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18:31, February 28, 2013

Editor’s Note:  The following is an investigation conducted by the Washington-based Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a Kyiv Post partner. The authors are Kyiv-based Ukrainian journalists working for the investigative bureau Slidstvo.info.

ODESA, Ukraine – A stretch of dried-up swamp on the outskirts of Odesa is where probably more cash is exchanged daily than just about any other location in Ukraine. The 50-hectare location is known as Euroterminal, a cargo and customs clearinghouse with a murky ownership structure that has support from Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych, who helped get it started.

Soon after the new terminal was built in 2011, government officials created a new Southern Customs branch at the private terminal. Some of the country’s imports of food, consumer goods and other essentials delivered through Ukraine’s largest sea terminal now go through this private business.

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