For its in-depth story on the Panama Papers – Rolling in It – WNYC’s On the Media interviewed Nataliya Gumenyuk, a Ukrainian reporter and co-founder of Hromadske TV, an independent online source of news supported by Internews.
The Panama Papers revealed that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko may have used an offshore firm to stash assets and avoid taxes. The fact that the story is being discussed everywhere in Ukraine, Gumenyuk noted that this shows that Ukraine has entered a new era.
“The previous president – (he was) known for stealing hundred millions of dollars … But you wouldn’t have discussed that in public,” she said. “There is a huge change … as it should be in this society where people care about the rule of law and wants their politicians to be accountable.”
Listen to the program (Gumenyuk’s interview is from 22:22 – 24:15)