Czech ambassador to Ukraine dismisses allegations of corrupt visa-operation

The Czech ambassador to Ukraine Jaroslav Bašta has dismissed allegations that his embassy had run an illegal visa operation in which applicants were asked to register with a private firm which collected money from them illegally. According to the Ukrainian news server Korespondent the operation lasted for over eight months during which time more than 30, 000 visa applicants paid 20 US dollars each to the private firms’ account. The server said the Ukrainian authorities were looking into the case.