CANCELLED Bloody Money: Why Ukraine Finds it so Hard to Defeat Corruption, 16-06-2016

April 15, 2016 • Educational, Past Events • Views: 988




Thursday, June 16, 7pm


Ukrainain Cathedrall Hall at 21 Binney Street, W1K 5BQ



Why Ukraine has found it so hard to combat corruption? How to break its systemic nature? What steps should the West take to stop  the flow of dirty money that is pouring out of Ukraine? What role has Ukraine’s civil society plays in pushing anti-corruption agenda? How to mobilize support of various groups of interest within the Ukrainian society? These are the main points of the talk which is organised by the Ukrainian Institute in London.


Oliver Bullough, author and journalist

Yulia Andrusiv, Research Fellow, Chatham House

The talk will preceded by a screening of “Dirty Money,” a documentary film telling two contrasting stories of corruption in Ukraine. 40 min.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A and a wine reception.

This event will be held in English and will be moderated by Marina Pesenti, Director of the Ukrainian Institute.


Speakers’ biographies:

Oliver Bullough is an author and journalist, specializing in corruption, money laundering and the former Soviet Union. Oliver wrote for the Guardian, British GQ, the New York Times, and others. He also makes radio documentaries for the BBC.

Yulia Andrusiv is an Academy fellow at the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House. Prior to this she held executive roles at multinational companies in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and construction industries and practiced law in the US and Ukraine. She holds a Masters in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School, Master of Laws from John Marshall Law School in Chicago (IL), and Master of Laws from Lviv State University.

Short synopsis of the film

“Bloody Money” tells two stories. One is of a Ukrainian oligarch’s bank account and the $23 million it contained. In unprecedented detail, it reveals where the money came from, how it was laundered, and what happened when a British judge ruled on its provenance. The other story is that of a Ukrainian mother, and her battle to find medicines for her haemophiliac daughter, in a country where healthcare is just one more opportunity for corrupt officials to make money. Bloody Money reveals how kleptocrats use shell companies to obscure the origins of their stolen money, and how Western enablers – lawyers, accountants, and more – assist them in doing so. It also shows how Ukrainian officials continue to run corrupt schemes, despite 2014’s revolution, and how that is sabotaging the country’s reform efforts.

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Cover photo credit: The Economist


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