Kiev, March 20, 2018. Last week at the press meeting dedicated to announcing the company’s 2017-year results, the head of the Pobuzhsky Ferronickel Plant's legal department Rustam Dzhamhurov called on the Ukrainian authorities to amend legislation to protect international investors from blackmailing and false accusations brought by the so-called anti-corruption activists.
In response to journalists’ questions Mr. Dzhamhurov said:
“It is absolutely necessary to change the laws and approaches the state now exercises while dealing with the requests from organizations like IACC. It is worth establishing a system of reimbursing the costs caused by the falsified claims.”
In late 2017 a number of exporting businesses, including Borshchahivskiy chemical-pharmaceutical plant, LLC “Delta Wilmar CIS”, Zhytomyroblenergo and Pobuzhsky ferronickel plant, drew the attention of the charitable foundation IACC. The foundation sent out several appeals to the state authorities of Ukraine and a few foreign countries claiming the companies were involved in a variety of criminal activities. The scale of IACC performance became noticeable enough for the prime minister of Ukraine to order two ministries to work on the problems the Foundation’s public statements created for a number of exporting businesses.
After checking facts, Ukrainian state authorities declined all appeals as no documented proof of the illegal performance brought up by the Foundation "International Anti-Corruption Courts" in their claims was found. This proves IACC performance is based on blackmailing and providing false facts about the operation of a number of export businesses to the respected state entities of Ukraine and foreign countries.
By sending false statements IACC complicates the company’s business operations, initiates audits, and puts administrative pressure on business. This can be seen as an attempt to devalue the reputation of the companies in the spotlight and of their investors nationally and internationally. On January 18, one of the businesses highlighted by the IACC called a halt to the USD 150 mln investment project.
According to the head of the Pobuzhsky Ferronickel Plant's legal department, there should be clear guidelines obliging the authorities of Ukraine to make the swindlers accountable for the expenses caused by their actions. As well, there should be changes in the law regulating cases where the claimants have falsely accused trustworthy citizens of criminal activities. These types of cases can only be heard in the criminal courts.
“Also, it is necessary to widen the interpretation of the concept of "counteraction". This would help the courts to identify the existence of unreasonable obstacles to economic activities based on fact falsification as counteraction, and act accordingly.”– commented Rustam Dzhamhurov.