Anti-corruption in defense of justice and democracy

Panel discussion on anti-corruption law

Panel discussion

“Anti-corruption in defense of justice and democracy”


The future of Ukraine depends on success in the war for independence against the Russian aggressor, and the post-war reconstruction of the state, membership in the EU and NATO, and democratic development largely depend on the results of the fight against corruption. In the context of the war, the most significant issues for Ukrainians are the problems of combat operations, the destruction of housing and infrastructure, and corruption. Society is becoming radicalized by corruption, demanding maximum punishment for bribe-takers, putting pressure on the authorities, and expecting quick and tangible results for ordinary people. International partners who finance Ukraine’s defense needs, provide macro-financial assistance and plan to invest heavily in the country’s reconstruction demand decisive action from the government in the fight against corruption. Given the huge demand in society for integrity and justice, the crucial role of fighting corruption in preserving statehood, defeating the aggressor and building Ukraine as a European country, there is a need for a public discussion of urgent anti-corruption issues.

The legal regime of martial law, in which the state, business and society have been functioning for a long time, among other things, creates new challenges and threats to Ukraine’s defense capability, national economy, democracy and law and order. The largest of these is organized corruption in the war and its aftermath: bribery in recruitment centers, illegal trade in humanitarian aid, abuse of medical institutions, embezzlement of budget funds in the defense sector, restoration of civilian and critical infrastructure, provision of targeted financial assistance to the population, and access to goods and services markets for entrepreneurs. The movement and concentration of systemic corruption in new areas of society requires strengthening the resilience of the existing anti-corruption infrastructure, adjusting the anti-corruption policy and its implementation strategy, and finding new methods and measures to prevent corruption.


During the panel discussion, the following issues will be discussed:

  • overcoming corruption as a condition for ensuring social justice and preserving democracy;
  • anti-corruption policy: problems and prospects;
  • transparent and virtuous reconstruction of Ukraine and communities;
  • business integrity standards against corruption in business;
  • challenges and capacities of the anti-corruption prosecutor’s office;
  • criminal law issues of combating corruption;
  • role of civil society and media in fighting corruption;
  • main trends in the activities of the High Anti-Corruption Court;
  • implementation of foreign experience in fighting corruption.


Speakers of the panel discussion will include representatives of National Agency on Corruption Prevention, National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, Higher Anti-Corruption Court, UNIC, Central Anti-Corruption Bureau of Poland (CBA), Ministry of Community Development, Territories and Infrastructure of Ukraine, Consulate General of Romania in Chernivtsi, as well as the academic community and the expert community.

26 september 2023
10.00 - 14.00
Registration of participants for the event in Zoom format


Semen Kryvonos

Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau. From 2011 to 2015, Semen Krysonos worked in the territorial bodies of the Ministry of Justice in Odesa and Kyiv regions. From 2015 to 2016, he held the position of First Deputy Head of the Odesa Customs of the State Fiscal Service. At Odesa Customs, he implemented the Open […]

Opening remarks: "Fighting corruption as a key to a healthy and strong democracy"

Allan Pagh Kristensen

Head of European Union Anti-corruption initiative. Allan is leading the EUACI and overall responsible for the program. He is a senior Danish diplomat who has worked with Ukraine for a number of years. Before joining the EUACI held the position of Deputy Director of the European Neighbourhood Department at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Andrzej Stróżny

Head of the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau of the Republic of Poland (CBA), born on April 3, 1970. He is a Polish intelligence officer (Internal Security Agency and CBA) and police officer. Mr. Andrzej graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. After military service in 1990-1992, he started […]

Topic of speech: ''International assistance in the fight against corruption''

Vira Mykhailenko

Head of the High Anti-Corruption Court, PhD in Law. Vira Mykhailenko has two degrees in law (2003) and intellectual property (2008); she is a national trainer of the Council of Europe on European anti-discrimination standards. She began her legal career in the civil service, at the Legal Department of the State Committee for the State […]

Topic of speech: ''Peculiarities of consideration of cases on recognition of assets as unjustified and their recovery to the state revenue"

Serhii Derkach

Deputy Minister of Development of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure of Ukraine. Serhii Derkach directs and coordinates activities to ensure the fulfillment of the Ministry’s tasks and functions in the formation and implementation of state policy in the areas of road transport and road economy. He is also responsible for the state policy in the field […]

Topic of speech: ''Corruption risks in infrastructure management and reconstruction: how to overcome them''

Nadiia Polkhovska

Prosecutor of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office. Ms. Polkhovska joined the team of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in January 2023. She has more than 7 years of practical experience in law enforcement and has personally investigated some of the most famous corruption crimes in Ukraine. From 2016 to January 2023, she worked at the […]

Topic of speech: ''Challenges and capacities of the anti-corruption prosecutor's office in the fight against corruption under martial law''

Antonina Prudko

Head of the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Network of Integrity and Compliance, UNIC. Antonina Prudko is a specialist with over 18 years of professional experience working with Ukrainian international and national non-profit and governmental organizations. Prior to her current position, Ms. Prudko worked as a Resident Advisor at the OECD/ACN Secretariat to manage the OECD […]

Topic of speech: ''Implementation of business integrity standards as a way to minimize corruption risks for Ukrainian businesses''

Oleksandr Dudorov

Doctor of Law, Professor. Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, Professor of the Department of Criminal Law Policy and Criminal Law of the Educational and Research Institute of Law of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Mr. Oleksandr is the author (co-author) of more than 500 scientific works, including monographs, textbooks, scientific and […]

Topic of speech: ''Criminal law issues of combating corruption''

Andrii Borovyk

Executive Director of Transparency International Ukraine. Expert in anti-corruption policy, investment analysis, and analysis of business processes in the public sector. He holds a master’s degree in economic policy from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and a master’s degree in business analysis and consulting from Warwick Business School, UK. For a long time, he […]

Topic of speech: ''The role of civil society in fighting corruption and supporting anti-corruption bodies and initiatives''

Dmytro Kalmykov

Head of the Anti-Corruption Policy Department of the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption. Dmytro Kalmykov holds a law degree (2007) and a degree in economics (2010), a PhD in law and a senior researcher. From 2010 to 2014, he was engaged in teaching and research activities in the field of formation and implementation […]

Topic of speech: ''Anti-Corruption Policy in Ukraine: Problems and Prospects''


Bogdan Golovkin

Doctor of Law, Professor, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Legal Sciences.

Oleksandr Melnychenko

Head of the International Cooperation Sector of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). Mr. Melnychenko is a specialist in international cooperation. In 2016-2018, he worked at the Department of International Legal Cooperation of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, and later in 2018 became a state expert at the Directorate for Coordination of State […]

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    Anatoly Hetman