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Ukraine Approves Anticorruption Court in Bid to Unblock Foreign Aid

June 6, 2018

Ukrainian officials say they faked the murder of the journalist, Arkady Babchenko, a former war correspondent highly critical of the Kremlin, in an effort to trace his would-be killers back to Russian intelligence. But they have so far produced no evidence to support accusations of a Russian role or any explanation why they needed to stage a phony murder.

Public fury over corruption and political machinations galvanized the 2013-14 street protests that toppled President Viktor F. Yanukovych, and has since sapped support, both inside Ukraine and abroad, for his successor, Petro O. Poroshenko.

Daryna Kalenyuk, the executive director of the Anticorruption Action Center, a Ukrainian organization that has often criticized Mr. Poroshenko for coddling corrupt officials, described Thursday’s legislation on the anticorruption court as a “big victory.”

But, she added, it only defined the shape of the new court and did not order its immediate establishment. For that to happen, she said, Parliament needs to pass another piece of legislation.

“There are loopholes and we still need another vote, but we have finally unfrozen the process,” Ms. Kalenyuk said.