Category Archives: White Collar Crime

Ukraine Needs National Reform Coalition to Remove Oligarchy

Mikheil Saakashvili’s resignation this week does not mark the failure of reform efforts in Ukraine. It opens a new chapter. “Odesa can only develop once Kyiv will be freed from these bribe takers, who directly patronize organized crime and lawlessness,” he bluntly told journalists when he announced he was quitting on November 7. This opinion… Read More

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Ukraine’s Survivor: Yulia Tymoshenko

Yulia Tymoshenko no longer braids her blond hair, but looks like a corporate lawyer from Berlin or Brussels, complete with glasses, an hour-glass figure, poise and exquisite grooming. She is the most famous and most controversial figure in Ukraine. And, however historians or critics judge her, she embodies the hardship endured by Ukraine’s people in… Read More

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Stolen Future: Atlantic Council/Newsweek Major Issue Paper by Diane Francis on Russia-Ukrainian Corruption

Atlantic Council published May 10, 2016 Diane Francis’ new issue brief, “Stolen Future,” exposes the depth and breadth of the economic devastation a corruption fueled oligarchy has wrought in Ukraine. In the wake of the Euromaidan Revolution, Ukraine has the opportunity to break the cycle of wealth appropriation which has plagued both Russia and Ukraine… Read More

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Trump Presidency Would be Deja Bush

WASHINGTON, D.C. – No visit to the capitol is complete without rubbing elbows with the great and grateful. This week, I found myself at a swanky law firm gathering where I met and chatted with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. He was a nominee briefly but dropped out. And in January, he described the choice between… Read More

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New York Post: Skylines are Money Laundering Machines

New York’s swankiest skyscrapers have become the new Swiss banks for the world’s richest undesirables. It’s ironic, considering that for decades Washington led the charge against the Swiss and others for facilitating money laundering through numbered bank accounts. Today, Switzerland has cleaned up its act and the “filthy” rich have turned to New York City,… Read More

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Ukraine made gains: Fight Not Over — George Soros

DAVOS, Switzerland – Ironically, it as a breakfast panel hosted by a Ukrainian oligarch, Victor Pinchuk and his Pinchuk Foundation, that yielded the most candid and interesting remarks as to what to do about Ukraine’s struggle against Putin and internal corruption. “The reforms have been impressive,” said former European Union president Jose Manuel Barrossa at… Read More

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Atlantic Council: Putin and corruption threaten Ukraine, the west

Russian President Vladimir Putin is pivoting and wants to withdraw from the Donbas but keep Crimea, according to Iegor Soboliev, the head of the Ukrainian parliament’s anti-corruption committee. “He wants to give it back to us right now. He doesn’t need the Donbas,” he said in an interview on October 5. “Unfortunately, he will try… Read More

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Europe’s Next Wave of Migrants May Come From Ukraine

n chess, a player is in “zugzwang” when no move will rescue his situation. Russian President Vladimir Putin has put Ukraine in “zugzwang” and, as things now stand, the country is unable to move forward militarily, economically or diplomatically. Without relief, Europe may end up with another deluge of asylum seekers, this time from Ukraine…. Read More

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