In cases of political leaders, any scandal gets such a powerful public response that it can put an end to their careers or even affect the future of the state. We bring to your attention the loudest political scandals in modern history.

Watergate scandal

One of the most notorious political scandals occurred in the United States in the summer of 1972, four months before the presidential election. Five people were detained in one of the premises of the Watergate Hotel. They were caught setting up equipment for wiretapping and filming documents of the election headquarters of George McGovern, the Democratic Party candidate.
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Suspicion fell on the current president Richard Nixon, running for a second term. Even before “Watergate”, he had films of Democratic conversations, obtained by illegal means, and one of the detainees was James McCord, an ex-criminal from the Nixon team.
37th President of the United States Richard Nixon37th President of the United States Richard Nixon
The upcoming scandal did not prevent Nixon from winning the election. However, the Watergate investigation continued at the initiative of Congress. At the disposal of the commission created for the analysis of "Watergate" was a tape recording the conversation of Nixon and the head of the apparatus - they discussed the possibility of hushing up the case.
In January 1973, the Watergate burglars were tried. Interest in the case has grown, the staff of the Washington Post published two books on the motives behind the investigation of the scandal. At the trial, criminal facts surfaced about the president’s closest circle: advisers, the Attorney General, and the financial director of the Nixon election campaign.
Watergate scandal. Documentary
In early 1974, the US House of Representatives announced the start of the impeachment procedure. On August 5, at the request of the Supreme Court, audio recordings were made public that confirmed that Nixon had been aware of the hacking of Watergate from the very beginning.
Four days later, on August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned. Since then, the “gate” suffix has become, one can say, a household name for large scandals that led to the collapse of anyone’s political career.

Doctoral dissertation of the President of Hungary

In 1992, the Hungarian politician and representative of the Olympic Committee, Pal Schmitt, defended his doctoral dissertation on the Olympic Games. Twenty years later, he, who was the president at the time, was accused of plagiarism. It turned out that his work almost completely borrowed the work of the Bulgarian sports leader Nikolai Georgiev. Schmitt was deprived of his doctoral degree, and three days later the politician announced his resignation from the presidential post.
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Bill Clinton's Love Adventures

The political scandal of 1998, associated with the name of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, received the widest resonance throughout the world. He touched on the intimate theme of the relationship politician and young intern Monica Lewinsky. In 1995, she took a job at the White House, where, over the next two years, she occasionally engaged in sexual relations with President Clinton.
Pictured: Bill Clinton and Monica LewinskyPictured: Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky
Their romance would have remained secret if Monica’s girlfriend had not made public the recording of their telephone conversation, in which Lewinsky told them the details of the communication with the president. At first, Clinton denied having sex with Lewinsky, even his wife Hillary took his side.
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After some time, while under oath, Monica reiterated that she had engaged in oral sex with the current US president. Already in court, Clinton admitted that he really entered into a "physical relationship" with the girl. The lie of the American politician almost became the reason for impeachment.

Interview of the Prime Minister of Ireland

On September 14, 2010, Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowan gave an interview to a Dublin radio station. He failed to answer the simplest questions about the economic policy of his government, confused several important dates from the history of the country, and in general frightened the listeners with a wobbling voice. It turned out that the day before he and his advisers had gathered to “discuss important political issues”, read: drink a bottle or two of something strong.
Irish Prime Minister gave an interview while drunk as a lordIrish Prime Minister gave an interview while drunk as a lord
The stereotype of Irish drinkers, of course, exists, but the act of the prime minister outraged citizens to the depths of his soul. The demands for resignation were even voiced by the representatives of the party to which the prime minister himself belonged.
January 11, 2011 Cowan left his post.But besides the "drunk" interview, the reason was the rather difficult economic situation in the country.

Murder of George Gongadze

Georgy Gongadze was a Ukrainian journalist, the founder of the Ukrainian Truth portal, which published an investigation into the criminal activities of President Leonid Kuchma and his closest associates.
George Gongadze was killed by order of the authorities.George Gongadze was killed by order of the authorities.
In the summer of 2000, he informed his relatives about the surveillance that was being conducted. Everywhere he was followed by a Zhiguli car. Two months later, on September 16, the journalist went missing; On November 2, his decapitated body was found in a forest a hundred kilometers from Kiev.
Oleksandr Moroz, leader of the Socialist Party of Ukraine, said that he had audio evidence of the involvement of the country's top leadership in the murder of a journalist (including Kuchma) made by presidential guard Nikolai Melnichenko.
The case of George Gongadze
The scandal led to mass protests, which many experts regard as prerequisites for the Orange Revolution. In 2011, a case was opened against Leonid Kuchma, closed a year later: the court found that the films are not sufficient evidence of guilt.

Savory Adventures of Silvio Berlusconi

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi more than once became a defendant in major scandals. He was accused of having links with the mafia and membership in the Masonic Lodge, tax fraud and even homosexuality. The latter did not withstand any criticism, because Berlusconi’s weakness was precisely women.
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Paparazzi more than once caught him in the company of girls of easy virtue. Not shunned the prime and intimate relationships with minors. So, it is known that he paid a 17-year-old Moroccan Ruby for taking part in sex parties in his villa.
Moroccan Ruby - the most famous woman of BerlusconiMoroccan Ruby - the most famous woman of Berlusconi
By the way, there were amazing rumors about Berlusconi's parties. It was rumored that he arranges orgies for his political partners, which he calls on underage prostitutes. Apparently, the rumors had real ground, because in 2011 two criminal cases were brought against him at once. The investigation had no doubt that Berlusconi was paying minors for sex. In the same year he left the post of prime minister.

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