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Anti-corruption body opens criminal proceeding against UkrSpetsExport officials

The proceeding is qualified as the acquisition of the especially large sum of state funds committed on a preliminary agreement by a group of people
17:18, 5 March 2019

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National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has registered a new criminal proceeding after the third video on the embezzlement in the purchase in the defense sector was published by the investigation journalists, as the NABU reported.

“On the result of the analysis of the information outlined in the third part of the investigation of Lesya Ivanova and Bihus.info about the corruption in the defense sphere, the NABU detectives have registered one more criminal proceeding. Preliminary its legal qualification is under part 5, article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine,” the message said.

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The information was put on the Unified register of pretrial investigation on the fact of the acquisition of the especially large sum of state funds committed on a preliminary agreement by a group of people. It appears that heads of the State Enterprise UkrSpetzExport committed the abuse of authority during the purchase of details and component parts for aircraft.

“We point out that the mentioned facts and the texting between the involvants of three published parts of the investigation, which possibly can be contained in the materials of the investigation of the military prosecutor’s office, were not passed to the NABU by the Prosecutor General’s Office”.

As it was reported earlier, the investigators of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office detained the acting and former directors of the State Foreign Trade Enterprise SpetsTechnoExport on suspicion of embezzling $2,225 million, according to NABU.

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February 25, journalist investigations Bihus.Info and Nashi Hroshi program alleged that Igor Gladkovsky, the son of close Poroshenko ally Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, organized a corruption scheme to smuggle spare military-equipment parts from Russia in 2015. State defense facilities purchased the smuggled spare parts from private companies linked to Hladkovsky and his friends at highly inflated prices. Ukroboronprom state concern, which supervises defense industry production facilities, knew the origin of the smuggled parts but agreed to purchase them.

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