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Embezzlement in Ukraine's army: Bail for each detained official of Ukroboronprom surpasses USD 1 mln

The officials are suspected in embezzling $2,225 million
15:36, 5 March 2019

Ukraine’s defense state enterprise Ukroboronprom
korrespondent.net

Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP) asks to establish the sum of bail in more than a million dollars for each detained official of State Enterprise SpetsTechnoExport, as 112 Ukraine reported citing SAP Head Nazar Kholodnytsky.

“All of them were handed the motions on the choosing of the restrictive measure. The SAP asks for holding in custody. As the Code of Criminal Procedure demands, we are obliged to ask the alternative, the bail, along with the detention. The bail for each of them is established in the sum of more than one million dollars,” Kholodnytsky noted.

As we reported 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.

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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, which supervises defense industry production facilities, knew the origin of the smuggled parts but agreed to purchase them.

Igor Gladkovsky, along with Vitaliy Zhukov (former advisor of “Ukroboronprom” Director, the member of supervisory council of “Meridian” company till 2013, former assistant of Yuriy Tereshchenko, ex-Head of State Service of export control, Oleg Gladkovsky’s friend, - ed.) and Andriy Rogoza (CEO of “Inter Steel Ltd.”, - ed.) were supplying smuggled Russian components and components from the Ukrainian military units through straw companies at prices 2-4 times higher than market ones.

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Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has initiated impeachment proceedings against Poroshenko, as his Leninska Kuznia company was involved as a straw company.

“Ukroboronprom” called the investigation of the journalists of “Nashi Groshi” (Our Money) show on the embezzlements by concern’s officials “manipulations”.

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