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Police Facelift Not Enough to Polish Ukraine’s Corruption Record

In Kiev, locals take snaps of the city’s revamped police force, complete with U.S.-style blue uniforms and smiles. Across town, camouflage-clad officers in masks lay out piles of $100 bills and diamonds seized from officials.

Events in Ukraine’s capital have some residents wondering whether the clampdown on corruption they’ve been itching for since the Soviet demise is finally under way. Failures by a string of governments to stem bribery and embezzlement contributed to two revolutions in a decade as the nation slid down graft rankings.