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Anti-Corruption Bureau sabotages investigation of Ukraine's defense sector embezzlement

Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office Head accused the NABU of the intentional prolonging of the investigation of embezzlement in the defense sector
15:29, 9 April 2019

Nazar Kholodnytskyi
NABU

The detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) sabotage the investigation on the embezzlement in the defense sphere, as Depo.ua reported citing Nazar Kholodnytsky, the Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine (SAP).

He made such a statement about the investigation of the embezzlement case in the defense sphere: “We listened to all criminal proceedings; the NABU detectives have about 15 of them. In fact, we have seen that investigation in all proceedings is sabotaged.’

Kholodnytsky added that the complaint with the identified violations was sent to the Council of the Public Control this week: “We are waiting for its response.”

Related: Ukroboronprom defense concern management should take polygraph, - Poroshenko

On April 3, SAP accused NABU of the intentional prolonging of the investigation of embezzlement in the defense sector.

February 25, journalist investigations Bihus.Info, 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 knew the origin of the smuggled parts but agreed to purchase them.

Igor Gladkovsky, along with Vitaliy Zhukov and Andriy Rogoza were supplying smuggled Russian components and components from the Ukrainian military units through straw companies at prices 2-4 times higher than market ones.

Related: Poroshenko orders to conduct public audit of Ukroboronprom before April 16

On March 4, President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council from his post. he replaced his close associate with Maksym Kryvonos, one of the presidential nominees, who withdrew his candidacy in favor of Poroshenko and was soon appointed NSDC high-ranker.

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.

According to the investigation, Poroshenko's enterprise Kuznia na Rybalskomu was one of the straw companies, which participated in the embezzlement. 

 

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