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Who is corruptionist Nasirov, reinstated as Ukraine's State Fiscal Service chief?

Author : News Agency 112.ua

In January 2018, Ukraine’s Government dismissed Roman Nasirov, who was accused by Anti-Corruption Bureau detectives of causing 71 million USD damage to the state
10:30, 12 December 2018

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The district administrative court of Kyiv decided to cancel the government decree on sacking Roman Nasirov from the office of the Head of the State Fiscal Service (SFS). Moreover, his salary for the entire period of his absence is to be compensated. Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers fired Nasirov from his post in January of this year. Roman Nasirov considers it illegal and intends to prove it.

Roman Nasirov was born on March 3, 1979, in Chernihiv. His official biography says he has two degrees (financier and lawyer). Over the past few years, while heading the SFS, he has become Doctor of Science, Economics, and Candidate of Law Sciences. Nasirov began his career in 1997. However, official documents do not specify, what exactly he did before 2005.

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According to media reports, Nasirov was involved in the sphere of investments and securities. He headed the brokerage direction for the CIS countries in the London office of the American broker-investment bank CantorFitzgerald / BGC (2005-2007) and was the managing director at Concorde Capital (2007-2009). In March 2013, Nasirov has joined the State Food Grain Corporation of Ukraine (SFGCU) and became deputy chairman.

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This corporation is one of the most powerful state-owned enterprises in Ukraine's agricultural sector, which is engaged in the storage, processing, transshipment, and export of grain. As noted on the site of the enterprise, the State Funds Plant owns 10% of certified elevator capacities of Ukraine. The capabilities of the port terminals of the corporation can provide up to 6% of the average annual volume of export transshipment of Ukrainian grain. SFGCU processing enterprises are able to satisfy up to 10% of the needs of the domestic market of Ukraine in flour, cereals, and mixed feeds.

In November, special elections to the Verkhovna Rada, Nasirov was on the list of the pro-presidential Bloc of Petro Poroshenko and successfully received a deputy mandate. However, he did not manage to be an MP for a long time. After six months, he participated in the competition for the post of head of the State Fiscal Service and won it.

It is believed that he managed to defeat other 66 candidates for the country's chief taxation office due to the help of the then head of the Presidential Administration (Poroshenko’s administration) Borys Lozhkin. In particular, MP Serhiy Leshchenko publicly declared this to the public.

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In May 2015, Nasirov was officially appointed SFS chairman and he began to actively get into the media field. Nasirov has become an object to criticism. In particular, he was accused of corruption and pressure against the taxpayers.

For example, in the fall of 2015, his dismissed deputy, Kostyantyn Likarchuk, published a document from the UK land cadastre, according to which Nasirov allegedly owns real estate in London. Moreover, it was not declared in Ukraine. The official stated that the did not belong to him but were in his temporary possession. However, the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) is still interested in this fact.

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In November 2017, the Specialized Anti-Prosecution Prosecutor's Office passed the indictment against Nasirov. The investigation found out that Roman Nasirov was involved in corrupt acts in the gas extraction area; the case is related to the figure of Ukrainian MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko, who created a corrupt scheme. 

In April 2016, Nasirov got new taxation, and later journalist Savik Shuster accused him of putting pressure on his studio. The official responded that the fiscal system needs to be reformed and it is necessary to combat tax evasion.

All the facts of the inaccuracies of Nasirov formed the basis for MPs’ appeals to the Cabinet of Ministers demanding his dismissal, as well as the dismissal of his first deputy Serhiy Bilan. This was partially achieved only in March 2017.

Nasirov was detained as part of the investigation of the NABU gas business of ex-MP Onishchenko. In particular, Nasirov was charged with causing damage to the state in the amount of 71 million USD. He allegedly provided groundless tax installments to Onishchenko’s enterprises. Onishchenko fled from Ukraine in 2016.

Nasirov all the NABU rejects charges. According to him, GFS has legally provided tax installments to Onishchenko’s enterprises, and they did not cause damage to the state.

Subsequently, he still managed to deliver to the court and arrest with a pledge right of 3,2 million USD, although the prosecution petitioned about 71 million USD.

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Relatives of the official almost immediately paid the bail and the official was released. However, he was removed from the post of the SFS head.

According to NABU and the anti-corruption prosecutor's office, the official has a British passport, therefore he has violated the conditions of being on bail.

However, in June 2017, the Kyiv Solomenskiy court refused to collect bail, as the charges allegedly did not provide evidence of Nasirov’s British citizenship.

In addition, Nasirov is a citizen of Ukraine and Hungary.

According to Nasirov’s declaration, he earned 21 cents (in the form of interest in Ukrgasbank) in 2017. As in previous years, jewelry, works of art, antiques, wine, bags were mentioned in Nasirov’s declaration.

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In 2016, Nasirov declared 1.13 million dollars, 440 thousand euros and 3.4 million UAH (121,000 USD) in cash savings.

According to his declaration, he did not receive a salary for his work in the State Fiscal Service. At the same time, the official’s annual income amounted to 120,000 USD. Nasirov received almost all of these funds from the transfer of rights and obligations under the contract for participation in the Construction Financing Fund.

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