✅ Police Reform: Easier Said Than Done
A series of high profile murders and crimes have raised questions about the efficacy of Ukraine’s police. Is the reform of law enforcement moving forward? Is it yielding any results? Hromadske spoke with Ukrainian National Police Chief Serhiy Knyazev and reformer Denys Kobzin to learn what’s happening and what needs to be done. We also have law enforcement reform expert Eugene Krapyvin in studio to discuss.
Ukrainian National Police Chief
law enforcement reform expert at the Reanimation Package of Reforms
Director of the Kharkiv Institute of Social Research
✅ The (Court) Battle of Trafalgar: Ukrainian Oligarchs’ Corrupt Trail
It’s some of the hottest, most iconic real estate in London: the Grand Buildings off Trafalgar Square. But a new investigation into the “Paradise Papers” leaks by Hromadske’s Slidstvo.info investigative unit and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project has uncovered that this structure belongs to Ukrainian Oligarch Viktor Pinchuk. But its ownership is hidden offshore in the Isle of Man. Hromadske explains how Pinchuk won the Grand Buildings in a British legal battle with two other oligarchs over a top Ukrainian state enterprise.
✅ The Challenges of Ukrainian-Polish Relations
During the Euromaidan Revolution, Poland was one of Ukraine’s staunchest allies. However, since a nationalist government came to power in Warsaw, tensions between the countries have grown. Kyiv and Warsaw find themselves in conflict over historical narratives and political directions. Figures regarded as heroes by many in Ukraine — for example, Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera — are regarded in Poland as the killers of Poles. And a new Ukrainian law restricting education in minority language has angered Warsaw. Hromadske looks at where relations stand and what must happen to overcome these divides.
EU Office Director, International Republican Institute
Member of the European Parliament
✅ Investigating High-Tech Electoral Corruption in Kyrgyzstan
Last month, Kyrgyzstan went to the polls to elect a new president. The race was close, but ultimately former prime-minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov — the incumbent’s chosen successor — scored a clear victory. But then Kyrgyzstan’s independent Kloop.kg news site discovered Samara.kg, a website hosted on a Kyrgyz state server that appeared to allow election workers to pressure voters to cast their ballot for Jeenbekov. Kloop’s co-founder Bektour Iskender explains what his organization discovered and why the Kyrgyz authorities have to use such high-tech, unusual schemes to influence elections.
co-founder of the KLOOP.kg news agency