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Rally against embezzlement in defense industry held in Kyiv

Participants of the rally demanded that defendants in Ukroboronprom case be brought to justice
17:17, 23 March 2019

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Several thousand supporters of the National Corps political party gathered on Independence Square in Kyiv. They demanded to prosecute Oleg Gladkovsky, the former First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, his son Igor and other defendants in the so-called Ukroboronprom embezzlement case. This is reported by Ukrainian News.

The rally began at about 12:35. About 2,000 people gathered on the square.

The protesters called to arrest the accounts and property of the Gladkovsky family, as well as other participants in the embezzlement scheme at the Ukroboronprom state concern - Vitaly Zhukov, Andriy Rogoza, as well as the concern's management, etc.

The rally participants themselves demanded that offenders should be punished with maximum terms of imprisonment.

According to the speaker of the National Corpus Oleksander Alferov, such actions will take place until the demands of the protesters are heard.

After the rally, people moved to the building of the Presidential Administration. They were accompanied by the police.

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The international audit of Ukroboronprom, Ukraine's leading defense industry enterprise should take place by the end of the year. Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine said that during his interview to TV channels, as Interfax-Ukraine news agency quoted him. 

'The tender procedures will last for two months; speaking of how much time would the audit take place, I'd say for sure it will be over this year', the President said. 

He also added that he would pay maximum efforts to speed up this process. Currently, the government and the National Security Council should start the procedure of selection of the auditing authority, Poroshenko concluded. 'It should be a respected international company with certain credibility level', he concluded.

The National Security and Defense Council instructed to perform the full and comprehensive audit of Ukroboronprom, the leading defense enterprise in this country. The press service of the National Security and Defense Council reports this.

“According to the results of the session, it is instructed to immediately fund the full audit of Ukroboronprom, the enterprises and the participants with involvement in the audit foreign experts. The General Prosecutor’s Office together with State Investigation Bureau, Security Service of Ukraine and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau should examine the enterprise and check the published by the press facts about violation of the purchases of defense articles, and they should announce the results to the people”, - the report said.

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