On Monday, 20th of December, 2016, the nationalization of PrivatBank was announced. The representatives of the government and the central bank explained the decision with the bad quality of the credit portfolio, large number of loans to affiliated companies and undercapitalization of the bank. The bank’s former management presented their view of the events, pointing to the unjust actions by the NBU that were selectively aimed at the largest Ukrainian bank. Full text is available in Ukrainian.
How much will those who are paid the minimum wage actually earn? What will the influence of the tariff grade be? This VoxCheck is dedicated to the myths about the minimum wage in Ukraine. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.
Valeriya Hontareva, the Head of the National Bank of Ukraine, has replied to the criticism by MP Serhiy Taruta who accused her in contributing to the collapse of the national currency, the economic decline, and the bankruptcy of numerous banks. According to the VoxCheck analysis, Hontareva speaks the truth in 8 of 14 cases, while the rest of her theses include exaggeration, manipulation and one falsehood. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.
Housing Problem. VoxCheck of Claims that Ukrainians Will Be Dispossessed of Accommodation Because of Debts for Utilities
The government claims that Ukrainians won’t be dispossessed of accommodation because of debts for utilities. The opposition says it’s a lie. According to the VoxCheck analysis, both camps are wrong. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.
VoxCheck of the Year. How Much Truth There Is in Serhiy Taruta’s Pamphlet about the Head of Ukraine’s Central Bank
The brochure by the Ukrainian MP Serhiy Taruta “Hontareva. A Threat to the Economic Security of Ukraine” has split politicians and experts into two opposing camps, those who support Taruta and those who support Valeriya Hontareva, the Head of the National Bank of Ukraine. VoxCheck has checked most of the facts from the brochure and has discovered that the data, though mostly correct, are manipulated in almost all occasions. The next VoxCheck edition will focus on checking the arguments made by the opponents of Taruta, Valeriya Hontareva and her deputies.
The inflation is huge, while earnings are not indexed!”, “The confiscated money of Yanukovych will siphon through the budget!, “But the state expenses are transparent!”. When the state budget for 2017 was presented in the Ukrainian parliament, politicians focused on two topics, the budget and the special confiscation. VoxCheck has found only two claims out of ten to be true. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.
Our FactCheck of the Opposition Bloc, one of the most popular parties in Ukraine, has revealed that they often include the data on the macroeconomic situation in Ukraine in their public discourses. For instance, the party members often speak about unemployment, the structure of the Ukrainian economy and state expenditures. However, they make many mistakes. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.
VoxChecking Mykola Azarov. Does His Idea of Increasing the Monetary Supply to Boost the Economy Make Sense
There is no such thing as former politicians. Despite his advancing years (68), the former prime minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov is an active Facebook user. He (or his assistants) publish several posts daily. VoxCheck has checked one of these posts, in which Azarov argues in favor of increasing the monetary supply. Some numbers have proved to be correct, yet the conclusions are deeply misleading. VoxCheck dedicates this article to the 20th anniversary of hryvnia and to the numerous mistakes that Ukrainian politicians and civil servants have made in the conduct of the monetary policy in the last 20 years. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.
An increase in crime in Ukraine is a fertile topic for political manipulation and intimidation of the population. Recently, politicians have spoken about it especially often. VoxCheck has tried to find out what exact opinions politicians express and whether they are confirmed by available data. Full text is available in Russian and Ukrainian.
Since her return in Ukraine, Nadiya Savchenko has given many interviews to both Ukrainian and international media. Yet she did not give meaningful speeches, with enough facts, and we could not apply VoxCheck to her. She mostly focused on expressing her attitude to various events. The press conference she gave on the 2nd of August became the first opportunity for VoxCheck. We have checked seven quotes by Savchenko and analyzed ten statements. Seven proved to be mistaken or manipulative and only three were correct. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.