Corruption in Ukraine is deep-seated.
According to Transparency International’s 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index, Ukraine is the second most corrupt European country.
US officials once called Ukraine a “kleptocracy.”
Even neocon hardliner, militant Russophobe, Biden regime under secretary of state for Russia bashing, Victoria Nuland, earlier said:
“It’s time to start locking up people who have ripped off the Ukrainian population for too long, and it is time to eradicate the cancer of corruption” in the country.
Ukraine’s super-rich amassed wealth the old-fashioned way — by stealing it.
Along with deep-seated corruption, election fraud is rife.
Since the Obama/Biden regime’s 2014 Maidan coup in Kiev, Ukraine’s so-called president and key officials were installed by the US to serve its interests.
Weeks earlier, Vladimir Putin said that “corruption has gone beyond the usual scope in Ukraine,” adding:
“It has literally permeated and corroded Ukrainian statehood, the entire system, and all branches of power.”
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) called corruption a “significant obstacle to doing business in Ukraine.”
In the country’s 2019 presidential selection — not election — the only candidates that mattered were US-installed fascist billionaire/oligarch mega-crook incumbent Petro Poroshenko, convicted felon Yulia Timoshenko, and comedian/entertainer Zelensky.
Choices for Ukrainians were none at all with hegemon USA controlling the process.
According to leaked Pandora Papers information, Zelensky’s vow to “break the system of oligarch” and related corruption in Ukraine was head-fake deception.
An examination of his personal finances showed that he amassed a fortune of around $850 million dollars.
Maybe there’s more yet to be revealed.
Zelensky clearly didn’t amass super-wealth from comic performances.
Most all of its was accumulated after being selected president three years ago this month.
Did he steal it from US/NATO handouts or IMF loans?
His official 2021 salary was a meager $12,075 — less about $2,150 in taxes.
Forbes magazine earlier estimated his net worth to be about $20 million.
According to opposition Ukrainian MP Ilya Kiva, “hundreds of millions of dollars are being wired to accounts controlled by Zelensky.
Are they being re-wired to offshore tax have accounts?
According to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Zelensky and his family have a 25% stake in the Maltex Multicapital Corp., a Virgin Islands-based tax shelter.
Zelensky claimed that post-selection in 2019, he no longer had a share of the company.
According to the OCCRP, he and his family still own their position.
Asked about his share, his chief of staff, Mykhailo Podoliak, dubiously claimed that he created offshore accounts to protect his income and assets from US-deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Zelensky is not only a US-installed puppet, he’s a crook who surely accumulated super-wealth by stealing and concealing it from public view.
All the while, ordinary Ukrainians are deeply impoverished and repressed.
Ones believed to be sympathetic toward Russia risk being arrested, tortured, imprisoned and eliminated.
That’s how Nazi-infested fascist regimes operate — especially ones controlled by hegemon USA.