The Main Investigation Department of the SBI, the State Bureau of Investigation has busted the large-scale gimmick; in appears that in 2018, the Ministry of Energy and Coal Production passed gas distribution systems to private operators for the free-of-charge use. The Ukrainian budget lost 530,000 US dollars due to that. Press office of the SBI reported that on June 3.
In February 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers issued the decree, according to which the use of state-owned gas distribution systems must be paid for. The state budget is supposed to get 10 percent from the salvage value.
However, in 2017, the-then officials of Energy Ministry signed deals with local bodies, letting them use the state-owned facility for free, without paying for gas distribution.
On June 3, the investigators of Main Investigation Department of the SBI conducted 47 simultaneous searches on the territory of Ukraine, including these in the Energy Ministry abd 37 private operators of gas distribution systems.
Pre-trial investigation is underway.