Democracy in turmoil – Learn about allegations of corruption against former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.
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1 May 2001
As Kuchma loses a parliamentary vote of no confidence (26/4/01), we examine the evidence that he was behind the murder. Gongazde disappeared mysteriously last September after writing a series of reports on government corruption. Kuchma denies involvement, but his former Justice Minister confirms the tapes are genuine. Nearly ten years since independence from the USSR, the case has brought Ukranians back onto the streets to demand Kuchma’s resignation. We speak to Gongazde’s family and the corruption-weary protestors. “Anyone may be arrested, jailed and killed without involvement of the judiciary, as in the years of Stalin”. Dramatic footage of pitched battles between demonstrators and police.
Produced by ABC Australia. Ref – 968
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