27.06.2013

Ukraine's leading investigative journalist to present his brand new book in London


Thursday, June 27th, 7.00PM at the Ukrainian Institute in London 

Sergii Leschenko will present his new book The American saga of Pavlo Lazarenko.

Sergii Leshchenko is a leading Ukrainian investigative journalist and Civil Society activist. He specialises in anti-corruption investigations and political issues, and is renowned for his articles published in Ukraine’s most popular online publicationUkrainska Pravda. He has carried out journalistic investigations into the incumbent Ukrainian President’s lifestyle and financial interests of the ‘new Ukrainian elite’. 

The new book, a documentary work, is based on the investigation conducted against former Ukrainian Prime Minister by U.S. law enforcement agencies. Sergii Leshenko spent several weeks in the archives of Court Northern District of California, studying the case file. 

Pavlo Lazarenko had every chance to replace Leonid Kuchma in 1999 and become the third president of Ukraine. But greed and corruption, a curse of Ukrainian politicians, ruined his career. Why was this allowed to happen? And what lessons from history can Ukrainian politicians take from Lazarenko? This and more will be presented at the book launch.

Mr Leshchenko is a founder of several influential civic initiatives in Ukraine, such as Stop Censorship and Chesno(Fair), a public campaign that monitors candidates and Members of Parliament. In 2010 he was one of the initiators of a lobbying campaign for the Law on Access to Public Information.  In 2013 Sergii appealed to the European Court of Human Rights against Ukrainian authorities that refused to disclose important public information.

In 2006 Leshchenko was awarded the Oleksandr Kryvenko Prize for a series of journalistic investigations and in 2011 recognised  by Poland’s Foundation of Reporters as the best journalist within countries of the Eastern Partnership.

In 2012 Sergii was a fellow of the London-based John Smith Memorial Trust. In 2013 he was announced winner of the Press Prize established by Norwegian The Fritt Ord Foundation and German The ZEIT Foundation. He has also published stories about Ukrainian politics on the London-based site Open Democracy.net (http://opendemocracy.net/author/sergii-leshchenko)

He is a  graduate of the Institute of Journalism at  Kyiv’s Taras Shevchenko National University.

The talk will be held in Ukrainian. All welcome. Free admission. RSVP info@ukrainianinstitute.org.uk




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