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 All Cabinet, including prime minister, ministers, and deputies fall within our scope, - Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Holodnytskyi

All major corruption schemes in Ukraine are orchestrated by high-ranking officials, including the Cabinet of Ministers, who do not want the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NAB) and prosecutors to operate efficiently.

As reported by Censor.NET referring to Ukrainska Pravda, Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Nazar Kholodnytskyi said this in an interview with Ukrinform.

According to him, the law on prosecutor's office provides that "ordinary prosecutors [within the anti-corruption prosecutor's office - ed.] should receive about UAH 50,000 (about $2,000) per month."

"Mid-tier executives are supposed to earn about UAH 60,000, senior officials - UAH 65,000, me - about UAH 80,000. This are amounts inclusive of various bonuses," Kholodnytskyi said.

At the same time, the Cabinet failed to include such funding in the 2016 draft budget.

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"That is, we will be funded as an ordinary PGO's department and our investigators will get 7,000-8,000 a month... With such salaries I won't be able to motivate people dealing with billion-worth scams. What will I tell them?" Kholodnytskyi said.

He believes that such a situation may indicate a desire of senior officials to bury the work of newly set up anti-corruption bodies.

"When the NAB and the anti-corruption prosecutor's office get down to full-scale work, a chain reaction will start... I guess someone does not want us to do it. You know, in fact, the entire composition of the Cabinet falls within our scope. Everyone. From prime minister and ministers to their deputies," he noted.

"Nobody wants to fund the construction of their own gallows! But there is pressure by Europe, there is pressure by the U.S., and we've got to show that something is being done," the prosecutor added.
 
 
 
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