Ukraine: Ukraine Passes a Critical Anticorruption Bill

The Ukrainian government cleared an important anticorruption hurdle Wednesday when Parliament passed a bill preventing insiders from siphoning off international aid money through bank bailouts.

The vote was seen as opening the door to International Monetary Fund lending, desperately needed for Ukraine’s nose-diving economy, and became a rare success for President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Mr. Zelensky, a former comedian elected president last year, had inspired high hopes with his commitment to weeding out corruption. But those hopes were dimmed this spring when former officials went public with accusations of backsliding and insider dealing, an old scourge in Ukraine.

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