Following months of upheaval in Ukraine persistent political corruption has led to the so-called craze of ‘trash bucket challenge’.
With an average monthly salary of just €200, many Ukrainians feel that little appears to have been done to tackle corruption with the exit of Viktor Yanukovych, the Kremlin- backed president.
The Yanukovych regime had stolen $11bn through the abuse of government tenders alone in the last four years.
Transparency International still ranks Ukraine at 144 out of 177 countries on its corruption perceptions index, on a par with Nigeria and Papua New Guinea.
And, since early September, a dozen MPs, city councillors and other officials accused of wrongdoing have been targeted for punishment.
The perpetrators, usually members of the radical right-wing alliance group Right Sector, say they are punishing the criminality that exists in public office.
The group’s Odessa branch last month dumped Oleg Rudenko, a city insurance official accused of taking a €35,000 bribe, in a rubbish bin. The stunt proved a hit.
On September 16 Vitaly Zhuravsky, an MP formerly of Yanukovych’s now defunct Party of the Regions was binned. Nine days later Viktor Pylypyshyn was a recipient of the unusual punishment.
In the most recent incident a doctor convicted of bribery three months ago was targeted.