Valerii Bolgan Fedir Sydoruk Tuesday Reitano

Port in a storm: Organized crime in Odesa since the Russian invasion

A Talk by Tuesday Reitano , Fedir Sydoruk and Valerii Bolgan

About this Talk

Odesa is a city of immense importance to Ukraine. Its port is the gateway through which most of Ukraine’s trade with the world is conducted, but it also holds a deeply symbolic place in the country’s heart – the so-called ‘Jewel of the Black Sea.’ It has also long been one of the most criminalized cities in Ukraine, both in terms of illicit flows through its port (including drugs, weapons, and contraband) and the high levels of corruption around the construction industry, law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and the customs agency. The city itself was also a stronghold of pro-Russian sentiment, even after the 2014 Maidan Revolution, which ousted President Viktor Yanukovych (who was politically close to Moscow), the conflict in the Donbas, and Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. At the same time, the Russian invasion of Ukraine dealt a severe blow to organized crime in Odesa. 

During the webinar, experts will present the key findings of this report, in particular: the blockade of the Odesa port, the role of law enforcement agencies, the new ways of making money in Odesa and the Odesa region, drug trafficking and smuggling of other goods.

05 September 2023, 07:00 PM

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

About The Speakers

Tuesday Reitano

Tuesday Reitano

Deputy Director, GI-TOC


Fedir Sydoruk

Fedir Sydoruk

Field Coordinator UKR-Obs, GI-TOC

Fedir (Fred) Sydoruk is the GI-TOC field coordinator in its Ukrainian observatory. He has worked in investigative reporting for 20 years, concentrating on high-scale corruption and illicit activity.


Valerii Bolgan

Valerii Bolgan

Intent Press