31 Jan '18, 5pm

Luxury holidays of top politicians spark scandal in Ukraine - The Straits Times

KIEV (AFP) - Luxury holidays enjoyed or planned by Ukraine's President and Prosecutor-General revealed by media have sparked uproar in a country battling large-scale corruption - though the latter played down the claims on Wednesday (Jan 31). Soon after the New Year, President Petro Poroshenko and 10 other people including friends and family went on a secret seven-day vacation on a private island in the Maldives, spending some US$500,000 (S$650,000), Ukrainian investigative TV show Skhemy reported on Jan 18. Tuesday, the same show revealed an expensive family vacation for Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko in the Seychelles, estimating the cost at more than €52,000 (S$84,000) for three people. Poroshenko's press-office told a Ukrainian news agency after news of his pricy break first emerged he had enjoyed "a short rest" and that he "paid for the trip himself from ...

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