Schemes: Investigating Ukraine
Thursday 30 November 2023
November 27, 2023
Ukraine's Press Restrictions: Protecting Journalists Or The Government?
Only one state-controlled media outlet has been able to report from inside Ukraine’s parliament since Russia’s 2022 full-scale invasion. The government cites the risk of Russian strikes and other possible security threats to justify the ban, but critics worry that censorship is the real objective.
November 01, 2023
Satellite Images Suggest Russia Is Ramping Up Production Capacity For Its War Against Ukraine
An analysis of satellite images by Schemes, RFE/RL's Ukrainian investigative unit, indicates that Russia is actively building up its production capacity for military equipment and developing new factories as it continues to reorient its economy toward its war against Ukraine.
October 24, 2023
Redut: The Fake PMC Feeding Recruits Into The Kremlin's War Against Ukraine
A purported private military company called Redut is in reality a recruitment system for combat units that is coordinated and funded by Russia's armed forces and their intelligence agency, the GRU, RFE/RL investigative units Schemes and Systema have found.
October 13, 2023
Ukrainian Election Official Waits Out War Abroad, Investigation Finds
A Schemes investigation revealed that a Central Election Commission member has been living and working outside of Ukraine since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022, with evidence pointing to the U.S. state of Florida.
August 11, 2023
Revealed: Documents Show That Russia Is Hitting Ukraine With Ukrainian Missiles
RFE/RL has found documentary evidence that Russia is attacking Ukraine with cruise missiles that Kyiv handed over to Moscow in the 1990s. The serial numbers of numerous missiles that hit targets in Ukraine match those of missiles listed in the 1999 agreement on the weapons handover.
July 28, 2023
Ukrainian Judge Received Russian Citizenship Based On Official Residence In Occupied Crimea, Investigation Finds
A Ukrainian judge has Russian citizenship and used her Russian passport to fly to Moscow from occupied Crimea and to receive medical services on the peninsula, Schemes, the investigative unit of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, has found.
July 13, 2023
Revealed: Ukraine Approved Film Licenses For Moscow Movie Mogul's Firm Amid War With Russia
A Ukrainian film distributor co-owned by the producer of the patriotic Russian movies Stalingrad and Battalion secured licenses to distribute and show films in Ukraine during the first year of Russia’s full-scale invasion, the investigative unit of RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service has discovered.
June 17, 2023
Bribery Defendant Used Ukrainian Military 'Aid' Mission To Flee Prosecution, Investigation Finds
Cooperation between Ukraine’s Special Operations Forces and Main Intelligence Directorate on a "humanitarian aid" mission led to the State Border Service authorizing an indicted Ukrainian politician to leave the country, Schemes, the investigative unit of RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service, has found.
May 13, 2023
Detained Ukrainian Industrialist, Suspected Of Collaboration, Requests Transfer To Russia
Former Motor Sich aviation-engine plant head Vyacheslav Bohuslayev, whom the government suspects of encouraging Russia's invasion of Ukraine, has asked to be exchanged for Ukrainian prisoners in Russia, RFE/RL has found.
May 10, 2023
Sanctioned Billionaire Fridman Linked To Insurance On Russian Military Vehicles Used In Ukraine
Russian businessman Mikhail Fridman faces the potential confiscation of his Ukrainian business investments after a Schemes investigation found that a company he co-owns insured Russian National Guard vehicles, some of which have traveled to Ukraine since the full-scale invasion in February 2022.
April 08, 2023
Prices For Ukrainian Army Food Supplies Inflated, Investigation Finds
Contracts and tax documents acquired by Schemes, the investigative unit of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, show that at least five of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's catering contractors charge a premium for delivering basic food to Ukrainian troops.
March 19, 2023
Ukraine's Confiscation Of Russian Assets Stymied By Bureaucracy, Investigation Finds
While it scours the world for Russian assets to confiscate as compensation for war damages, Ukraine itself has confiscated the property of only four Russian tycoons and two state-owned Russian banks since May 2022.
Schemes (Skhemy) is an award-winning investigative news project run by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service that focuses on exposing high-level corruption. It was created in the wake of the 2014 Maidan Revolution.