Disinfo: Ukrainian anti-corruption authorities were created and are controlled by Western embassies


The specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office and National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine are bodies that, in fact, were created by agents of foreign influence who acted under the orders of foreign embassies. Today these institutions are managed by foreign embassies. They were created in order to punish all those who are not pro-American.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine. Unfounded claims on foreign influence on Ukraine's legal system.

Eradication of corruption was one of the main demands of the Maidan protests in 2013-2014. After the new President and Parliament were elected in Ukraine in 2014, anti-corruption reform became a key objective of a new Ukrainian government, which was agreed on in a Coalition Agreement (part 3).

As a result, the new Parliament created two new independent anti-corruption bodies. The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine is a law enforcement agency responsible for preventing, detecting, terminating, investigating and disclosing corruption offenses committed by senior officials.

The specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office is a prosecutorial body, which functions independently from the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine. Its main tasks include prosecution of the crimes and supervision during pre-trial investigations conducted by National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.

The EU supports anti-corruption reform in Ukraine. During an EU-Ukraine Summit in July 2018, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker noted: “For us, the fight against corruption is an important duty for Ukraine, relevant. I will never say that Ukraine is a corrupt country, but there is corruption in Ukraine, just like in other countries. And we really pay a lot of attention to the fight against corruption, including to the steps that the Ukrainian authorities are taking".

In her visit to Ukraine in March 2018, High Representative/Vice President of the EU Federica Mogherini mentioned: “The anti-corruption institutions must be allowed to do their work independently, with enough powers and resources to investigate, prosecute and eventually ensure the conviction of those responsible for corruption.”

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch also stresses the need to safeguard independence of the newly created anti-corruption authorities and to “establishing an anti-corruption court of the highest integrity, based on the Venice Commission’s opinion.”


Below are the archived publication/media links from Nash TV Channel
  • Reported in: Issue 139
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian, Ukrainian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Ukraine, EU, Corruption, Euromaidan
  • Outlet: Podiyi Dnya z Tyhranom Martyrosyanom @ Nash TV Channel - (17:02-17:34)


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“Vast number” of cyberattacks on Russia from US, Europe

Russian government websites, including the official page of Russian President Vladimir Putin, “are permanently subjected to an enormous number of cyber-attacks … from Europe and North America.”


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative of attempts by Western governments to weaken and destabilise Russia.

Russian intelligence services have long been accused of targeting computer systems in the US and elsewhere, with a dozen of substantiated allegations made in the last two years alone. An analysis of high-profile cyber incidents since 2006 designates Russia as an "offender" in 98 cyberattacks globally, against 16 incidents where the country appears as a "victim." Conversely, US-based entities have been subjected to 117 such attacks, and perpetrated nine.

Ukraine has introduced dual citizenship but only for “Western lobbyists”

In Ukraine, dual citizenship has been introduced, but you can only have more than one passport if you sympathise with the West.


This is a manipulation of a quote by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Pavlo Klimkin has spoken many times in favour of the introduction of dual citizenship in the country and each time the Russian media has reacted to the statements of Klimkin with misleading disinformation.

Klimkin spoke in favour of the introduction of such a regime in Ukraine, arguing that in this way the country would acquire thousands of qualified specialists from many European and Western countries.

ECHR refused to punish Russia over the capture of Ukrainian sailors

The European Court of Human Rights “refused to take restrictive measures against Russia” in connection with the seizure of Ukrainian ships together with the crew in the Kerch Strait on 25 November 2018. The arguments of the Ukrainian authorities and the submissions did not convince the ECHR of the need to satisfy the stated requirements


A misleading spin on ECHR procedures.

On 4th December, the ECHR issued an interim measure, that Russia should "ensure proper medical treatment for those imprisoned Ukrainian naval officers in need, including those who were wounded", in response to a case bought by Ukraine.