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Rotterdam+ case: Defense Council to hear NABU soon

Source : 112 Ukraine

In March 2017 the bureau opened a criminal investigation into the controversial scheme revealing that it cost Hr 19 billion ($750 million) to Ukrainian electricity consumers
22:52, 10 November 2021

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The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) will soon hear a report from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) on the "Rotterdam +" case.This was announced by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov during a briefing.

"In the coming days, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, we will hear representatives of the relevant security agency - NABU - regarding the Rotterdam + case," Danilov said.

In March 2017 the bureau opened a criminal investigation into the controversial scheme revealing that it cost Hr 19 billion ($750 million) to Ukrainian electricity consumers.

The bureau also issued notices of suspicion to six individuals involved in the scheme. Among the suspects are Volodymyr Yevdokimov, director of the state-run energy enterprise Market Operator and Dmytro Vovk, the former chief of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission, a protégé of former President Petro Poroshenko.

Two more suspects were said to be top managers from Ukraine’s energy giant DTEK, owned by Ukraine’s richest billionaire oligarch Rinat Akhmetov.

According to the previous allegations, the DTEK benefited from the high prices created by Rotterdam+ as its Eurobonds soared and income increased after the formula’s adoption.

Detectives from NABU, however, gathered enough evidence to submit to the court and prove the suspects guilty, the bureau said. 

Ukraine’s specialized anti-corruption office, however, could not obtain more evidence because the time limit of the pre-trial investigation has already expired.

According to NABU, the prosecutor did not demand the materials of the proceeding for the entire time of the investigation, so the detectives did not understand why he closed the case instead of submitting it to the court.

The “Rotterdam+” case was one of the NABU’s priorities aiming to fight the corruption in the energy sector.

 

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