Larysa Holnyk – is a judge of the Oktyabrsky District Court of Poltava, winner of the international Blueprint for Free Speech award as a whistleblower of corruption.
In 2014, she judged a case of an administrative corruption offense of Poltava Mayor Oleksandr Mamai. Larysa later suffered from harassments and false accusations. She felt how distorted and immoral the system of lawenforcement agencies of Ukraine is as high-ranking corrupt officials come out unscathed, even being caught red-handed, while investigators, prosecutors and judges help hide their crimes.
Larysa is a shining example of an honest, impartial and independent judge.
Yehor Soboliev – is the member of the Parliament of Ukraine (8th convocation), journalist, former head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Prevention and Combating of Corruption.
He is a founder of the “Svidomo” Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Yehor was one of the organizers of mass protests near the Verkhovna Rada which called for electoral reform, creation of the Anti-Corruption Court and the abolition of parliamentary immunity, as well as the trade blockade of the occupied territories.
During Euromaidan, he was appointed head of the Lustration Committee by the All-Ukrainian Union “Maidan”. He is a co-founder of the socio-political movement “Volia” which later became a political party.
Yehor became a member of the Verkhovna Rada as a part of SAMOPOMICH association. He was the deputy chairman of the parliamentary faction “Samopomich”.
Yehor is one of the developers of the draft law “On the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court”, which provided for the full independence of the specialized court for cases investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office. However, in order to speed up the adoption of the law, it was suggested that ex-president Petro Poroshenko should be named as its author/developer. In 2018, the law was adopted.
Yehor headed a working group on the draft law on the independence of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP). This law gave SAP autonomy, separating it from the Prosecutor General’s Office, established an institute of detectives. The law also required officials to prove the legitimacy of their property. Failure to do so was recognized as a crime called “illegal enrichment”. The law allowed all such property to be confiscated from convicted officials.
Together with the Ministry of Justice, Yehor developed a law regarding the completeness of e-declarations of officials. Now, thanks to his work, all officials must declare not only the property officially registered on them, but also everything that is registered on other people, but is actually used by them, as well as the so-called “nedobudova” (incomplete construction).
Yehor actively opposed attempts to rewrite the law “On Combating Corruption” to prevent another attempt to postpone the introduction of a system of openness of property of officials – e-declaration. He was the first to fill out an electronic declaration to set an example. As a result of the introduction of e-declaration, the declarations of more than 100 thousand officials, including all high-ranking officials, became available to the general public.
On behalf of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine he was a defender of the Law “On Purification of Power” in the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.
Moreover, during his parliamentary career he was the author of numerous anti-corruption initiatives, including: “On Amendments to the Criminal and Criminal Procedural Codes of Ukraine Regarding the Liability for Illegal Enrichment”; “On Amendments to the Rules of Procedure of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Regarding the Consent to Criminal Prosecution, Detention or Arrest of Members of Parliament of Ukraine”; “On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine (regarding the inviolability of Members of Parliament of Ukraine)”; “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning the Activities of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine”; “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts Of Ukraine on Combating Bribery”; “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Purification of Power”; “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Prevention and Combating of Political Corruption”, etc.
Oksana Nesterenko – Ph.D., former Fulbright – Kennan Institute Research Scholar (2013/2014).
Author and co-author of various publications such as: research “Assessment of the Anti-Corruption Strategy Implementation: Successes and Challenges” (2017); scientific and practical publication “Whistleblowers” (2016); monograph “Information in Ukraine: The Right to Access” (2012); scientific and practical publication “Right to Information Access: Theory and Practice” (2009); commentary on the Law of Ukraine “On Access to Public Information” (2012).
Oksana is an expert in the field of anti-corruption policy, constitutional law. In particular, she specializes in freedom of expression and mass media, the right to access public information, protection of personal data, open government, protection of whistleblowers, etc.
Oksana Nesterenko is a co-author of the draft law “On Protection of Whistleblowers” and was a member of the working group that drafted the Laws of Ukraine “On Access to Public Information” and “On Information” (new edition). She is an expert of numerous projects aimed at increasing transparency, freedom of the media, promote the rule of law and democratic development of Ukraine.
For the last 12 years Oksana Nesterenko was a lecturer in leading law schools and taught courses about constitutional law of Ukraine, constitutional jurisdiction, right to access information, legal and institutional mechanisms for combating corruption, etc.
Nowadays Oksana is the executive director of the Anti-Corruption Research and Education Centre of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.