Ukraine Articles

Ukraine v. Russia and the Kleptocrats, Atlantic Council, 2016

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In this paper I examine the prospects for Ukraine to recover the assets stolen by its kleptocratic rulers and how Ukraine may be able to successfully bring claims against the Russian Federation for the invasion, annexation and occupation of its territory. Essentially, I argue that the means are available, if the will is there, to recover the many billions stolen by the former regime. In respect of Russian claims I argue that the best forum is via the ECHR, with the precedent of the Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus. I also argue as a first step Ukraine needs to undertake a detailed study of its losses and have those losses verified by an international accounting board. Ultimately there will be a settlement and Ukraine needs to be able to know the size of the bill it can bring to the table at the settlement negotiations, aside from any legal proceedings.