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Ukroboronprom claims theft cases at Antonov aircraft plant

Source : 112 Ukraine

This became known thanks to the forensic audit conducted by Ernst&Young company
15:43, 20 November 2020

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Ukraine's state-run defense concern Ukroboronprom claimed that there are facts of internal sabotage among the staff of Antonov aircraft plant. Ukroboronprom's Acting Director General Ihor Fomenko said so as quoted by 112.ua's correspondent.

These facts became known thanks to the forensic audit conducted by Ernst&Young company; French government provided the grant funds to get the research done. Having considered the rresults of the audit, Ukroboronprom's management assumes that Ukraine's law enforcers should assess the situation next.

According to Roman Bodnar, First Deputy of Ukroboronprom's Director General, the Antonov's audit was the response to the request of special services, as they asked to look into possible facts of damage done to the national initerest - via abuse and corruption cases that occurred at this strategic aircraft engineering enterprise.

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When Ernst&Young performed the audit, they, then, offered to create a supervisory board at Antonov enterprise. "According to regulations, Ukroboronprom has no right to hinder the production activities of enterprises - only to assign managers. The only tool could be the superevisory board, which can develop transparent and understandable control procedures that would not let any legal infringements", Fomenko explained. "Antonov's staff did not support the introduction of the supervisory board with broad authorities. "We surely understand that a lot of people don't like the transparency, and so the wave of ourage erupted. Many people have no idea what's going on at Antonov, no idea about the extent of theft and manipulations that are taking place at this enterprise. Because, as a matter of fact, the enterprise is being destroyed from the inside, the internal corrosion eats it alive. Unfortunately, the Antonov staff believes that the plant belongs to them; consequently, they are extremely uncomfortable with introduction of the right procedures aiming to remove conditions for acts of corruptuion and theft". 

Solving these matters is especially crucial now, as Antonov enterprise is getting prepared to sign a contract with the Defense Ministry. It foresees construction of three new An-178 cargo planes.

Related: Antonov has released first aircraft without Russian parts

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