Ukraine: Judge in spotlight as Ukraine’s anti-corruption drive hits buffers

In most countries, judges take on the mafia. In Kyiv’s district administrative court, some of the justices are the mafia, say, anti-corruption investigators.

Even by the standards of Ukraine’s notoriously corrupt justice system, the allegations stemming from intercepted phone calls released by Ukraine’s anti-corruption bureau, known as NABU, are extraordinary. The recordings were made during an investigation into Judge Pavlo Vovk, the head of the administrative court in the Ukrainian capital.

NABU alleges that Mr. Vovk, whose name means wolf, conspired with several fellow judges to gain influence over other courts and government bodies by issuing rulings for purposes of blackmail, as political favors or for kickbacks. The allegedly corrupt judges have been dubbed “the wolves” by local media.

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