Anti-prosecution authorities exchange charges with dragging investigation into corruption in defense area

Source : 112 Ukraine

NABU, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau accuses the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office of ignoring NABU's initiatives related to the information about corrupt practices in Ukraine's defense and security sector
14:43, 12 April 2019

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NABU, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau charged the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) with dragging the investigation into corrupt acts in the defense area. The respective statement appeared on the Facebook page of NABU.

SAP has been ignoring the NABU initiatives related to the investigation into the pieces of information released by investigative reporters.

'The SAP leadership publicly insists on the necessity of an active investigation into the embezzling acts in the defense sector. However, their actions really differ from that announced by the media. In fact, SAP disrupts the investigation of NABU, which was initiated based on the materials by bureau. NABU has immediately demanded that the Prosecutor General's Office began a criminal proceeding, which possible contains letters published by the media. However, it is impossible without SAP approval. Instead, SAP has been ignoring this initiative for almost a month now, never explaining a thing'.  

Related: SAP denies NABU's allegations of sabotage of investigation in Ukroboronprom

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, 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.

Related: Poroshenko orders to conduct public audit of Ukroboronprom before April 16

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.

Related: SAP accuses NABU of intentional prolonging of Ukroboronprom investigation

On March 4, President Petro 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: Ukroboronprom asks not to make defense industry topic 'political'

According to the investigation, Poroshenko's enterprise Kuznia na Rybalskomu was one of the straw companies, which participated in the embezzlement.

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