Business News Politics, 06/09/2017

Kharkiv Activists Ruin Corruption Scheme

Kharkiv Anticorruption Center activists are reporting their significant achievement in the field of land frauds in Kharkiv. Their investigation of the so called “cooperative scheme” and publishing its results had lead to returning several land plots to the ownership of the city.

“This is our great victory”, writes Dmytro Bulakh, the Head of Kharkiv Anticorruption Centre, who was brutally attacked a week ago. “The fake cooperatives have started returning the land back to the city ‘in bulk”.

According to the Kharkiv Anticorruption Centre, since 2008 Kharkiv city Council gave away some land plots for free to a number of newly organized servicing cooperatives which were supposed to build apartment blocks there “in order to improve the housing conditions of their members”. However those cooperatives’ members were not eligible for social benefits and thus the whole “cooperative scheme” was illegal.

Currently 49 plots of land on the total area of 158 hectares aquired within the scheme are being returned to the city of Kharkiv. Among them there are 5 plots that the Kharkiv anticorruption center claimed about to the courts last year. Part of these land plots are under arrest within the criminal proceedings by the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine.

However, the plots in the Forest Park that were distributed under the “cooperative scheme” have not yet been returned, the activists note.

The decisions should be approved by the deputies of the Kharkiv City Council at the next session, which will be held on September 20, 2017. The appropriate documents of the draft decisions for the session have been published on the site of the Anticorruption Centre.

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Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: Anticorruption Centre