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Confidential stamp to be removed from part of defense order, - Interior Minister

National Security and Defense Council decided to reduce the number of the classified positions in the state defense order in the next fiscal year
11:19, 5 July 2019

Arsen Avakov, Internal Minister of Ukraine
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov stated about the intention of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to reduce the number of the classified positions in the state defense order in the next fiscal year as Ukrinform reported.

“It was already told about the necessity to remove the “confidential” stamp from the majority of the positions of the state defense order as very often the schemes are hidden behind them,” Avakov said.

According to him, the NSDC held the session recently and decided to reduce the number of classified positions in the state defense order in the next fiscal year.

Related: Officials of Ukraine's Malyshev defense plant bust on bribery

Interior Minister added that such a step will provide the possibility of the holding of the competitive purchases.

Earlier National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Danylyuk announced the creation of the coordination center on the implementation of the reforms of the defense and industrial complex as NSDC working body.

February 25, journalist investigations Bihus.Info, Nashi Hroshi program alleged that Igor Gladkovsky, the son of close Poroshenko ally Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), organized a corruption scheme to smuggle spare military-equipment parts from Russia in 2015. State defense facilities purchased the smuggled spare parts from private companies linked to Hladkovsky and his friends at highly inflated prices. Ukroboronprom state concern knew the origin of the smuggled parts but agreed to purchase them.

Igor Gladkovsky, along with Vitaliy Zhukov and Andriy Rogoza were supplying smuggled Russian components and components from the Ukrainian military units through straw companies at prices 2-4 times higher than market ones.

On March 4, Poroshenko dismissed Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council from his post. he replaced his close associate with Maksym Kryvonos, one of the presidential nominees, who withdrew his candidacy in favor of Poroshenko and was soon appointed NSDC high-ranker.

As it was reported earlier, the investigators of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office detained the acting and former directors of the State Foreign Trade Enterprise SpetsTechnoExport on suspicion of embezzling $2,225 million, according to NABU.

Related: Embezzlement at Antonov Enterprise: Suspect dismissed from Defense Ministry year ago

On April 24, a bill that provides for the liquidation of Ukroboronprom state enterprise was registered in the Verkhovna Rada. 

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