Activists say push needed for anti-corruption court

State Fiscal Service Chief Roman Nasirov, a suspect in a corruption case, during a hearing at Kyiv’s Solomyansky Court on March 5, with an officer of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau standing guard. The case is stalled.

Photo by Volodymyr Petrov

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has opposed the creation of an anti-corruption court for more than a year, until he could no more.
Poroshenko’s denouncing of the anti-corruption court — the final link required to prosecute corruption in Ukraine — has recently brought him criticism of the Western partners and outrage at home.

But on Oct. 4, the president nominally reversed course and supported the court’s creation.

It happened when it became known that the European Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as the Venice Commission, would come out in support of such an institution days later.

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