Errant Ukrainian politicians ‘dumped’ in bins

Some of Ukraine’s top officials have ended up in a wheelie bin after being targeted by far-right groups.

Errant Ukrainian politicians ‘dumped’ in bins

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.

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