Corruption whistleblowers have the right to report corruption anonymously – IDF expert

27.01.2020

Corruption whistleblower has the right to report corruption anonymously (without revealing his/hers identity)

It was stated by an expert of Innovation and Development Foundation and co-author of the law on corruption whistleblowers Roman Zhovnir, commenting on the provisions of the law on corruption whistleblowers.

"At the same time we should not forget that respective authorities will consider this information only if it is specific, accurate and contains factual data that can be verified," explains the expert.

According to Roman Zhovnir, it is forbidden to disclose information about the whistleblower, his relatives or other data that can identify the whistleblower and his relatives to third parties that are not involved in the consideration, verification and / or investigation of the facts reported by the whistleblower, as well as to persons,  whose actions or inactions relate to the facts reported by the whistleblower, except in cases prescribed by the law.

Violation of these provisions brings administrative responsibility (Art.178-2 of the Administrative Code).

When a person publishes corruption report or investigation on the WikiInvestigation crowdsourcing platform, he or she automatically acquires the status of a corruption whistleblower.

January 1, the amendments to the law concerning the corruption whistleblowers came into force. It stipulates that the right to remuneration is entitled to the whistleblower who reports a corruption crime, which monetary value of the object is 5 thousand and more than the minimum subsistence level for able-bodied persons (more than 10 million UAH).

The amount of remuneration should be determined by the court within 10% of the monetary amount of the object of the corruption crime. The amount of remuneration cannot exceed 3 thousand minimum wages.