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Armored vests embezzlement: Ukraine's Defense Ministry officers still not notified of suspicion

Previously, the investigation found that three out of five purchased bulletproof vests were of poor quality
15:18, 23 July 2019

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In case of purchases for the Armed Forces of Ukraine at overcharged prices, in which the number of losses was preliminarily estimated as 3,8 million dollars, no official of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has yet been notified of suspicion. The press service of the State Bureau of Investigations said this in a commentary for 112.ua.

"Officials of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, as part of the investigation of criminal proceedings related to the purchase of high-priced low-grade firearms for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, were not reported to the investigators of the State Bureau of Investigation of Suspects", - told the bureau.

“The State Bureau of Investigations did not issue notices of suspicion to the officials of the Defense Ministry in the criminal case on purchases of overpriced armored vests of poor quality for Ukraine’s Armed Forces,” the bureau said.

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As it was reported earlier, on 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 (NSDC), 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.

On March 4, 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.

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.

Related: State Bureau for Investigations looks into possible embezzlement by Ukrspetsexport company officials

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