Ukraine emergency service head arrested for corruption at cabinet meeting

Serhiy Bochkovsky, head of Ukraine’s State Service for Emergency Situations, was handcuffed and taken away by police officers on March 25 as part of a highly publicized stunt at a Cabinet meeting as a suspect in a corruption case.

The move was probably the first arrest of a government official at a Cabinet meeting in Ukraine and was broadcast live. As Interior Minister Arsen Avakov explained, it was intended to demonstrate the government’s will to prosecute corrupt bureaucrats. He said it was a “vaccine” against corruption.

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(Serhiy Bochkovsky, head of the State Service for Emergency Situations, being arrested by a police officer at a Cabinet meeting on March 25. Photo: © Cabinet of Ukraine)