majority constituencies and introducing open lists is of great importance too, as it is seen as a step aimed at fighting “buckwheat offers” and “pig in a poke” strategies.