GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - A new breed of crime is
quickly emerging in Ukraine according to the first interim report on
organized crime and public corruption in Ukraine by the Organized Crime
The report, presented at a news conference at the United Nations today,
outlines the progress of international researchers in their assessment
of the nation's crime and corruption, ahead of a crucial European
summit at Vilnius later this month in which an agreement may be signed
granting the former Soviet state EU Associate status.
The OCO report assesses the key trends in Ukrainian criminality,
observing that drug smuggling and people trafficking remain at a high
level in the country, but new trends such as corporate raiding and
fraud are increasingly common. The study will also focus on public
corruption with an insight on local bureaucracies.
The biggest new challenges for law enforcement agencies are an increase
in counterfeiting and cybercrime, both of which internationalize
Ukraine's criminal influence. The internationalization of corporate
raiding is more hidden but still very present.
OCO President, Nicolas Giannakopoulos commented that Ukraine has made
great efforts to join and comply with European and international
conventions to combat organized crime, corruption and other illegal
activities but the road ahead is still challenging.
"Europe has for some time regarded Ukraine as a hotbed for organized
crime and corruption, and the high profile cases of former Prime
Ministers Lazarenko and Tymoshenko certainly attest to the scale of
crime in the country. Ukraine efforts shows some interesting progress
against organized crime gangs, which is good news. Where more needs to
be done, however, is in tacking the blight of corruption that impacts
the lives of so many people in the country and the emerging risks posed
by cybercrime and corporate raiding. This is where Europe could be
doing more to help."
OCO reports that one in two Ukrainians has fallen victim to internet
scams, such as identity fraud and theft, with over two thousand fraud
cases already reported. Corporate raiding, on the other side, often
ends in western Courts.
Nicolas Giannakopoulos sees this trend as one in which the European
Union can protect itself by working more closely with the country:
"European agencies could provide useful support for their colleagues in
Ukraine. This would be good news for Ukrainians, but it would also help
citizens across the EU too by preventing Ukrainian criminal activity
spreading across the continent."
The OCO's comprehensive investigation and study on Ukraine will run
through September 2014.
OCO is a Swiss based association (NGO) founded in 2001. Its goals are to
provide understanding on structured criminal behaviors, patterns and
facts, to educate specialists and large public on the phenomenon
through education, trainings, lobbying and public announcements but
also by helping involved parties to communicate between them in a
trustful and secure way. With more than 250 specialists worldwide, OCO
believes that structured crime is a danger for the security of
democracy, privacy and freedom around the world and must be addressed,
as a global problem, through worldwide networking and exchange.
For more information, please visit http://www.o-c-o.net.
SOURCE: The Organized Crime Observatory (OCO)
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