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Ukrainian Police Fine PM's Wife For Using Phone While Driving

Traffic police in Kyiv have fined Terezia Yatsenyuk, the wife of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, for talking on a mobile phone while driving.

Media reports in Ukraine say police fined the prime minister's wife in downtown Kyiv on January 27. She reportedly paid 425 hryvnyas ($17).

The police officer who fined Yatsenyuk refused to speak to journalists about the case.

The case is attracting media attention because police across most former Soviet republics avoid stopping cars or issuing fines to cars driven by relatives of senior government officials.

In Ukraine, the police forces have been undergoing reforms since the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014.

Eka Zguladze, a former deputy interior minister of Georgia who oversaw police reforms in her country from 2006 to 2012, is currently Ukraine's deputy interior minister.

She has been leading police reforms in Ukraine as well.

Based on reporting by and

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