Looking Inside: Podcast Series on Anti-Corruption

Awareness-raising initiatives enhance public knowledge of anti-corruption agencies and the process of investigating and combating high-level corruption. One such project is the podcast series Poplava: Anti-Corruption in Detail organized by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) in collaboration with international partners.

"The current task in the fight against corruption is to reduce its level. Strengthening institutions such as NABU, SAPO, and the HACC is the foundation for achieving this goal. Ideally, these structures should operate at the local level, involving principled experts who are willing to fight corruption for fair wages and utilize all available tools. Another crucial aspect is the inevitability of punishment," stated one of the podcast speakers, NABU’s senior detective Viktor Yarema.

The 12-episode series ended with an offline event where participants had the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers, using a special chatbot. Host and journalist Oleh Novikov also voiced questions from fans left in the comments under videos on the NABU and Poplava YouTube channels. These questions included inquiries about the role of artificial intelligence in uncovering covert investigative actions and how crimes involving undue advantages in cryptocurrency are investigated.

"This project is an indicator for us that the fight against corruption is an interesting and relevant topic for Ukrainians. As long as the demand for justice in the country remains unmet and corruption remains among the top three issues troubling Ukrainians, there will be many of those who truly want to understand the intricacies of judicial processes," noted Iryna Shyba, Deputy Head of the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine.

The event was implemented in collaboration with journalist Oleh Novikov and with the support of the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative, the leading anti-corruption program in Ukraine funded by the EU and co-funded and implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.