The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ukraine spends taxpayers’ money on maintaining former activists

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On January 4, 2018 the portal “Censor.Net” shared a very interesting interview with the former member of the Public Integrity Council entitled “The young judges see how we “twist the arms” of the old ones, so they will not want to go their way, – the ex-member of the Public Integrity Council Leonid Maslov“.

The interest in the ex-member of the Public Integrity Council was not accidental for two reasons. First of all, he freely, actually using profanities (such as “moral morons”, “shitheads”) criticized the bill №6593 which was submitted to the Ukrainian parliament – the Verkhovna Rada – aiming to improve the order of the formation and activity of the Public Integrity Council. It has been long no secret that the activity of this advisory body in the existing personal composition, behavior and biographical information of some of its members showed significant legislative gaps regarding the procedure for the formation and functioning of the Public Integrity Council. Secondly, Leonid Maslov humiliatingly spoke about the essence and form of participation of the European experts in the implementation of the judicial reform: “A fly in the ointment was the setup made by the HQCJU together with the expert Diana Kovacheva. She analyzed our regulations in the old version and compared it with the European practice of selecting judges. And then she came to the conclusion that our practice did not meet European standards. But in Europe, in principle, there is no such a structure as the Public Integrity Council. Kovacheva, having not analyzed any of our conclusions, did a report not about us, but about how it was in Europe. And in general, in Europe there are also dishonest people. For example, I think that the money allocated to the experts for writing model assignments for the candidates to the Supreme Court was primitively stolen”.

However, criticizing the European experts, the former member of the Public Integrity Council (who withdrew from the Council in June 2017) boasts that he has now returned to work in the Public Integrity Council, but in another position as he has become the system administrator of the site of the Public Integrity Council. And he gets money for it from the DeJuRe Foundation. http://www.dejure.foundation/.

Instead, the DeJuRe Foundation itself received a grant from the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ukraine http://www.mzv.cz/kiev/uk/x2005_11_03/transition_promotion_program_results_of.html.

By the way, it is not very clear why this public organization pays money to the system administrator of the site of the Public Integrity Council because, firstly, Maslov’s help (work?) on the site of the Public Integrity Council is still indicated as voluntary; secondly, it will be interesting whether Maslov will declare his income in this sphere of activity; and, thirdly, the NGO “DeJuRe Foundation” received a grant from the Embassy of the Czech Republic for the program “Participation of citizens in the process of the judicial reform” and what the system administrator of the site of the Public Integrity Council has to do with that is quite a question.

But let the Embassy of the Czech Republic deal with the “DeJuRe”, they, perhaps, know it best where to spend the money of their taxpayers.

As for the former member of the Public Integrity Council Leonid Maslov, he, due to his unethical behavior often got into scandalous situations.

For reference: The Public Integrity Council was formed aiming to assist the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine in establishing the compliance of the judge (a candidate for the position of the judge) for criteria of professional ethics and integrity for the purposes of qualification assessment.

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