The Supreme Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine provided the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) with temporary access to official memos of Naftogaz regarding the payment of bonuses to 41 employees of the company, as ‘Our money’ reports, referring to the decision of May 4.
The court made this decision as part of the investigation into the abuse of members of the Supervisory Board, the chairman and members of the board of Naftogaz, in their decision to pay bonuses to company employees. This decision entailed consequences in relation to state interests.
The investigation established that in February 2018, the Arbitration Institute of the Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm met Naftogaz’s claims for the recovery of transit debts from the Russian Gazprom in the total amount of $ 4.67 billion. After offsetting, the debt amounted to $ 2.57 billion.
Subsequently, in April of that year, members of the Supervisory Board of Naftogaz appointed bonuses to the board and some other employees, in total 41 people. The total remuneration amounted to 1% of the total winnings of $ 43.6 million.
It is noted that at the time the decision was made, funds to the account of Naftogaz had not yet arrived. In addition, the minutes of the meeting did not provide a list of employees and the number of bonuses payable, and also did not indicate the contribution of each employee from this list to the victory over Gazprom.
The investigation noted that the representation of Naftogaz’s interests in Stockholm was not carried out by NAC employees, but by Wikbord Rein Advokatfirms AS on the basis of a number of contracts for the procurement of legal services.
NABU detectives had previously obtained access to the documents of Naftogaz, but then they were not provided with all the documents on the basis of which the payment of bonuses took place. In particular, information regarding the circumstances of the preparation of the service notes and their certified copies were not provided.
As we reported earlier, Naftogaz-Ukraine has decided to dismiss its executive director Yuriy Vitrenko who has been involved with legal actions against the Russian Gazprom in recent years.